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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.
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.
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.
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.
~ Katherine Frega'16 BA (PSt)
Medical Student and Research Assistant, Upstate Medical University
Maxwell faculty and students honored with 2020 One University awards
Senior Kara Foley wins top undergraduate research prize
Maxwell students selected as 2020-21 Remembrance Scholars
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We provide you with the tools to develop these 10 essential skills needed for analyzing, making, and implementing policies.
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>> Learn more about our Community Partnership Program.
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