Labor Studies & Employment Relations

Specializations & Concentrations

The MLER program allows students to specialize by combining required classes with carefully selected electives. All students have five electives, and those who are in the five-year Bachelor's/Master's program typically have up to three additional electives.

Concentrations are not formal. Instead, students can tailor their program to meet their own individual needs. The following are examples of programs for students with particular interests:

Concentration in Labor and Community Leadership

In addition to the required class in Collective Bargaining, potential classes include:

  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring, and Employment
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace (online class)
  • Union Organizing (taken for graduate credit)
  • Organizing for Social Change (taken for graduate credit)
  • Labor/Employment History
  • New Directions in Collective Bargaining
  • Public Policy Advocacy

Concentration in Organizational Change, Employee Involvement, and Workplace Governance

Potential classes include:

  • Employee Involvement and New Work Organization
  • Financial Analysis and Corporate Governance
  • Conflict Resolution in the Workplace
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring, and Employment
  • Globalization and the Future of Employment
  • Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace (online class)
  • Creating and Managing Organizational Change (taken in Human Resource Management Department)
  • Sociology of Organizations (taken in Sociology Department)

Concentration in Labor Relations

In addition to the required course in Collective Bargaining, potential classes include:

  • New Directions in Collective Bargaining
  • Labor Law
  • Collective Bargaining in the Public Sector
  • Financial Analysis and Corporate Governance
  • Grievance Processes and Arbitration
  • Theories of Labor and Employment Relations
  • Labor/Employment History
  • Seminar in International/Comparative Labor and Employment Relations

Concentration in Diversity and Workplace Inclusion

In addition to the required course in Employment Law, potential classes include:

  • Seminar in Minorities and Work
  • The Inclusive Workplace (online class)
  • Topics: Managing Diversity (taken in Human Resource Management Department)
  • Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets
  • Self-Development for Professional Success (online class)
  • Latino Workers in the United States (taken for graduate credit)
  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • Women and Work

Concentration in Public Policy in Labor Markets and Employment

In addition to the required course in Economics and Demographics of Labor Markets, potential classes include:

  • Benefits and Social Insurance
  • Globalization, Corporate Restructuring, and Employment
  • Current Labor Problems (taken for graduate credit)
  • Globalization and the Future of Employment
  • Immigration, Public Policy, and Worker Rights
  • Research Methods in Labor and Employment Relations
  • Employment and Training Policy
  • State and Local Economic Development Theories and Policies

Concentration in Public Sector Labor Relations

In addition to the required course in Collective Bargaining, potential classes include:  

  • Public Sector Collective Bargaining
  • Public Sector Employment Issues
  • American Workers and Politics
  • New Directions in Collective Bargaining
  • Grievance Processes and Arbitration
  • Labor Law
  • Employment Law
  • Benefits and Social Insurance