Policy Studies students work through an intensive curriculum centered around public policy issues while  developing skills in report writing, problem-solving, information gathering, computer applications, quantitative analysis, and working in teams. The program is notable for its hands-on and interdisciplinary approach.

You’ll leave the University with advanced knowledge of public issues, and an impressive professional skill set that will serve you in any number of fields including business, healthcare, education, law, politics, and non-profit organizations.

Sample Courses

Core coursework encompasses economics, government, and quantitative methods. Sample courses include:

  • U.S. Crime & Society
  • Global Social Problems
  • Hazardous Geological Environments
  • The Judicial Process
  • Community Benchmarking
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • The Deviance Process

Practical Experience

With an especially hands-on curriculum, outside learning opportunities are highly beneficial to students enrolled in the program.

  • Work on real research and service projects as a member of PAF Consulting—an on-campus consulting company.
  • Enrich your academic experience as a Renée Crowne University Honors student.
  • Attend University lectures and network with resident and visiting experts.
  • Contribute to faculty research, benchmarking, and grant writing.

Study Abroad

Well-known among the top international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad is a storied part of the SU experience. With over 100 programs in 60 countries, almost half of all students go abroad during their time at Syracuse. Policy Studies majors have gone abroad in Florence, Hong Kong, and Santiago.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in Policy Studies you can pursue such careers as:

  • Community Organizer
  • Education Administrator
  • Government Executive
  • Government Lawyer
  • Public Interest Advocate
  • Public Interest Lawyer

Or, continue on to graduate level education in the areas of law, education, business, or sociology.

Learn more about Policy Studies.