Academics

Labor Leadership (Certificate)

The Professional Certificate in Labor Leadership is a valuable credential for emerging leaders in the labor movement. The certificate program fosters group learning across different unions, communities, and economic sectors. Students may enroll in the certificate program as either a pre-baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate option.

To complete the certificate in labor studies, students must take six labor studies courses. Courses are regularly offered in the early evening, which allows people with full-time employment to engage in the program.

As with the BA and minor in labor studies, the certificate program equips graduates for work in unions, labor organizations, community-based organizations, and government and public service. The certificate program also prepares students for further education in these fields; in particular, many certificate students who have not already obtained a BA, go on to do so.

Especially important to many participants, the certificate provides excellent career advancement opportunities for rank-and-file union members who aspire to leadership positions, for current union staff seeking greater skills and credentials for career advancement, and for younger workers and activists seeking to become more engaged in organized labor.

Labor Leadership Certificate Learning Goals

Students who have completed the certificate program should have developed a broad set of competencies. They should, for example, be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of work and the labor movement, and draw from that history in analyzing contemporary opportunities and challenges facing working people and the labor movement
  • Explain the role of labor and workers’ organizations in different nations, as well as the relative pros and cons of different organizational structures
  • Understand different models of organizing and collective bargaining, and explain their strengths and weaknesses
  • Explain the changing nature of work in the global economy and describe the emerging responses from organized labor internationally
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize research and technological tools to analyze and participate in the contemporary labor movement