Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations

In order to major in this multidisciplinary course of study, students must take 36 credits of Labor Studies & Employment Relations courses with a grade of C or better as part of the total 120 credits required to graduate from Rutgers. These courses must include:

  • One intro-level course: Either Introduction to Labor Studies (575:100) or Work and Society (575:110)
  • Perspectives in Labor Studies (575:395) - you must submit a brief essay to enroll in this course.
  • At least one capstone course or internship
  • 27 credits of Labor Studies electives. In place of 6 of these credits, students may substitute related courses from other departments.

Applying to the programRutgers Clock

After being admitted to the Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences, (SAS), students may be conditionally admitted to the labor studies major, if they have a GPA of 2.0 or better, by going to the SAS major/minor sign-up website: Sign in with your NetID and password and simply, click 578 Labor Studies and Employment Relations as your major/minor.


As a new major/minor, you are strongly encouraged to email to set up an advising appointment with our undergraduate advisor Amy Marchitto so that you take full advantage of the major/minor and we can add you to our department listserv.


Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations


Select 36 credits from undergraduate courses offered by the Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department with a grade of C or better, including:

  • 37:575:100 (Introduction to Labor Studies) or 37:575:110 (Work, Society, & the Quality of Life)
  • 37:575:315 (Employment Law)
  • 37:575:395 (Perspectives – a survey of theories relevant to the major, taught with an emphasis on professional communication/writing)
  • 37:575:490 or 496 or 497 (Capstone internship; students with work experience can take any 200-400 level 37:575 course to substitute the capstone internship course requirement. Resume must be uploaded to your "Drop Box" personal portfolio at in BS in Labor Studies tab for consideration.)

Up to 6 of these credits may consist of courses in related social science disciplines. Specific courses that count are listed on Degree Navigator. 

Research Methods/Statistics Requirement:

One 3 credit course. Courses from Rutgers–New Brunswick that automatically meet this requirement include 37:575:401 (Labor Studies); 01:920:311 (Sociology); 01:830:200 (Psychology); 01:790:300 (Political Science); 10:762:205 (Planning and Public Policy); 01:220:322 (Economics); 01:450:319 (Geography); or 01:960:211, 212, or 285 (Statistics). Other courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

General Education Requirements (24 credits):

These are automatically met by a student transferring with an AA or AS degree from a New Jersey county college. For other students, including those who hold AAS degrees or those who transfer before attaining an AA or AS degree, the requirements can be met via a combination of courses taken at a county college and at Rutgers–New Brunswick.

In general, any of the classes designated by Rutgers–New Brunswick SAS within a given category are acceptable as are any of the classes that articulate into a category according to NJ Transfer.

  1. Writing and communication. Expository writing plus a second class that is writing intensive for a total of 6 credits. The following classes within the major can be used to meet the second class requirement: 201, 202, 362.
  2. Quantitative reasoning. 3 credits in college-level mathematics or in a course utilizing applied quantitative reasoning plus the 3 credit class in research methods/statistics (for a total of 6 credits). Classes in accounting, finance, or other quantitative business areas are considered to use applied quantitative reasoning.
  3. Science. 6 credits. Courses from natural science departments as well as ones from other departments that are primarily science.
  4. Arts and Humanities. 6 credits. Any course from an art, music, English, foreign language, classics, religion, or other humanities department; courses from area studies programs or interdisciplinary departments may be counted on a case-by-case basis.
  5. History. 3 credits. Any course from a history department or any course primarily historical in nature from another department. The following classes within the major can be used to meet this requirement: 201, 202, 407.

Note: A social science general education requirement is met by classes in the major.


Students applying to the off-campus Rutgers programs are encouraged to review Websites operated in partnership with:
Atlantic Cape Community College, go to:
Brookdale Community College, go to:

You can contact our Credit Director, Professor Paula Voos by telephone at 848-932-1748 to talk about these issues. Her email is if you need to set up an appointment.