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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

    Patel piece on the battle against illicit finance published by Law360

    "Why We're Losing The Battle Against Illicit Finance," co-authored by Kristen Patel, Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, was published by Law360. Patel and co-author William Lichtenfels argue that the U.S. Department of the Treasury's anti-money laundering framework, as well as the department's bureaucratic structure, is not fit for purpose and is due for an overhaul. 12/07/21


    Zwick explores the relationship between technology and cities

    In his new book, “The Platform Economy and the Smart City: Technology and the Transformation of Urban Policy” (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2021), Maxwell School faculty member Austin Zwick explores the intersection between urban planning and technological change.


    Patel talks to WORLD about changes in US intelligence after 9/11

    Kristen Patel, Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs, was interviewed on WORLD's podcast "The World and Everything in It" about changes in the U.S. intelligence community that came after the 9/11 attacks via the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

  • 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