​Citizenship and Civic Engagement

​Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

The citizenship and civic engagement major (CCE) is a unique double major program through which Syracuse undergraduates explore the concept of the 'public good' in intellectual, tangible and practical ways. 

The curriculum blends the crosscutting interdisciplinary concerns of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs—policy research, conflict management, community collaboration, civic leadership, and the administration and operation of civil society organizations and government agencies; theories and methodologies taught by Maxwell’s discipline-based social science departments; and experience working with community-based partners.

Students pair this nationally unique curriculum with any SU major of policy relevance, using the ‘companion major’ as another lens through which to view and contribute to the public good. CCE culminates with the creation of a senior capstone Action Plan project that includes rigorous research on, and analysis of, an issue of social concern, done in collaboration with a community partner in Central New York or elsewhere.

Major in citizenship and civic engagement


Sample Courses

Core coursework encompasses the breadth of social sciences. Sample courses include:

  • Critical Issues for the United States
  • Global Community
  • Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences
  • Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship
  • Research in Civic Engagement
  • Action Plan Workshop

View all major requirements.

Practical Experience

This major provides many experiential learning opportunities, including the chance to:

  • Plug into national networks of publicly engaged scholars and community engagement professionals
  • Work inside a community-based organization or an elected official’s office
  • Receive training and practice in conflict management and community collaboration
  • Design a community-based project that addresses a social problem
  • Communicate the findings of original research to community-based organizations and elected officials

Study Abroad

Ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a significant part of the Syracuse experience. With more than 100 top-ranked programs in 60 countries, nearly half of all students go abroad during their four years. In addition to studying at Maxwell’s Washington, D.C. headquarters at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, citizenship and civic engagement students have studied abroad in Strasbourg, France and Santiago, Chile, as well as a number of cities in Central Europe.

Life After Syracuse University

As a graduate of the citizenship and civic engagement program you can pursue careers such as:

  • Public policy analyst
  • Community engagement professional
  • Non-profit organization manager
  • Public interest advocate
  • Urban and regional planner

Or pursue graduate level education in the areas of public affairs, public administration, or any of the social sciences.