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Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations

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  • Course description
    The bachelor of arts degree in labor studies and employment relations is embedded in the broader undergraduate curriculum of Rutgers' School of Arts and Sciences. It is possible to complete the degree in the evening as well as in the daytime.

    The undergraduate labor studies and employment relations program provides students with an opportunity to learn more about the nature of work, the problems of working people, and what workers have done to address those problems, both individually and collectively.
    • The program's introductory courses offer a realistic view of the dominant institutions, practices, and values of the workforce and explore how the world of work might change to meet the challenge of the next century.
    • Intermediate courses enable students to acquire a range of specific competencies useful for employment relations' specialists and human resource staff. These courses allow students to participate in a series of cultural and disciplinary dialogues providing alternate perspectives on work and the wider society.
    • Advanced courses provide labor studies and employment relations majors with an opportunity to consolidate what they have learned about the nature of work.
    In order to major in this multidisciplinary course of study, students must take 36 credits of labor studies and employment relations courses with a grade of C or better as part of the total 120 credits required to graduate from Rutgers.  These courses must include one of the Introduction to Labor Studies and Employment Relations classes (but not both), Perspectives on Labor Studies and Employment Relations, and one "capstone course" consisting either of the Senior Seminar, an independent study or an internship related to the field.

    Students may be conditionally admitted once they complete the application.  They then receive the full range of advising and support services offered by the School.

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