Labor Studies BA

Capstone Major

The Labor Studies major is a designated capstone major. Undergraduate students fulfill a research-intensive capstone course or service learning experience in their senior year.

The Labor Studies major offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of inequality at work and in the community. The program prepares undergraduates for a wide range of careers including but not limited to labor relations; human resource management; human rights, labor and community organizing; business; law; domestic and international government work; nonprofit management; organizational leadership; economic forecasting; education; social work; and social welfare. To be admitted to the Labor Studies major, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and must have completed all non-language Labor Studies preparation for the major courses. Students must complete an application process, and file a petition to be admitted for the major at the program’s office.

Learning Outcomes

The Labor Studies major has the following learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrated familiarity and competence in a range of interdisciplinary methodologies and approaches
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the field of labor studies acquired through coursework
  • Demonstrated familiarity with dynamics of social movements through study and/or experience
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive and execute an original research project, either individually or in a research group
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate research findings to academic and nonacademic audiences

Admission

To be admitted to the Labor Studies major, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and must have completed all non-language Labor Studies preparation for the major courses. Students must complete an application process, and file a petition to be admitted for the major at the program’s office.

Preparation for the Major

Required: Labor Studies 10 and two lower-division courses selected from African American Studies 1, M5, Asian American Studies 10, 20, 40, 50, Chicana and Chicano Studies 10B, Gender Studies 10, Geography 4, History 2B, 8B, 12A, 12B, 12C, Honors Collegium 82, Political Science 60, Public Policy 10A, 10B, Sociology M5, 51, Spanish 44; or Labor Studies M1A, M1B, M1CW.

Students may petition, prior to enrollment in the course, apply other topical lower-division courses with substantial labor-related content.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Labor Studies major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one interdisciplinary labor history or one social structure and contemporary conditions course related to labor and/or social movements.

Refer to the UCLA transfer admission guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission.

The Major

Required Core Course (4 units): Labor Studies 101.

Elective Courses (36 units): Nine courses (36 units), at least four (16 units) of which must be from labor studies; the remaining five courses (20 units) may be selected from African American Studies CM113, M173, Asian American Studies 113, M116, Chicana and Chicano Studies M125, M127, M128, 129, Economics 150, 151, Gender Studies 102, M137E, M163, History 141B, 146A, 146B, 146C, M150C, Labor Studies M114C, M116, M117, M119, M121, M122, M123, M125, 126, M127, M128, M134SL, M136, 140, M144, M149, 152, M165, M166A, M166B, M166C, M167, 168, M170 through 177, 179A, 179B, M180, 181, 182A, 182B, 187, 188, 191A, 194A, 194B, 195A, 195B, 199, Political Science 116A, M180A, Sociology 157, M163, 171, 173.

Students may petition, prior to enrollment in the course, apply other topical upper-division courses with substantial labor-related content.

Capstone Research and/or Community-Engaged/Internship Experience (8 units): During their senior year, students must complete research-intensive capstone courses, community-engaged/internship experiences, or a combination of both, selected from Labor Studies 191A, 194A, 194B, 195A, 195B, 199, or an approved internship through the Center for Community Learning.

Each major course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.