Law and Policy

Note: Law and Policy major students cannot minor in Law and Policy or Politics.

Law and Policy students learn to think analytically about the law and social policy, both in the United States and around the world. Our coursework links with the challenges facing policy makers and social activists in Tacoma, Washington state, the U.S. and the world. All Law and Policy major students are required to take a capstone course.  An internship may be used to meet this requirement.

Toward the end of their studies, all Law and Policy students engage in a capstone class. Some students take a seminar class, while others choose to do an internship. Students majoring in Law and Policy also have the option of graduating with honors. This route is especially recommended for students expecting to enter graduate school. For more information, speak with your advisor or view the application.

Career options

Law and Policy majors often pursue careers directly or indirectly related to government and politics, in areas such as:

  • Public policy analysis and management
  • Nongovernmental organizations
  • Policy analysis thinktanks
  • Local, state and federal government
  • Law and legal administration (e.g., probation and parole)
  • Law enforcement (FBI, police)
  • Rights advocacy
  • Teaching

Many Law and Policy majors continue on into graduate programs in law, policy studies, public policy, politics, public administration, management, education and community advocacy.

Law and Policy student learning outcomes

As a graduate in this major, you will be expected to meet these specific student learning objectives:

  • Develop effective and persuasive analytical, writing and communication skills, and apply these skills to complex contemporary social and legal problems;
  • Acquire substantive knowledge and understanding about the institutions and beliefs embedded in legal practices and specific public policies;
  • Critically examine legal, political and economic institutions as they relate to social and policy choices;
  • Critically evaluate theories and methods used to examine tradeoffs in policy and legal decisions;
  • Analyze, display and interpret data to explain social and policy issues;
  • Understand the role of ethics and the ethical dimension of laws and policy making.

 Law and Policy degree requirements

For questions about the Law and Policy major, contact advisors Heather Hucks or Suzanne McCusker, or the Law and Policy major coordinator, Associate Professor Katie Baird.

Law and Policy transfer student information

You might be able to fulfill some of the Law and Policy major requirements with coursework taken elsewhere.

All colleges offer a number of courses that can be used to earn credits toward your TLAWPL degree. This means that you can arrive at UW Tacoma well on your way to majoring in TLAWPL. Please see an advisor at your community college to find out more about the articulation agreement and requirements or contact UW Tacoma's TLAWPL advisors Heather Hucks or Suzanne McCusker.

Courses that will fulfill specific requirements in the Law & Policy major  
GREEN RIVER COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
   
HIGHLINE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 180 or 190 Critical Issues TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
in World Politics  
   
OLYMPIC COLLEGE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
   
PIERCE COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 150 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 115 Critical Thinking Practical Reasoning requirement - either TPHIL 250 or TPHIL 251
   
SEATTLE CENTRAL COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 240 Liberation Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics
   
SOUTH PUGET SOUND COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
   
TACOMA COURSES WITHIN THE AA UW TACOMA EQUIVALENT COURSES WITHIN TLAWPL
POLS 202 American Government TPOLS 202 Introduction to American Politics
POLS 203 International Relations TPOLS 203 Introduction to International Relations
PHIL 215 Introduction to Ethics TPHIL 240 Introduction to Ethics

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Law and Policy Courses for students who declare their major starting autumn 2016

Law and Policy Core Courses

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Electives (minimum 25 credits)

Each of the courses selected from the lists below must be in addition to those chosen to fulfill core requirements.

Law and Legal Systems in Policy Making (15 credits)

Theory and Practice in Law and Policy (10 credits)

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Capstone or Internship

You must select one of the options below for your final five (5) credits in this major. This course will be your culminating work for your major and illustrate that you have meet the student learning objectives as found in our Course Catalog. While the Law and Policy capstone and internship courses are being developed, you may substitute the course options with the PP&E capstone or internship courses as listed below. This option should be confirmed with your advisor prior to registering for the course, so it can be applied correctly in DARS.

One of the following:

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Law and Policy Courses for students who declared their major prior to Autumn 2016

Law and Policy Core Courses

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Areas of specialization (25 credits)

You may choose from one of four areas of specialization and complete at least 15 credits from that area. In addition, you must complete 10 credits from any of the area lists to provide breadth to your coursework.

Area of specialization: Health Policy

Area of specialization: Social Policy

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Area of specialization: International Development

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Area of specialization: Legal Studies

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Capstone or Internship

You must select one of the options below for your final five (5) credits in this major. This course will be your culminating work for your major and illustrate that you have meet the student learning objectives as found in our Course Catalog. While the Law and Policy capstone and internship courses are being developed, you may substitute the course options with the TPPE capstone or internship courses as listed below. This option should be confirmed with your advisor prior to registering for the course, so it can be applied correctly in DARS.

One of the following:

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 Additional courses may be approved and added to courses lists to provide students more flexibility and options.
Please refer to this page often for the most up-to-date information.

To request changes to this page, please contact Kelly Kledzik at kellyk6@uw.edu.