Law, Public Policy and Human Rights


This Nexus provides both an academic and experiential lens. You will choose courses from several departments including politics, economics, history, and sociology in order to examine how both law and public policies are embedded in much larger social, historical, and economic realities.

Program Overview

The goal of the Nexus in Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights is to provide you with the tools necessary to form a deep understanding of how complex relationships between local and national political processes both create public policies and shape legislation and its interpretation.

Community Voices

Spotlight on Law, Public Policy and Human Rights Nexus students and alums

Courses and Requirements

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus or selected with approval of the track chair12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus or selected with approval of the track chair4
A substantive internship 1
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

At least 200 work hours and responsibilities that exercise ability to think analytically and creatively, and contribute meaningfully to the organization鈥檚 stated mission and complements the student's area of focus

Additional Specifications

  • Nexus students will develop a brief proposal outlining their specific area of focus including a course outline. Students will schedule an advising meeting with a track chair to get approval and complete a  to be returned to the Nexus Program office.

  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique:
    • In preparation for the summer internship or research, students complete courses chosen in consultation with the track chair. If seeking funding through LYNK UAF, students will additionally complete orientation and advising, and online training.

    • COLL-211 is taken after the internship or research project and culminates in a presentation at LEAP Symposium.

Courses Counting toward the Nexus

Courses other than those listed below may count toward the Nexus. Students should consult the Nexus track chair for consideration of courses not on the list.

ANTHR-216HRSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Anthropology and Human Rights'4
ANTHR-316LWSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Ethnographies of Law'4
College(Interdeptmnt) Courses
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
Critical Race & Political Econ
CRPE-208Introduction to Twentieth-Century Critical Race Theory4
CRPE-244The Historical-Grammar of Black Feminist Thought Across the Caribbean and the Americas4
CRPE-356Latinas/os/x and Housing: Mi Casa Is Not Su Casa4
ECON-213Economic Development4
ECON-220Introduction to Econometrics4
ECON-310Seminar in Public Economics4
Entrepreneurship, Orgs & Soc
EOS-299NDTopic: 'Individuals and Organizations'4
Gender Studies
GNDST-333MCAdvanced Seminar: 'Latinas/os/x and Housing: Mi Casa Is Not Su Casa'4
GNDST-333PGAdvanced Seminar: 'Who's Involved?: Participatory Governance, Emerging Technologies and Feminism'4
HIST-230History and Law4
PHIL-225Symbolic Logic4
POLIT-235Constitutional Law: The Federal System4
POLIT-236Civil Liberties4
POLIT-247International Law and Organization4
POLIT-273Public Policy4
POLIT-314Political Violence: Causes and Solutions4
POLIT-327Transitional Justice4
POLIT-343Law and Religion4
POLIT-366Global Migration4
POLIT-384Ending War and Securing the Peace: Conflict Mediation and Resolution in the 21st Century4
POLIT-385International Security4
RELIG-209Disability and Religion4
RELIG-267Buddhist Ethics4
SOCI-216WKSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Sociology of Social Work'4
SOCI-225Social Science Research and Data Analysis4
SOCI-234Social Problems4
SOCI-316VNSpecial Topics in Sociology: 'Violence and Intimacy'4
SPAN-350MGAdvanced Studies in Concepts and Practices of Power: 'Spanish Migrations'4

Contact us

The Nexus Program allows students to create an individual program of study combined with an internship experience in one of nine pre-professional tracks. College 211 and the annual LEAP symposium are components of the Nexus program.

Katie Walker
  • Coordinator, Nexus Program

Next Steps

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