Bachelor of Arts

Law, Economics & Public Policy (LEPP)

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The Law, Economics & Public Policy Major

The Law, Economics & Public Policy (LEPP) major is designed for students who want to explore how legal institutions shape policy decisions and the political and economic contexts that influence the creation of the law. The degree provides a grounding in economics and political science as students learn to analyze legal and policy problems, alternatives, and consequences.

The LEPP curriculum combines theoretical analysis and practical experience through applied coursework and undergraduate research, community-based learning and academic internship opportunities, and the possibility of contributing to and working on the UW Bothell Policy Journal. Like all IAS degrees, LEPP emphasizes core capacities in critical and creative thinking, interdisciplinary research, collaboration and shared leadership, and writing and communication.

Career Focus

Students in LEPP build a powerful foundation for careers with non-governmental organizations, policy analysis think-tanks, and local, state, and federal government. LEPP graduates are prepared to undertake graduate study in law, policy studies, public policy, and management, among other fields. Here is more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school.

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LEPP Major Requirements


In addition to the general admission requirements, students must have completed the following prerequisites to be considered for admission to Law, Economics and Public Policy:

  • Microeconomics (BIS 200 (Formerly BCUSP 200), BBUS 220, B CUSP 200, ECON 200 or equivalent)
  • Introduction to American Government or American Politics (BIS 175 (formerly B CUSP 175), BIS 280, POL S 202 or equivalent)

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry* - min. 2.0 grade (5 credits)
  • BISLEP 301 Law, Economics & Public Policy (5 credits)
  • BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis (5 credits)
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics (5 credits)
  • Additional Skills & Methods coursework (5 credits)
  • Policy Foundation courses (10 credits)
  • Policy Foundation or Policy Problem courses (10 credits)
  • Additional IAS Coursework (20 credits)
  • BIS 499 Portfolio Capstone - min. 2.5 grade (5 credits)

TOTAL = 70 Credits

*Should be taken in the first quarter of IAS enrollment.

Note: Classes in this major are offered primarily during day-time hours.

School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (IAS) Requirements & Policies

Interdisciplinary Practice & Reflection (IPR)

The IPR requirement can be completed through elective credits or it can overlap with major coursework.

Areas of Inquiry

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. The Areas of Knowledge are: Arts and Humanities (A&H), Social Sciences (SSc), and Natural Sciences (NSc).

Multiply-designated courses may not be double-counted as fulfilling two Areas of Knowledge. Courses may apply to both an Area of Knowledge requirement and an LEPP major requirement.

Upper Division Credit Policy

Of the credits applying to LEPP major requirements, a minimum of 48 must be completed at the Upper Division (300-400) level.

Matriculated status

Courses taken to satisfy LEPP major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2016?

Students admitted to the LEPP major prior to Autumn 2016 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. For more information, please check Requirement Changes Autumn 2016 page.

Note: Students pursuing Law, Economics & Public Policy are not eligible to complete the minor in Policy Studies.

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Law, Economics & Public Policy Learning Objectives

The Law, Economics & Public Policy curriculum advances the five core IAS learning objectives. Students taking courses and/or majoring in Law, Economics & Public Policy:

  1. Understand, critically examine, and apply theories and models of economic, political, social, and legal decision-making and policy-making.
  2. Acquire appropriate skill sets for analyzing, displaying and employing data (qualitative and quantitative) as evidence for understanding social, legal and political concerns.
  3. Become an effective and persuasive speaker, writer and presenter.
  4. Recognize and understand the role of ethical dimensions inherent in policy-making.
  5. Are able to apply the above skills to address complex social and policy problems in practice in order to foster greater equity and ethically negotiate intersectional spaces where diverse interests are represented.

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