Jul 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Labor Studies, BA Major in

The world of work has, throughout history, been as controversial as it is crucially important in most people’s lives. Labor Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to offer students a broad background in the multiple perspectives on and different analytical approaches to labor issues in an international context. The program coordinates courses from departments throughout the University, and includes opportunities for independent course work and internships with business firms, nonprofit agencies, and labor unions. It prepares students for graduate programs in labor and industrial relations and in related areas of business, education, law, public administration, and the social sciences, as well as for a wide range of careers in business, government, law, teaching, and labor unions.

Program Requirements - Total Semester Hours: 33

33 semester hours, with no more than 15 semester hours from a single major academic area, distributed as follows:

1) Required Courses

2) Elective courses - Semester Hours: 15

Total of 15 semester hours, with one chosen from each of the following categories (a-e):

e) The Global Labor Force


  1. Since all courses are not offered every semester, consult the Class Schedule and an adviser from the Labor Studies Advisory Committee before registering for your program. Some required and elective courses have prerequisites,described in this Bulletin. Students should make themselves aware of any prerequisites in their advance planning for completion of the major or minor. Students should also be aware that prerequisites for many courses may be waived by the course instructor on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Relevant special topics and independent studies courses given in any department may also be acceptable for the major and the minor, with the approval of the Labor Studies Director.
  3. It is recommended (but not required) that students majoring in Labor Studies combine the major with a major or minor in a regular, non-interdisciplinary department. This ensures the recognition of a traditional discipline by graduate schools and prospective employers, as well as providing students with additional background in a related field.

* Footnote

* With approval of the Labor Studies Director, based on appropriate course content.

Labor Studies Advisory Committee:

  • Accounting, Taxation and Legal Studies in Business
    • Stuart Bass, Professor
    • Cheryl Lehman, Professor Emerita
    • Martha Weisel, Associate Professor
  • Anthropology
    • Sharryn Kasmir, Associate Professor
  • Economics
    • Gregory DeFreitas, Professor
    • Massoud Fazeli, Adjunct Assistant Professor
    • Robert Guttmann, Professor
    • Conrad Herold, Associate Professor
    • Martin Melkonian, Adjunct Associate Professor
  • History
    • Johan Ahr, Associate Professor
    • Sally Charnow, Professor
    • Brenda Elsey, Professor
  • Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business
    • Debra Comer, Professor
    • Janet Lenaghan, Associate Professor
  • Psychology
    • Maura Mills, Assistant Professor
    • Comila Shahani-Denning, Associate Professor
    • Terri Shapiro, Associate Professor
  • Sociology
    • Chris Niedt, Associate Professor
    • Marc Silver, Professor
  • Writing Studies and Rhetoric
    • Philip Dalton, Associate Professor
  • Law
    • Karen Fernbach, Visiting Assistant Professor

Complete BA Requirements

BA Requirements  in HCLAS.

Recommended Program Sequence - Total Hours: 124