Labor and Workplace Studies

Scope and Objectives

The Labor and Workplace Studies minor offers an opportunity to learn about the workplace and the social, political, and economic forces that influence it. The program emphasizes the institutions of the labor market, public policy, employment relations, unions, and working-class movements. It also explores issues of race, class, and gender in the workplace. The interdisciplinary approach gives students exposure to disciplines in addition to their own majors; students should plan to take courses from multiple departments, as disciplinary breadth is encouraged.

The program is intended for students who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the broad array of issues related to labor and the workplace. Students are encouraged to plan, with the faculty adviser and minor coordinator, either a coherent integration of courses according to a thematic or subtopical investigation or, alternatively, a comprehensive survey of the main issues involved in the study of labor and the workplace.