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
Rognas, Liza American history, information resources and library science
Smith, Tyrus environmental studies, public policy

Choosing What to Take at Evergreen

You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.

Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.

If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).

If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.

Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.

Selected Programs 2022-23
Title Class Standing Credits
Borders, Walls and Refugees in the Age of Climate Change
  • Sophomore
  • Junior
  • Senior
Washington State Legislative Internships
  • Junior
  • Senior