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:
2) Elective courses - Semester Hours: 15
Total of 15 semester hours, with one chosen from each of the following categories
b) Unions, Management, and Dispute Resolution
d) Psychological, Sociological and Health Issues
e) The Global Labor Force
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
* 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, Associate Professor
- Cheryl Lehman, Professor
- Martha Weisel, Assistant Professor
- Sharryn Kasmir, Associate Professor
- Gregory DeFreitas, Professor
- Massoud Fazeli, Adjunct Assistant Professor
- Robert Guttmann, Professor
- Conrad Herold, Associate Professor
- Martin Melkonian, Adjunct Associate Professor
- Johan Ahr, Assistant Professor
- Sally Charnow, Assistant Professor
- Brenda Elsey, Assistant Professor
- Management, Entrepreneurship and General Business
- Debra Comer, Professor
- Janet Lenaghan, Associate Professor
- Maura Mills, Assistant Professor
- Comilla Shahani-Denning, Associate Professor
- Terri Shapiro, Assistant Professor
- Cynthia Bogard, Associate Professor
- Gregory Maney, Assistant Professor
- Chris Niedt, Assistant Professor
- Marc Silver, Professor