• 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

    Pudles, AnswerNet play an important role in the COVID-19 pandemic

    Gary Pudles '84 BA (PSt), president and CEO of AnswerNet, was featured in the Forbes article "Call Centers Can Help Americans Weather The COVID-19 Calamity." AnswerNet is a call center outsourcer operating throughout North America and was awarded a large contract to make outbound calls for the State of New York to book appointments for COVID-19 testing.


    Mazur cited in Conversation article on fake science

    Professor Allan Mazur's research into the nature of irrational belief systems, their social roots, and their cultural and political impact was cited in the Conversation article "How technology can combat the rising tide of fake science."


    Maxwell student Kyle Rosenblum named SU's first Schwarzman Scholar

    Kyle Rosenblum, a senior policy studies major in the Maxwell School, has been named a Schwarzman Scholar. He is Syracuse University’s first Schwarzman Scholar. Rosenblum, who is also student in the Renée Crown University Honors Program and a 2020 Class Marshal, was one of 145 scholars selected from more than 4,700 applicants from around the world.

  • 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