• Welcome to the Policy Studies Program

    "Undergraduates Building Professional Policy Skills Through Jobs, Internships, Community Engagement and Independent Studies"

    Disclaimer: The outcomes described in these materials illustrate past student achievements and are not guaranteed for current and future students.

    The Right Tools for the Real World

    The Policy Studies Program, offered by the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences, is available to all Syracuse University undergraduates. It is the home of the Policy Studies major and minor along with several community service, student projects, internships, career advising, and job programs. Understanding public policy comes through hands-on activities to make a better world. Students practice the 10 Skill Sets listed below to gain the skills they need to succeed in careers and citizenship.

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    Discover the 10 Skill Sets for success in all careers and citizenship.

    Learn about PST 101, the gateway course to gaining skills for community service, jobs, internships and independent studies. It is also the introductory course to the Policy Studies major and minor.

    Get credit for internships, jobs and services.

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    Skills Win

    10 Skill Sets for Success in Career and Citizenship

  • Policy Studies News

    Coplin talks about his new book with Inside Higher Ed

    "Professors teach; most of them teach undergraduates. This is their path to self-redemption," according to The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It (Rowman & Littlefield). Professor Bill Coplin, the author, tells Inside Higher Ed that he wrote the book so faculty can try out things that worked for him, many of which are small and don’t take a lot of time or effort.


    Maxwell alum John Mandyck discusses sustainability implications in HBR

    "What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings," co-authored by John Mandyck ’89 BA (PSt)/’92 MPA, was published in the Harvard Business Review. "Board members’ fiduciary duty, as well as their advisory and oversight responsibilities, require an understanding of sustainability and the impact of ESG ratings on both enterprise and shareholder value," write Mandyck and co-author Silda Wall Spitzer.


    Zwick discusses Uber, Lyft drivers strike in Agence France Presse

    Austin Zwick, assistant teaching professor of public affairs, was quoted in the Agence France Press article "Uber, Lyft Drivers Strike to Press Demands on Rideshare Firms." Zwick says the job actions are an attempt to shift the balance of power between drivers and platforms, which now have the power to arbitrarily determine compensation and benefits.