2018-2019 Catalog

Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

General Education Requirements (49 units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

Minor Requirements

No minor required.  

Major Requirements (30 units)

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

Students are strongly encouraged to either pass the GWAR or take The Writing Adjunct (IDS 397 and 398) when starting this program.

A.  Core Courses (18 units)

1.  Required Course (3 units):

LBR 490Seminar In Labor Studies


2.  Electives: Select five courses from the following (15 units):

ECO 330Labor Economics


HIS 348Labor In American Society


LBR 411Contracts and Negotiations


LBR 412Labor Law


SOC 315Sociology Of Work


NOTE: When appropriate to the focus, courses such as IDS 326, or MGT 310, MGT 312, MGT 314, or MGT 316 may be substituted with advisor's approval.

B.  Related Courses in Field of Emphasis: Four courses (12 units):

With advisement students will select 4 courses related to Labor Studies organized around a theme or a focus such as "labor and political economy," "women workers," "race and ethnicity in the labor force," "labor and culture," and "legal and negotiating skills for the workplace." Students may construct a field from the following courses, from other courses not used in the core section, and from other appropriate courses with advisor's approval. For example, a student interested in "legal and negotiating skills for the workplace" might use courses from political science that deal with the law. The following courses may also be used to construct a field of emphasis:

LBR 495Special Topics


LBR 496Practicum Labor Studies


PUB 315 Labor-Management Relations in Government


ACC 230Financial Accounting


PSY 372Industrial and Organizational Psychology