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Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies, Online

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Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies

Online Joint Collaborative

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 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:
  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts.
  3. Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
  4. Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants).
  5. International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
  6. This program is offered by IU South Bend, 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 Deadline:

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials

Tuition and Fees
  • Indiana Residents | $224.23/credit hour ($672.69/3 credit hours)
  • Out of State Residents | $321.34/credit hour ($964.02/3 credit hours)
  • The tuition listed is for IU South Bend and IU Northwest. For information about tuition at other campuses, please send an email to
  • Additional fees will apply

Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

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)

Elective Courses
  • LSTU-L 100 Survey of Unions and Collective Bargaining
  • LSTU-L 101 American Labor History
  • LSTU-L 104 Introduction to the Study of Labor History
  • LSTU-L 110 Introduction to Labor Studies: Labor and Society
  • LSTU-L 190 Labor Studies Degree (1 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 199 Portfolio Development Workshop (1 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 200 Survey of Employment Law
  • LSTU-L 201 Labor Law
  • LSTU-L 203 Labor and the Political System
  • LSTU-L 205 Contemporary Labor Problems
  • LSTU-L 210 Workplace Descrimination and Fair Employment
  • LSTU-L 220 Grievance Representation
  • LSTU-L 230 Labor and Economy
  • LSTU-L 231 Contemporary Labor Issues: Globalization and Labor
  • LSTU-L 240 Occupational Health and Safety
  • LSTU-L 250 Collective Bargaining
  • LSTU-L 251 Collective Bargaining Laboratory (1-3 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 255 Unions in State and Local Government
  • LSTU-L 260 Leadership and Representation
  • LSTU-L 270 Union Government and Organization
  • LSTU-L 280 Union Organizing
  • LSTU-L 285 Assessment Project (1 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 290 Topics in Labor Studies (1-3 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 314 Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace
  • LSTU-L 315 The Organization of Work
  • LSTU-L 320 Grievance Arbitration
  • LSTU-L 330 Global Comparisons: Labor Relations-Examples from Three Continents
  • LSTU-L 331 Global Problems: Local Solutions
  • LSTU-L 350 Issues in Collective Bargaining
  • LSTU-L 360 Union Administration and Development (1-3 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 370 Labor and Religion
  • LSTU-L 380 Theories of the Labor Movement
  • LSTU-L 385 Class, Race, Gender, and Work
  • LSTU-L 390 Labor Legislation
  • LSTU-L 410 Comparitive Labor Movements
  • LSTU-L 420 Labor Studies Internship (1-6 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 430 Labor Research Methods
  • LSTU-L 480 Senior Seminar or Readings
  • LSTU-L 490 Topics in Labor Studies (1-3 cr.)
  • LSTU-L 495 Directed Labor Studies (1-6 cr.)

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