Labor Studies

As a student of labor studies, you will examine the topics of work, workers and worker organizations. You will study the history of the labor movement, labor law and collective bargaining, and focus on current problems and policies generated by changes in the global economy, technology, the workforce and the workplace.

You will sharpen your skills in writing and research and critical reading and thinking, as, together with a faculty mentor, you create a program to meet your specific needs and goals.

Labor studies degrees are offered online and through The Harry Van Arsdale, Jr. School of Labor Studies in New York City.

Why choose a degree in Labor Studies?

Students pursue a degree in Labor Studies in order to prepare for:

  • Increased responsibilities in their present position;
  • New careers in areas such as labor-management relations and human resources;
  • Graduate school, especially in Labor Studies;
  • Law school;
  • Work in policy development;
  • Work in the business sector;
  • Government service; or
  • Teaching

Degrees Available

As a regionally accredited college of the State University of New York, SUNY Empire State College offers the following related degrees in Labor Studies:

  • Associate in Arts
  • Associate in Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Professional Studies


Popular Concentrations

  • General Labor History
  • Labor Studies
  • Labor-Management Relations (available only through online courses)

Labor Studies is an interdisciplinary field which draws on the methodologies and subject matter of the social sciences and humanities and other interdisciplinary areas, such as American studies, women’s studies and African-American studies.

Nondegree Study

Taking individual courses as a nondegree student also is possible and will offer you the same range and depth of courses and rigorous standards as matriculated undergraduate students.

For detailed guidelines and sample degree programs in Labor Studies please visit the Labor Studies area of study web page.