Students examine the labor force, worker organizations, and labor-management relations. Specific areas of study include:
o The social organization of work, changes in technology, and their impact on the individual and society.
o The history of labor and industrial relations in the United States.
o Social, political, and legal frameworks which shape labor-management relations.
o The role and internal functioning of labor organizations.
o The changing economy, the decline of manufacturing, and the growth of the service economy.
o Theories of labor and labor organization.
o The role of unions in determining wages, employment levels, and working conditions.
o The role of unions in American politics.
o The relation of American labor institutions to the global economy and international labor organizations.
Non-majors may enroll
in Labor Studies courses to supplement their own fields of
concentration, e.g., economics, sociology, political
science, urban studies, history.
In addition to
courses in Labor Studies, the Labor Studies Program
offers students the opportunity to combine the study of
labor with study in other areas. Students who major in
Labor Studies may select minor in such areas as
economics, sociology, urban studies, political science
and government, or history. They may also take courses in
computer science, communications, language, psychology,
and the natural sciences to supplement their studies.