Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Requirements | 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 subsitute 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.

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.

Perspectives Application Essay

We take your Perspectives application essay very seriously as we make our decisions about granting students a B.S. in Labor Studies & Employment Relations. We want very much to know why you have chosen the degree, and how you see pursuing the degree as fitting into your future plans. This essay is required in order to register for the Perspectives on Labor Studies course, and will affect our evaluation of whether or not you write well enough to succeed in an online writing-intensive section of the class.

Before you write the application essay

We would like you to consider these questions:

  1. What Labor Studies courses have you had? What did you find interesting and important about these courses? What issues raised by these courses do you hope to pursue in future Labor Studies courses?
  2. How does the Labor Studies major relate to your life and work experience? Is there a connection? Did Labor Studies courses help you understand your previous experiences better, or in a different way?
  3. What are your future goals? How do you think the major will help you achieve these goals?
  4. What do you think you can contribute to the labor studies field and to the community of people involved in the field of labor studies and employment relations? Why should Labor Studies value you as a participant?

After you have considered these questions

Write an essay conveying to us why you are pursuing the degree. Please try to be specific and persuasive. E-mail your essay as an attachment with your request for a special permission number to

We will take your essay, as well as your academic record, and your work experience (if any), under consideration as we make our decision about granting a special permission number for a particular section.

If you have any questions about the application process, you may contact Amy Marchitto, our undergraduate adviser, at or Barbara Konopka, our admin at