Labor Studies

In Labor Studies you'll examine the topics of work, workers and worker organizations. You study the history of the labor movement, labor law and collective bargaining, and focus on current problems and policies generated by changes in the global economy, technology, the work force and the workplace.

Popular Concentrations in Labor Studies

  • general labor history
  • labor studies
  • labor-management relations

Why choose a degree in Labor Studies?

Students commonly pursue a degree in Labor Studies in order to:

  • increase effectiveness in their present position
  • prepare for greater responsibilities or new positions that deal with matters important to labor, labor-management relations and human resources
  • pursue graduate study in labor studies, law school or other areas

The Labor Studies area of study is offered only through The Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Center for Labor Studies in New York City and through distance learning.

Sample Degree Programs

SUNY Empire State College students work closely with their mentors to design their own degree programs.

Changes to Undergraduate Degree Requirements Effective Sept. 8, 2014

The degree plan samples provided below reflect older policy. Check back as new samples are forthcoming.

These sample degree program plans illustrate the degree program format and provide examples of some different types of individualized degree programs.