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Policy Studies B.A.

You will be introduced to the historical, social, economic and political factors shaping contemporary policy issues at the local, state, national and global levels.
Policy Studies student in front of the Hall of Languages
Policy studies student stands in Eggers Hall.

About this Program

As a student in the policy studies program, you will:

  • gain understanding of the policymaking process,
  • learn how policymaking decisions affect people and communities, and
  • complete a research project for a government agency or organization

Program Information

Degree Type






College or School

Career Path

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Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs is Syracuse University’s home for innovative, interdisciplinary teaching and research in the social sciences, public policy, public administration and international relations. It includes America’s No. 1 ranked graduate program in public affairs, offering highly regarded professional degrees alongside advanced scholarly degrees in the social sciences. It’s also home to undergraduate programs across the full spectrum of social sciences.
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The policy studies curriculum allows you to build on a strong foundation in public affairs, social sciences, management, education, communications, visual arts and more. You won’t just study the process of how to influence and shape policy, you will learn to apply it. The major requires 10 courses: seven required core courses and three electives.

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