2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course 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 to all Syracuse University undergraduates. In partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences , we offer an outstanding liberal arts education. The Maxwell School is home to six social science disciplines, interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs and graduate professional programs that educate students for diverse careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors here and abroad.

With its 180 faculty members, 110 staff, 500 graduate students and 2,000 undergraduate majors, the Maxwell School is dedicated to research and teaching excellence for engaged citizenship and public impact. 

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

The Maxwell School participates in students’ knowledge and skill development through the Shared Competencies, Syracuse University’s institutional learning goals that highlight the knowledge and skills students can expect to gain through their major courses, liberal arts requirements, and co-curricular activities.

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

Study Abroad and Away

Half of all Maxwell students and most students pursuing the International Relations, BA  and BS  degrees take advantage of the Syracuse Abroad programs. Study Abroad may take place at one of Syracuse University’s six overseas centers or with one of our world partners. Many students find internships abroad to help them develop their skills and launch their careers.

Students also have the option to spend a semester in Washington, DC, at the Maxwell-in-Washington program, located at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a top-ranked global think tank.

Undergraduate Majors and Minors

Maxwell is home to the social sciences, as well as to interdisciplinary policy and international relations programs. Its faculty members teach courses in each of the disciplines, offer interdisciplinary courses, such as the foundational MAX Courses (MAX 123  Critical 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; environment, sustainability, and policy; geography; history; international relations; law, society, and policy; 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. They can also minor in most programs. 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 recognition, conduct independent research with one or more faculty members, and write a scholarly paper based on their research.