The area of labor relations is related to economics, personnel management and labor studies. Whether students approach labor relations from a managerial perspective or a union perspective, the basic core concepts are the same.
The study of labor-management relations is only one subject area within the diverse field of industrial relations. By its very nature, a degree in labor relations must be broad. Programs that go beyond studies in classic labor areas and business will be most helpful to students who intend to work in this field.
The labor relations concentration addresses issues that affect relations among organized groups of workers, employers and government officials and agencies, and requires integration of knowledge from sociology, psychology, law, economics, politics and history.
Students who seek a concentration in the area of labor relations will be prepared to work in union management negotiations (collective bargaining), contract administration, union organizing efforts and what management calls "preventative labor relations."
The guidelines that follow provide a basic program outline that can be augmented with additional relevant studies.
Highly recommended foundation studies include:
Studies that are specific and essential to the field of labor relations include:
Depending on a student’s goals and interests, additional studies in the field of labor relations could include studies in: