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.*
- LABOR 210 – Labor and Working Class History±
- ECON 101 – Introduction to Microeconomics OR ECON 102 – Introduction to Macroeconomics#
- One of the following research methods courses:
- A capstone course for labor studies, which may be one of the following:
- LABOR 340 – Placement in Workers’ Organizations
- LABOR 490 – Strategic Analysis for Workers’ Organizations
- Independent Study in Labor Studies (with prior approval by the director of labor studies)
- A capstone course from another program (with prior approval by the director of labor studies)
Other labor studies courses that would count toward the major are:
- LABOR 230 – Labor, Politics, and Policy
- LABOR 220 – Bargaining Strategies
- LABOR 315 – Labor, Community, and Social Justice Organizing
- LABOR 325 – Workers’ Rights and Human Rights
- LABOR 330 – Diversity Among Labor: Race, Class, Gender and Work
- LABOR 335 – Workers of the World Unite
Courses from related fields that would count toward the major are:
- ANTH 359 – Economies and Cultures in Comparative Perspective
- AFRSTY 350L – Race, Class, and Gender: Issues in Diversity
- AMST 360 – Work, Society, and Culture in Modern America
- AMST 405 – The Immigrant Experience
- AMST 440 – U.S. in Global Context
- ECON 339 – Political Economy of International Migration
- ECON 390 – Labor Market Economics
- ECON 391 – Unions and Collective Bargaining
- ECON 394 – Sex Segregated Labor Markets
- ENGL 373 – Working-Class Literature
- POLISCI 320 – Women, Politics, and Policy
- POLISCI 322 – Politics of Poverty and U.S. Social Welfare Policy
- POLISCI 335 – Law and Public Policy
- WGS 355L – Women, Development, and Globalization
- WGS 360 – Gender, Culture, and Power
- WGS 394 – Women in U.S. Social Movements
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.)