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Labor Studies, A.S.

The IU Online Associate of Science in Labor Studies prepares you to manage labor relations in the workplace. In this fully online, flexible program, you’ll explore the relationship between workers and their organizations and learn how to create positive changes in the workplace.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 60

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $308.02

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $462.03

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

The Associate of Science in Labor Studies will help you develop skills you can use in your union, your community, and in the day-to-day activities in your workplace. You’ll graduate prepared to learn new jobs, take on new responsibilities, and adjust to a changing job market.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University degree respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

And the benefits start long before graduation. More than half of IU Online students advance in their careers before they complete their degree.

To apply to this program:
  • Complete an application for admission
  • Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants)
  • Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants)
  • International applicants may be asked for additional materials
Application Deadlines

This program has rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

To graduate with the A.S. in Labor Studies, you must complete  60 credit hours. At least 12 credit hours must be earned from Indiana University. No more than 15 credit hours may be earned within a single discipline other than labor studies.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General education courses (33 credit hours) 
  • Labor studies 100/200 level courses (15 credit hours) 
  • Labor studies 200/300/400 level courses (12 credit hours) 

Elective Classes for the AS in Labor Studies
Course Number Course Name Credits
LSTU-L 100 Survey of Unions and Collective Bargaining 3 Credits
LSTU-L 101 American Labor History 3 Credits
LSTU-L 104 Labor History 3 Credits
LSTU-L 110  Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society 3 Credits
LSTU-L 190 The Labor Studies Degree 1 Credit
LSTU-L 199 Portfolio Development Workshop 1 Credit
LSTU-L 200 Survey of Employment Law 2 Credits
LSTU-L 201 Labor Law 3 Credits
LSTU-L 203 Labor and the Political System 3 Credits
LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems 3 Credits
LSTU-L 210 Workplace Discrimination and Fair Employment 3 Credits
LSTU-L 220 Grievance Representation 3 Credits
LSTU-L 230  Labor and the Economy 3 Credits
LSTU-L 231 Globalization and Labor 3 Credits
LSTU-L 240 Occupational Health and Safety  3 Credits
LSTU-L 250 Collective Bargaining 3 Credits
LSTU-L 251 Collective Bargaining Laboratory 1-3 Credits
LSTU-L 255 Unions in State and Local Government  3 Credits
LSTU-L 260 Leadership and Representation 3 Credits
LSTU-L 270 Union Government and Organization 3 Credits
LSTU-L 280 Union Organizing 3 Credits
LSTU-L 285 Assessment Project 1 Credit
LSTU-L 290 Topics in Labor Studies 1-3 Credits
LSTU-L 314 Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace 3 Credits
LSTU-L 315 The Organization of Work 3 Credits
LSTU-L 320 Grievance Arbitration 3 Credits
LSTU-L 330 Global Comparisons: Labor Relations Examples from Three Continents 3 Credits
LSTU-L 331 Global Problems, Local Solutions 3 Credits
LSTU-L 350 Issues in Collective Bargaining 3 Credits
LSTU-L 360  Union Administration and Development 3 Credits
LSTU-L 370 Labor and Religion 3 Credits
LSTU-L 380 Theories of the Labor Movement 3 Credits
LSTU-L 385 Class, Race, Gender, and Work 3 Credits
LSTU-L 390 Topics in Labor Studies 1-3 Credits
LSTU-L 410 Comparative Labor Movements 3 Credits
LSTU-L 420 Labor Studies Internship 1-6 Credits
LSTU-L 430 Labor Research Methods 3 Credits
LSTU-L 480 Senior Seminar or Readings 3 Credits
LSTU-L 490 Topics in Labor Studies 1-3 Credits
LSTU-L 495 Directed Labor Studies 1-6 Credits

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