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Labor Studies, AS

Associate of Science

Labor studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with work, the workplace, and workers and their organizations. It draws from the fields of history, economics, industrial relations, political science, law, sociology, communication, and philosophy, as well as other disciplines.

The IU Online Associate of Science in Labor Studies exposes you to courses in writing, technology, economics, and history. You develop skills that you can apply to your day-to-day activities at your workplace, in your union, and in the community. You gain a better understanding of where you and the labor movement fit into the economy, the political arena, and society as a whole. These skills enable you to learn new jobs, take on new responsibilities, and adjust to a changing job market.

Your IU Online AS 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 

Degree Requirements

To graduate with the AS in Labor Studies, you must complete a total of 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) 

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. At least 12 transferable credit hours.
  2. Met all other admissions requirements.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
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, and IUPUI. 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.


  • LSTU-L 100Survey of Unions and Collective Bargaining3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 101American Labor History3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 104Labor History3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 110Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 190The Labor Studies Degree1 Credits
  • LSTU-L 199Portfolio Development Workshop1 Credits
  • LSTU-L 200Survey of Employment Law2 Credits
  • LSTU-L 201Labor Law3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 203Labor and the Political System3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 205Contemporary Labor Problems3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 210Workplace Discrimination and Fair Employment3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 220Grievance Representation 3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 230 Labor and the Economy3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 231 Globalization and Labor3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 240 Occupational Health and Safety 3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 250Collective Bargaining3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 251Collective Bargaining Laboratory1-3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 255Unions in State and Local Government3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 260Leadership and Representation3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 270 Union Government and Organization3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 280Union Organizing3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 285Assessment Project1 Credits
  • LSTU-L 290Topics in Labor Studies1-3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 314Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 315The Organization of Work3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 320Grievance Arbitration3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 330Global Comparisons: Labor Relations Examples from Three Continents3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 331 Global Problems, Local Solutions3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 350 Issues in Collective Bargaining3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 360Union Administration and Development3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 370Labor and Religion3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 380Theories of the Labor Movement3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 385Class, Race, Gender, and Work3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 390Topics in Labor Studies1-3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 410Comparative Labor Movements3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 420 Labor Studies Internship1-6 Credits
  • LSTU-L 430Labor Research Methods3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 480Senior Seminar or Readings3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 490Topics in Labor Studies1-3 Credits
  • LSTU-L 495Directed Labor Study1-6 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $235.59
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $706.77
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $340.92
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1022.76

-The tuition listed is for IU Northwest. For information about tuition at other campuses, please send an email to iuosfs@iu.edu.

-Additional fees will apply.

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