2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Apr 23, 2024  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

David Van Slyke, Dean
200 Eggers Hall

About the School

David Van Slyke, Dean
200 Eggers Hall

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs was established in 1924 to teach citizenship and develop leaders with both strong social science backgrounds and the practical skills required for public service. Today the School is the home to six social science disciplines, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs and graduate professional programs that educate students for diverse careers here and abroad.

With its 160 faculty members, 95 staff, 750 graduate students and 2,000 undergraduate majors, Maxwell is dedicated to disciplinary and multidisciplinary research and teaching excellence in the social sciences, public administration, and international affairs, educating students to pursue careers in the private and public sectors, including higher education.

Maxwell programs rank highly among their peers because the School attracts talented faculty and students, produces high quality scholarship, and develops already able students into eminent leaders, analysts, policymakers, and engaged citizens.

For a complete listing of faculty associated with the Maxwell School, see the Faculty  section of this catalog.

Study Abroad

Half of all Maxwell students and most students pursuing the International Relations, BA  degree take advantage of the Global Program offerings. Many students choose to find internships abroad and may choose to study at one of Syracuse University’s seven overseas centers.

Undergraduate Majors

Maxwell is home to the social sciences. Its faculty members teach courses in each of the disciplines, offer interdisciplinary courses, such as the foundational MAX Courses (MAX 123  Issues for the United States and MAX 132  Global Community), and provide an array of majors and minors. Undergraduate degrees are offered in anthropology, citizenship and civic engagement, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, policy studies, and sociology.

Students may take multiple majors within the social sciences or pursue additional majors in areas outside of the Maxwell School. Many of our undergraduate programs offer opportunities for internships and applied research. They also offer the opportunity to earn distinction in their majors. Students who graduate with distinction typically are selected for the distinction, conduct research with one or more faculty members, and write a scholarly paper based on their research.