Learning objectives

BAELR Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate program overview

The Employment and Labor Relations major provides students with the opportunity to develop the critical skills necessary to analyze employment and workplace issues. An interdepartmental program, employment and labor relations examines the social, political and economic dimensions of these issues in the context of a broad liberal arts education. Students become familiar with employment and labor law, human resource management, compensation and benefits, and techniques associated with the resolution of conflict in the workplace.

Degree requirements

Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete 120 credits of coursework, including 32 credits of course work toward the employment and labor relations major, and the university general education and group requirements. 20 credit-hours are required core courses in employment and labor relations, political science, psychology and history. Students also complete 12 credits of related coursework selected in consultation with the program advisor.

Transfer of credit

In most cases credit earned at a community college and other colleges and universities are transferable to the employment and labor relations degree program. This includes related courses offered by area community colleges.

Core courses

  • LBS 2500: Introduction to Labor Studies (4 credits)
    Introduction to labor and employment relations: the essential nature, evolution and purpose of the twenty-first century workplace.
  • LBS 4700: Senior Seminar (3 credits)
    Research, reflection, discussion and analysis of labor relations practice. Prereq: consent of instructor.
  • PS 6070: Labor and American Politics (3 credits)
    Role of organized labor in American politics. Historical background, including rise of the UAW and its role in Detroit and Michigan politics. Recent declines; future of organized labor as a force in American pol­itics.
  • HIS 5290: American Labor History (4 credits)
    Analysis of American workers and unions in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
  • PSY 2100:  Industrial-Organizational Psychology (3 credits)
    Psychology as applied to business and industry. Major areas of industrial psychology: selection, place­ment, and training procedures; human factors research. Industrial social psychology: motivational and organizational research and the­ory. Prereq: PSY 1010 or PSY 1020.
  • ECO 5480: Economics of Work (3 credits)
    Theoretical and empirical treatment of: labor market characteristics; labor demand and supply; issues of race, gender, and age; compensation and pay; issues of health and pro­ductivity; bargaining processes and the effects of unions; unemploy­ment and job search; globalization. Prereq: ECO 2010 with minimum grade of C.


Depending on experience and academic preparation, students can be admitted with a high school diploma, a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) or by transferring from a community college or university.

To schedule an appointment or speak with an advisor, please contact Linda Johnson, at 313-577-0175 or linda.johnson@wayne.edu.

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