BA in Labor Studies

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program in Labor Studies prepares adults for career change, advancement or graduate education, while providing personal enrichment. The program examines work, workers, the organizations workers create to defend their interests and non-work phenomena that affect and are affected by workers.  Students develop a broad general knowledge of the traditional liberal arts disciplines while developing a greater depth of knowledge of labor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of labor as a social, political, economic and legal force in society
  • Explain the history and main principles of labor law in the United States
  • Articulate the main principles of labor economics, including applied theory
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role of technology in the changing workplace
  • Identify the relationship between the labor movement and the struggles for civil rights and gender equality
  • Identify the main theories and methodologies of labor studies

BA in Labor Studies Credit Distribution

Subject Category Credits
I. General Education Requirements 60
A. Intellectual and Practical Skills 15
  • English Composition I (ENC-101)
  • English Composition II (ENC-102)
  • College-Level Math Course
  • Electives in Intellectual and Practical Skills
B. Human Cultures and the Physical and Natural World 18
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences or Interdisciplinary
C. Personal and Social Responsibility 9
  • Diversity/Global Literacy
  • Responsible Ethical Leadership
  • Other Ethics or Diversity Course
D. General Education Electives 18
II Area of Study: Labor Studies 33
A. Required Courses 12
  • U.S. Labor History
  • Introduction to Labor Studies (3 credits) OR
  • Work in Contemporary Society (3 credits)
  • Labor Economics
  • Labor Law
    B. Capstone 3
  • LIB-495 Liberal Arts Capstone
C. Labor Studies Electives*
  • Administration of the Contract
  • American Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Applied Marxist Economic Theory
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Rights and Labor
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Comparative Labor Movements
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Contemporary Labor Issues
  • Grievance Representative
  • Human Relations and Management
  • Labor Movement Theories
  • Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Organizing Labor Unions
  • Personnel Legislation
  • Trade Union Structure and Administration
  • Working Women and Modern Technology
D. Requirements  
  • Courses transferred to Thomas Edison State College are equated to the following levels: 100, 200, 300 or 400. A minimum of 18 credits equating to 300 or 400 are required.
III. Free Electives 27
Total 120


*This is a guide. Other labor studies courses may be appropriate for this area of study.

Transfer Your Credit

Have you attended college before? If so, you may be able to transfer credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges or universities. The College also offers a variety of other ways to earn credit - all designed around the needs of adult learners, like you.

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