Department: Labor Studies

The major in labor studies provides students with a curriculum that focuses on the world of work. The purpose of the program is to give students a rigorous framework for analysis of the labor force, workers’ organizational affiliations, and the dynamics of labor-management relations. Drawing on the various social science disciplines, the labor studies major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of labor and related subjects.

 A degree in labor studies prepares students to pursue careers in labor relations, including labor organizing, working for not for profit organizations that advocate for, or promote the interests of workers, or worker-related policies; working for private industries, in human resources, compliance, or related positions; federal, state, and local government agencies that focus on labor regulations and related issues, or in the area of labor compliance. Finally, a labor studies major provides excellent preparation for law school or graduate study.