The Labor Studies major provides students with the opportunity to develop the critical skills necessary to analyze employment and workplace issues, with a special focus on the needs and interest of workers and their unions. An interdepartmental program, the labor studies major examines the social, political and economic dimensions of these issues in the context of a broad liberal arts education. For labor studies, the issues to be considered are not only processes in the workplace, but outcomes; not only peace and harmony, but justice and power. Students completing the program may receive a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Candidates for the bachelor’s degree must complete 120 credits of coursework, including 32 credits of course work toward the labor studies major, and the university general education and group requirements. Twenty credit hours are required core courses in labor studies, political science, psychology and history. Students also compete 12 credits of related coursework selected in consultation with the program adviser.
Depending on their age 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.
Transfer of Credit
In most cases credit earned at a community college and other colleges and universities are transferable to the labor studies degree program. This includes labor studies courses offered by area community colleges.