Bachelor of Arts

Law, Economics & Public Policy (LEPP)

  1. Law, Economics & Public Policy
  2. Requirements
  3. Learning Objectives

What is Law, Economics & Public Policy?

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.

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. For more information about career possibilities or pursuing graduate school please click here.

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 (B CUSP 200, ECON 200 or equivalent)
  • Introduction to American Government or American Politics (B CUSP 175, BIS 280, POL S 202 or equivalent)

Degree Requirements

  • BIS 300 Interdisciplinary Inquiry* (5 credits)
  • BISLEP 301 Law, Economics & Public Policy (5 credits)
  • BISLEP 302 Policy Analysis (5 credits)
  • BIS 315 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 (3 credits)
  • General Electives (22 credits)

TOTAL = 90 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)

Within the above-listed 90 credits, students must complete the IPR requirement.

Areas of Knowledge

25 credits must be completed in each Area of Knowledge. At least 10 credits in each Area must be completed in courses offered by UW Bothell. The Areas of Knowledge are: Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA), Individuals and Societies (I&S), and Natural World (NW).

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.

Lower Division Credit Policy

Up to 35 credits of lower division (100-200 level) coursework taken at UW Bothell may be applied toward designated requirements within the 90 program credits. Please contact an IAS advisor for details.

Matriculated status

With the exception of the General Electives, courses taken to satisfy LEPP major requirements must be completed in matriculated status.

Admitted prior to Autumn Quarter, 2012?

Students admitted to the LEPP major prior to Autumn 2012 may be eligible to complete an older set of major requirements. Students with questions about their major requirements should contact an IAS advisor.

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

Law, Economics & Public Policy Learning Objectives

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

  1.  Understand, apply, and critically examine models related to economic, political, social, and legal factors impacting individuals’ decisions and policies intended to influence them.
  2. Foster the ability to use, construct, critique and apply models related to social and policy choices.
  3. Acquire knowledge of and ability to critically evaluate theories and methods used to examine tradeoffs inherent in policy and legal decisions.
  4. Acquire appropriate skill sets for analyzing, displaying and employing data (qualitative and quantitative) as evidence for understanding social and political concerns.
  5. Comprehend and evaluate conflicting evidence produced by different interests or disciplines.
  6. Become and effective and persuasive speaker, writer and presenter.
  7. Appreciate and understand the role of ethical dimensions inherent in policy making.
  8. Are able to apply the above skills to address complex social and policy problems in the real world.
































Please contact the LEPP Faculty Coordinator if you have any questions, concerns or ideas about the Law, Economics and Public Policy major. To declare the LEPP major, please contact the First Year and Premajor Program.

LEPP Resources