Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies (BS-LS)

The Labor Studies curriculum was formulated on the Department’s vision,  mission, and goals and objectives. With a focus on the rapidly changing conditions of work within a national and global perspective, the LS department aims to prepare students to respond to the challenges faced by labor institutions and strengthen the qualities of the workforce. LS degree graduates are prepared to assume leadership roles in the workplace and in communities. They are considered to be well rounded critical thinkers trained with a liberal arts foundation to value the well-being of workers, working people, and their organizations through skills and knowledge to support, strengthen, advocate, and promote the history and developments of the labor movement locally and globally with an emphasis on social and economic justice.

Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies (BS-LS) 120 credit hours.

  • The campus wide general-education curriculum (30 cr.)
  • Additional general education courses (21 cr.)
  • Labor Studies Major concentration (42 cr.)
  • Electives (27 cr.)

All IU Campuses General Education core courses

Students seeking a Bachelor degree in Labor Studies must take 51 credit hours of general education courses, 30 credit hours from the IUPUI General Education Core courses and 21 credit hours from the list of IUPUI general education courses. As a part of these 51 credit hours, all students must successfully complete 12 credit hours from the Labor Studies Required Areas of Learning listed directly below. These courses can count toward the General Education core (30 cr.) or as general education courses (21 cr.).

Labor Studies Required Areas of Learning (12 credit hours)
To be completed within the General Education core courses (30 cr.), or in the remaining general education courses (21cr.).

  • ENG-W 131 Reading, Writing, and Inquiry 1
  • One additional 200/300 level writing course (Visual Literacy: ENG-W 231 or W 270)
  • One economics course (LSTU-L 230 Labor and the Economy meets this requirement)
  • One computer course

Major concentration (42 cr.)

The Labor Studies concentration consists of 15 credit hours of 100/200 level courses and 27 credit hours of 200/300/400 level courses. There are no pre-requisites or co-requisite Labor Studies courses. Students can take the Labor Studies courses in any order, although, we do suggest a logical progression (100 level, 200 level, 300 level, etc.).

Labor Studies 100/200 level courses (15 cr.)

Labor Studies 200/300/400 level courses (27 cr.)

Additional General Education courses (9 cr.)

Electives (27 cr.)

Open (Labor Studies courses recommended)

Lastly, the Labor Studies degree requires 27 credit hours of electives. These courses are at the discretion of the student, but we recommend that you take Labor Studies courses to strengthen your Labor Studies education.

Please note: Within the 120 credit hours required for the Labor Studies degree, students must have a minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300 or 400 level. In addition, concentration requirements must be completed with a grade of C– or higher. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.