Bachelor of Arts in Law and Policy

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The Law and Policy major develops students’ theoretical reasoning and analytical skills as applied to critical assessments of current topics in law and policy. This major provides a solid liberal arts foundation for thinking analytically about the public action component of current legal and policy concerns associated with health care, social policy, and international development. The Law and Policy major also links curricular content with opportunities and challenges facing Tacoma, South Puget Sound and Washington State.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to pursue a wide range of careers, such as those directly or indirectly related to government and politics; public policy analysis and management; nongovernmental organizations; policy analysis think tanks; local, state and federal government; the law and legal administration (e.g., probation and parole); law enforcement (FBI, police); rights advocacy; and teaching. In addition, graduates will be prepared to begin graduate programs in law, policy studies, public policy, politics, public administration, management, education, and community advocacy.

Student Learning Objectives

The specific student learning objectives of this major are:

  • 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.

See the SIAS website for the most recent course lists for the Law and Policy degree.