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  • Policy Studies Undergraduate Program

  • The Policy Studies program offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences helps students understand the impacts of policies at all levels—from national, state, and local governments and from nonprofit and private business institutions. Our program provides the tools you will need to find a satisfying career path while being a good citizen and making your community better.

    The Policy Studies program started in 1976. Today, it is one of the largest interdisciplinary majors at the Maxwell School and the College of Arts and Sciences.

    What Can Policy Studies Do for You?

    The Policy Studies major helps you build professional skills to support your career goals and make a difference that is to do well and do good.

    You will acquire practical skills by studying policy issues; and you will develop skills in planning, management, problem solving, data collection and analysis, computer applications, written and oral communications, and interpersonal relations.

    What Makes Our Policy Studies Program Different?

    Our coursework requires community-based learning.

    In our Policy Studies program, you have the opportunity to earn up to 15 credit hours not only for internship experience, but also for paid jobs.  

    Our program treats policies at all levels.

    Policymaking is essentially problem-solving, and it's a vital aspect of our daily lives -- from our personal relationships to the rules we follow as members of society.

    At Maxwell, we study the policymaking process and policy implications across all sectors -- private business, nonprofit, and government, to provide you with the tools you will need to make policies at all levels. 

    Our guiding foundation is to develop skills through experience.

    The experiences you have while completing the major will help you land highly paid summer internships as a student and jobs as a graduate. You will have experience that demonstrates your skills. A resume is only a ticket to an interview. The interview is where you prove your skills through sharing reports and stories about your accomplishments and experiences.

    >> Learn more about our Policy Studies major.

  • Pursuing the Policy Studies Program at Syracuse University as a pre-med was critical for me to be able to understand legislation and policy making as a future medical provider. I’ve been asked to serve as a member of the board for the Alliance for Fertility Preservation, as I will begin my time as a physician in a few short months. I am grateful for what the policy studies program did to prepare me to survive medical school and beyond. 

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    ~ Katherine Frega'16 BA (PSt)

    Medical Student and Research Assistant, Upstate Medical University

  • Policy Studies News

    Alumna Kristen Patel named Gregg Professor of Practice at Maxwell

    Kristen (Kris) Patel, a distinguished alumna of the Maxwell School (’90 Econ, PSt) with more than 25 years of experience leading intelligence and analytics programs in the public and private sectors, is the new Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs. In her new role, Patel will serve as faculty member in the Policy Studies Program and teach undergraduate courses in policy studies and graduate courses in public administration and international affairs. Patel will be a research associate in Maxwell’s PARCC and contribute to Syracuse University’s Intelligence Center Community of Academic Excellence.


    Maxwell faculty and students honored with 2020 One University awards

    Syracuse University announced its 2020 One University Awards, honoring members of the University community for their scholarship, teaching, academic achievement, leadership and service. The annual ceremony was scheduled to take place on April 17 in Hendricks Chapel, but was canceled due to COVID-19 guidelines.


    Senior Kara Foley wins top undergraduate research prize

    Kara Foley, a senior majoring in international relations and policy studies, won the Maxwell School’s annual Ben and Marcia Baldanza Prize for top undergraduate research paper, as part of the School’s annual efforts to recognize exemplary undergraduate research. Xinzhi Lin, a senior history and international relations major, was awarded an honorable mention for his research paper. Francine D’Amico received the Ben and Marcia Baldanza Faculty Advisor of the Year Award.

  • Skills through Experience

    We provide you with the tools to develop these 10 essential skills needed for analyzing, making, and implementing policies.

    • No. 1
      Taking Responsibility
    • No. 2
      Developing Physical Skills
    • No. 3
      Communicating Verbally
    • No. 4
      Communicating in Writing
    • No. 5
      Working Directly with People
    • No. 6
      Influencing People
    • No. 7
      Gathering Information
    • No. 8
      Using Quantitative Tools
    • No. 9
      Asking and Answering the Right Questions
    • No. 10
      Solving Problems
  • Community Partnership Program

    with Government Organizations, Nonprofits, and Businesses

    Are you interested in working with our wonderful students as interns or volunteers?

    >> Learn more about our Community Partnership Program.

  • Policy Studies Newsletter

    View January 2020 newsletter

Policy Studies Program
102 Maxwell Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-1090
Phone: +1.315.443.2348