The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help
    Syracuse University
  Feb 25, 2018
2016-2017 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs

Image of David VanSlyke

David VanSlyke, Dean
200 Eggers Hall

About the School

David VanSlyke, Dean
200 Eggers Hall

The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs was established in 1924 to develop public sector leaders who have strong social science backgrounds and the practical skills required to lead large public organizations. Today the School is the home to six social science academic disciplines, three interdisciplinary undergraeduate programs, an interdisciplinary doctoral program in social sciences, and two graduate professional degree programs that train public leaders for careers here and abroad.

With its 157 faculty members, 95 staff, 750 graduate students and 1,800 undergraduate majors, Maxwell members produce a significant amount of new knowledge and educate a large number of students to pursue careers in the public and private sectors, as well as careers as researchers and scholars.

For its efforts, 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 thinkers and analysts.

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

Executive Education

Through its executive education program, Maxwell offers several executive degrees, certificates of advanced study, and training programs for students from a number of countries who may study here for a few weeks or up to a year. Maxwell hosts Humphrey Fellows from a large number of countries; and Civic Education Leadership Fellows, and Edward R. Murrow Fellows from the Middle East.

Study Abroad

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 several overseas centers.

Undergraduate Majors

Maxwell is home to the social sciences. Its faculty members teach lower-division survey courses in each of the social science disciplines, offer interdisciplinary courses in social sciences, and provide an array of majors and minors in social science areas. Undergraduate degrees are offered in anthropology, 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 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.