The Labor Studies and Employment Relations Department offers two undergraduate programs: a B.A. and a B.S. degree. Both explore work – how work shapes our society, how work is changing today, and what issues work poses for all of us as employees, employers, and citizens. Both provide multiple perspectives, ranging from how to manage people well, to understanding how working people can address the problems they face, and to how society can improve work.
Either degree will allow you to:
- Explore a wide variety of issues;
- Enjoy a world class educational experience;
- Open up a variety of career paths;
- Study work and find where you fit in.
The Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations (B.A.) is a joint degree between the School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR) and the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS).
The Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations (B.S.) is granted solely by the School of Management and Labor Relations.
Although these two degrees are very similar, their general education requirements, major requirements, and student policies are somewhat different. Because of this, you may find that one of these degrees meets your individual needs better than the other.
You are a School of Arts and Sciences student
If you are already admitted to the School of Arts and Sciences, we recommend staying in that school and applying to the School of Management and Labor Relations to major in Labor Studies and Employment Relations. This will place you in the B.A. program.
The major is flexible and applying is easy
With fewer required courses, you have more opportunity to study what YOU find intriguing or valuable (see below for major requirements). It is also easy to apply and can be done at any time (although we suggest you apply as early as possible).
You can keep your options open
The School of Arts and Sciences is a great school that offers students maximum flexibility. Staying in SAS gives you more options if you decide on another academic direction. You cannot change majors if you leave SAS and pursue the B.S. degree.
You are a transfer student or a nontraditional student
The B.S. program has a number of elements that may appeal to you if you are a working professional or employed many hours a week, attend an off-campus program, have attended multiple colleges, or are returning to Rutgers after being out of school. If one of these descriptions sounds like you, the B.S. program has been specifically designed to help meet your needs.
You will have flexibility in requirements outside the major
B.S. students may elect to do a minor (or a second major), but it is optional. The Human Resource Management minor and all other minors offered by SAS are open to B.S. students.
If you work, we work with you
SMLR encourages all students who are working many hours a week to select part-time status, whatever their age. We also make it easy to move back and forth between full-time and part-time study—or to be out of school for a semester and then return.
For more information about these programs, view the Rutgers University–New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog.