Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights

Eleanor Townsley, Nexus director

Andrew Reiter, track chair

217G Dwight Hall

Overview and Contact Information

The goal of the Nexus in Law, Public Policy, and Human Rights is to provide students 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. This Nexus provides students with both an academic and experiential lens. Students will choose courses from several departments including politics, economics, history, and sociology in order to examine how both law and public policies are imbedded in much larger social, historical, and economic realities.

See Also


This area of study is administered by the following Nexus track chair:

Elif Babül, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Requirements for the Nexus

A minimum of 18 credits:

Three courses above the 100 level chosen from the list of courses approved for this Nexus12
One approved 300-level course from the list of courses approved for this Nexus4
Completion of the UAF application stages 1 and 2 1
A substantive internship
COLL-211Reflecting Back: Connecting Internship and Research to Your Liberal Arts Education2
A presentation at LEAP Symposium
Total Credits18

Additional Specifications

  • Students electing this track are also strongly encouraged to take a course in statistics and/or quantitative analysis, such as ECON-220, PSYCH-201, SOCI-225, or STAT-140
  • The sequence of a Nexus is part of what makes it unique. UAF application stages 1 and 2 must be completed before the internship or research project. 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.

Africana Studies
AFCNA-208Introduction to Twentieth-Century Critical Race Theory4
AFCNA-341EMTopics in Africana Studies: 'The Age of Emancipation'4
ANTHR-216HRSpecial Topics in Anthropology: 'Anthropology and Human Rights: Between Devil's Advocate and Rights Advocacy'4
ANTHR-245Global Health and Humanitarianism4
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 Social Thought
CST-249BEBuddhist Ethics4
ECON-213Economic Development: A Survey4
ECON-220Introduction to Econometrics4
ECON-310Seminar in Public Economics4
ECON-345Corporate Governance4
HIST-301EMColloquium: 'The Age of Emancipation'4
PHIL-225Symbolic Logic4
POLIT-235Constitutional Law: The Federal System4
POLIT-236Civil Liberties4
POLIT-247International Law and Organization4
POLIT-327Transitional Justice4
POLIT-343Law and Religion4
POLIT-353The Politics of Work4
POLIT-366International Migration4
POLIT-367Decision Making4
POLIT-384Ending War and Securing the Peace: Conflict Mediation and Resolution in the 21st Century4
POLIT-385International Security4
RELIG-267Buddhist Ethics4
Russian & Eurasian Studies
RES-242Oil and Water Don't Mix: Geopolitics, Energy, and the Environment4
SOCI-225Social Science Research and Data Analysis4
SOCI-234Social Problems4
SOCI-350Sociology of Punishment4