Labor studies comprises an examination of work, workers and worker organizations, both historically and in a contemporary context.
Labor studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon the methodologies and subject matter of the social sciences and humanities. Scholars in other interdisciplinary fields, such as American studies, women’s studies and African-American studies, also have helped to define labor studies methodologically.
Concentrations in labor studies generally include studies that focus on aspects of labor related to:
In addition, labor studies students should be able to express their ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and should be capable of undertaking research in relevant areas. While labor studies degree programs will vary in focus and approach, they should include exposure to:
A variety of degree designs can correspond to the guidelines. While no individual degree program need include all of the following, labor studies students consider such topics as:
Note: The labor studies area of study is offered only in New York City and through online study.
Revised October 1996