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Labor Studies, Undergraduate Certificate

IU Online’s Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies provides basic knowledge about labor rights, collective bargaining, labor problems, and more. In this flexible and fully online program, you’ll learn how the labor movement fits into the economy, the political arena, and society as a whole.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 30

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $317.26

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $475.89

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

Degree Overview

IU Online’s Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies provides basic knowledge about labor rights, collective bargaining, labor problems, and more. In this flexible and fully online program, you’ll learn how the labor movement fits into the economy, the political arena, and society as a whole.

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

Admissions requirements vary.


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. 
Application Deadlines

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

Note: This program is not eligible for financial aid at IU South Bend and IU Northwest. It is eligible for financial aid at IU Bloomington and IU Indianapolis.

Your IU Online Undergraduate Certificate 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 earn the Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies, you must complete 30 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Labor studies core courses (18 credit hours)
  • Arts and humanities course (3 credit hours)
  • Science and mathematics course (3 credit hours)
  • Social and behavioral sciences course (3 credit hours)
  • Additional arts and sciences course (3 credit hours)

Core Classes for the Undergraduate Certificate 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 Introduction to Labor History 3 Credits
LSTU-L 110  Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society 3 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 230  Labor and the Economy 3 Credits
LSTU-L 231 Globalization and Labor 3 Credits
LSTU-L 314 Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace 3 Credits
LSTU-L 315 The Organization of Work 3 Credits
LSTU-L 380 Theories of the Labor Movement 3 Credits
LSTU-L 385 Class, Race, Gender, and Work 3 Credits

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