Law, Government, and Public Policy

Prepare for law school or for graduate study in public administration or public policy; learn to analyze and influence public policy; gain skills and knowledge needed to work in the public sector or for advocacy organizations.

Our classes and programs provide an introduction to legal issues in a variety of areas from Indian law to public law, while many programs explore the public policy implications of challenging issues such as climate change or immigration. Thanks to our location in the state capital many students arrange internships with state or local government agencies or apply for positions with the legislative internship program organized by the state legislature. These programs will help you gain the critical thinking, analysis and teamwork skills needed to be successful in law school, graduate school or when preparing for employment in the public sector.

Faculty Associated With This Field
Title Expertise
Ackley, Kristina Native American studies
Bridges, George
Buxbaum, Stephen political economy, community development and planning
Levenda, Anthony
Rognas, Liza American history, information resources and library science
Smith, Tyrus environmental studies, public policy
Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
About the Law and the Politics of Criminal Justice: Why Progressive Reforms Fail
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
American Indian Treaties: Historical and Contemporary Analysis
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Borders, Walls and Refugees in the Age of Climate Change
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Climate Policy and Action: Internship
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Science and Policy Basics
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
History of Federal Indian Law and Policy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Political Economy of Fascist Politics: Consequences and Resistance
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
16
Prior Learning from Experience Document Writing
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4, 6, 8
Rooted: Food Players, Policy, and Power
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
4
Selected Programs 2023-24
Title Class Standing Credits
Climate Policy and Action: Internship
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Policy Analysis and Advocacy
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8
Climate Policy and Action: Science and Policy Basics
  • Freshman
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
8