Labor Studies, BA

Get a description of the Labor Studies Program, its content, and the options in the program, here. The requirements for the major are provided below.

Requirements for the Major in Labor Studies

To major in labor studies a student is required to complete eleven (11) courses, at least six (6) of which must be labor studies courses. The remaining five (5) may be labor studies courses or courses from the list of courses in related fields.*

Majors must take:

Other labor studies courses that would count toward the major are:

  1. LABOR 230 – Labor, Politics, and Policy
  2. LABOR 220 – Bargaining Strategies
  3. LABOR 315 – Labor, Community, and Social Justice Organizing
  4. LABOR 325 – Workers’ Rights and Human Rights
  5. LABOR 330 – Diversity Among Labor: Race, Class, Gender and Work
  6. LABOR 335 – Workers of the World Unite

Courses from related fields that would count toward the major are:

Other courses from related programs might be appropriate for labor studies majors to count toward their requirements for fulfilling the major. With the approval of the director of labor studies, such courses could be counted.

Additional Requirements for the Major

To complete the major in labor studies, a student must have at least a 2.0 GPA in all courses that are counted toward the major (i.e., both labor studies courses and courses in related fields that are counted toward the major.)

In each course that counts toward the major in labor studies (whether a labor studies course or a course in a related field), a student’s grade must be C- or higher.

No courses taken pass/fail can count toward fulfillment of the major requirements.

No more than six transfer courses can be counted toward the major, and no more than three transfer courses can be substitutes for the six labor studies courses that are required for the major.

No more than two courses can be double counted with another major.

No more than 9 credits of independent study and internships can be accepted toward the major. For independent study courses to count toward the major, prior approval by the director of labor studies is necessary.

* Some of the listed courses from other departments require pre-requisites. For several of these the pre-requisite is Sociology 101 or Economics 101 or 102 or both. In some other cases, 30 prior credits is a pre-requisite. Students should avail themselves of courses’ pre-requisites in planning their schedules. (In some cases, especially if the student has advanced standing, an instructor will be willing to waive the formal pre-requisite, but this is by no means automatic.)

± Students are encouraged to take LABOR 210: Labor and Working Class History, early in their programs, as this course serves as a good foundation for other courses in the program.

# While labor studies majors are required to take only one of these two basic economics courses, they are encouraged to take both—one fulfilling the requirement and the other as a free elective.