Labor Studies Major

Labor Studies is a program that focuses on the study of various aspects of work, labor organization and policy, and labor movements from the perspective of the social sciences and history.

Labor Studies majors and degree programs likely include instruction in labor history; political and ideological issues; worker movements and social organizations; civil rights; labor law and policy studies; labor economics; international and comparative labor studies; and applications to specific industries, groups, locations, and time periods.

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Search for colleges that offer a degree in Labor (use the College Search feature and enter " labor policy " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.

What can you do with a major/degree in Labor Studies?

If you have a career in this sector, you likely will be focusing on workers' and unions' rights. You will essentially function as a liaison between workers or unions and a company's management.  You may have the title of (but not exclusive to) labor relations specialist, labor mediator, or community advocate.


Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Labor Studies:

Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.



Publications/Magazines in Labor Studies: