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Labor Studies, B.S.

The IU Online Labor Studies Bachelor of Science degree program allows you to develop a holistic understanding of the factors that influence the relationships between workers, their roles and their organizations. In this completely online bachelor’s degree program, you’ll draw on historical, economic, political, and philosophical theory to gain a better understanding of work.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 120

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 Bachelor of Science degree in Labor Studies from IU Online will prepare you to be a workplace leader and advocate on behalf of your coworkers or union. You’ll take courses in history, economics, industrial relations, political science, law, sociology, communication, philosophy, and more to fully develop your understanding of workplace relations and take on new responsibilities in the labor movement.

As a student in the program, you’ll benefit from a career-focused program ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. 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 be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. At least 12 transferable credit hours.
To apply to this program:
  • Complete application for admission. 
  • Submit official transcripts. 
  • 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. 
  • This program is offered by IU Bloomington, IU Northwest, IUPUI, and IU South Bend. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus. 
Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Your IU Online BS in Labor Studies prepares you for such careers as:

  • Labor relations specialist 
  • Union organizer 
  • Community advocate 
  • Public policy advocate 
  • Recruiting coordinator 
  • Human resource associate 
  • Employee benefits manager 
  • Equal Employment Opportunity officer 
  • Training and development specialist 

To graduate with the BS in Labor Studies, you must complete a total of 120 credit hours. At least 30 credit hours must be taken at the 300-400 level. In addition, concentration requirements must be completed with a grade of C or higher. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • General education courses (30 credit hours) 
  • Additional general education courses (21 credit hours) 
  • Labor studies concentration courses (42 credit hours) 
  • General elective courses (27 credit hours) 

Core Classes for the BS 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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