Build an understanding of working conditions with a degree in Labor Studies.

 

This program will provide you with a sound foundation in the law, history, culture, politics, institutions, and contemporary issues of American work life. You will gain a comprehensive introduction to the role and contributions of organized labor to American society, a thorough grounding in the rights of employees on the job, and specialized training in the skills necessary to be an effective leader in labor unions or in other contexts for labor-management relations.

 

Anyone going into business can benefit from understanding labor relations. Labor Studies looks at labor law as an interdisciplinary program delving into political science, psychology, sociology, conflict resolution, history and touching upon many other subjects to think strategically about how to create equity in the workforce. You'll develop vital reading, writing, research and critical-thinking skills to effectively maneuver within the realm of labor and industry relations.

 

There are many careers available, such as labor relations specialist, shop steward, union representative, labor negotiator, labor lawyer, policy creator, and educator. You can also obtain a position in private businesses and public organizations as a human resources specialist.

 

Gainful Employment links: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/labor-relations-specialists.htm, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/human-resources-specialists.htm, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/legal/arbitrators-mediators-and-conciliators.htm,

 

AWARD TYPE UNITS
Certificate of Performance:  
History and Politics of American Labor 6
Labor Law 5
Shop Steward Specialist 8
Certificate of Achievement:  
Labor Studies 18
Associate in Science Degree:  
Labor Studies 24*

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

DESCRIPTION

The Labor Studies program provides students a sound foundation in the law, history, culture, politics, institutions, and contemporary issues of American work life. Students will gain a comprehensive introduction to the role and contributions of organized labor to American society, a thorough grounding in the rights of employees on the job, and specialized training in the skills necessary to be an effective leader in labor unions or in other contexts for labor-management relations.

PROGRAM EMPHASIS

The Labor Studies program offers a Certificate of Achievement in Labor Studies which provides shop stewards as well as union organizers and officers the skills needed to qualify for and to be effective in their positions. Students can also pursue the Associate of Science degree in Labor Studies.

CAREER OPTIONS

The program is designed to train union representatives, members of unions, labor leaders, industry coordinators and others interested in pursuing a career in labor relations.