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 Bachelor 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 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)
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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
At least 12 transferable credit hours.
Met all other admissions requirements.
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.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
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 and IU South Bend. For information about tuition at other campuses, please send an email to email@example.com.
-Additional fees will apply.
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