Dr. Junko Takeda, Interim Chair
210 Eggers Hall
Carol Faulkner, Shana Kushner Gadarian, Azra Hromadžić, Mary E. Lovely, Amy Lutz, Anne Mosher, Gretchen Purser, Amy Schmidt, Junko Takeda, Peter J. Wilcoxen
The Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement (CCE) is a double-major undergraduate B.A. program of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the College of Arts and Sciences. It offers an individualized curriculum through which students explore and contribute to the public good in intellectual and practical ways.
Class-year cohorts are limited to 30 students with CCE course sections ranging from nine to 17 students. Students apply directly to CCE during senior year of high school or, for students already at SU, before the end of their sophomore year. Admitted students pair CCE with a “concurrent major” of their choice to explore its connections to citizenship and civic engagement.
Eight required courses (24 credit hours) introduce CCE majors to important interdisciplinary concerns in the Maxwell School (including the topics of deliberative citizenship; community engagement; social movements; institutional and civic leadership; data-driven research; policy analysis; conflict and crisis management; public administration; and nonprofit management). By offering these courses each semester, CCE affords students the flexibility to participate in SU Abroad and/or the Maxwell in Washington semester.
An additional 9 hours of CCE elective connective coursework provide further background and skills necessary to complete the required senior capstone project, the CCE Action Plan (done individually or in small groups). For the Action Plan, the student designs and implements, as much as possible, a concrete strategy for addressing a societal problem. This community-based intervention builds on earlier course requirements, including rigorous independent research conducted about the societal problem during the student’s junior year. The Action Plan also requires the student to promote change by engaging nonprofit, government, and business organizations in Central New York or elsewhere. Through this experience, the student demonstrates community-based research and civic engagement proficiency and will be prepared to pursue many post-graduation options: a career in a nonprofit organization or public sector agency or business, graduate school training in fields that stress community-based research and action, and life as an engaged citizen who stays involved in their community after SU.
This major may be combined with any other undergraduate major with approval by the program director.
Students dually enrolled in Newhouse* and Arts and Sciences|Maxwell will complete a minimum of 122 credits, with at least 90 credits in Arts and Sciences|Maxwell coursework and an Arts and Sciences|Maxwell major.
*Students dually enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences|Maxwell as first year students must complete the Liberal Arts Core. Students who transfer to the dual program after their first year as singly enrolled students in the Newhouse School will satisfy general requirements for the dual degree program by completing the Newhouse Core Requirements.