Labor Studies

About the labor studies major

Labor studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with work, the workplace, and workers and their organizations. You'll learn about the rapidly changing conditions of work within a national and global perspective and how to respond to the challenges faced by labor institutions. Labor studies will teach you to value the well-being of workers and how to support, strengthen, advocate, and promote the development of the labor movement. This completely online major will prepare you to assume leadership roles in the workplace and in communities.

Skills and abilities this major develops: advocating, critical thinking, supporting individuals, and communicating.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • American labor history 
  • Collective bargaining
  • Contemporary labor problems
  • Employees with disabilities
  • Labor law
  • Union organizing
  • Workplace discrimination

Possible careers

  • Affirmative action coordinator
  • Employee benefits manager
  • Employment counselor
  • Labor relations manager
  • Training specialist
  • Union staff representative

Where could I work?

  • Business development
  • Cummins
  • Human resources
  • Operations
  • State of Indiana

Arts, Humanities, and Human Services Cluster

This major is part of the Arts, Humanities, and Human Services (AHHS) cluster. The AHHS cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in art and design, education, general studies, journalism, liberal arts, and social work. The AHHS cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools. 

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