The Citizenship and Civic Engagement major is designed for students who appreciate analysis, scholarship, and concepts and also wish to apply the analytical tools of the classroom to solving real-world social problems. Enrolled students major in both Citizenship and Civic Engagement as well as a policy-relevant field, usually in social sciences or public communications.

The unique program affords students the chance to work on major research projects connected to real-world issues.  Graduates leave with a more custom degree and well-prepared to apply their knowledge in the fields of anthropology, economics, history, geography, international relations, political science, public affairs, and sociology, among others.

Sample Courses

Core coursework encompasses economics, history and sociology. Sample courses include:

  • Ethics, Justice, and Citizenship
  • Critical Issues for the United States
  • Global Community
  • Action Plan Workshop
  • Political Analysis
  • Poverty, Policy, and Human Services

Practical Experience

Success in the Citizenship and Civic Engagement major relies on experiential learning opportunities.

  • Write a grant for a government or community agency
  • Outline policy change and propose it state legislators
  • Start or join a local or student-run nonprofit organization for a worthy cause
  • Enrich your learning and networking experiences in the Renée Crowne University Honors program

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. Citizenship and Civic Engagement students have gone abroad in a number of cities including London, Beijing, Florence, Santiago, and Madrid.

Life after Syracuse University

As a graduate of the Citizenship and Civic Engagement program you can pursue careers such as:

  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Economist
  • Legislator
  • Public Interest Advocate
  • Foreign Service Officer

Or, pursue graduate level education in the areas of public affairs, public administration, or economics.

Learn more about Citizenship and Civic Engagement.