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 our undergraduate advisors Talia Schank at or Amy Marchitto at to set up an advising appointment so that you take full advantage of the major/minor and we can add you to our department listserv.

Off-campus programs are advised to contact Program 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.


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 at 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 (27 credits):

These are automatically met if a student transfers with an AA or AS degree from a NJ county college. For other students, including those who hold AAS degrees or those who transfer before attaining an AA, AS and AAS in Technical Studies 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 the Core Curriculum New Brunswick 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: 575:201 or 202 or 300.  
  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, as is our course Finance for Personal & Professional Success (37:575:250).
  3. Science or Technology. 6 credits. Courses from natural science departments or from other departments that are primarily science-based, or computer, or technology-based for a total of at least 6 credits. 
  4. Social Science. 3 credits. Students must complete one course in area of social science for a total of 3 credits. This requirement is met automatically by classes in the major.  
  5. Arts and Humanities. 3 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.
  6. 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, 203 or 207.
  7. Diversity. 3 credits. Approved course that provides opportunities to learn about diversity issues in society and how workplaces can be more inclusive. Classes in the major that meet this requirement include 303, 307, 309, 364 and 366. Any classes designated CCD (Contemporary Challenges Diversity) by Rutgers also counts here.


Students applying to the off-campus Rutgers programs are encouraged to review websites operated in partnership with:

You can contact our Program 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.