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Labor Studies courses are open for all IU campuses!
Indiana University has been a leader in labor education for over 60 years. Our credit courses are offered on nine Indiana University campuses and worldwide, via Internet classes. The faculty members of the Labor Studies Program bring academic expertise and valuable union experience to their instruction.
Labor Studies and Labor Education continues to pioneer innovative and quality educational opportunities in this field. The program caters to students with diverse backgrounds and educational needs – from adult learners to traditional students – in the areas of work, the workplace, organized labor, labor and social movements, the impact of global markets, and changing institutions.
The Department of Labor Studies prepares students to assume leadership roles in the workplace and in communities. The program is designed as an interdisciplinary major for college students and working adults seeking a university-level education.
- Provide credit and non-credit university-level education for current and future workers to increase knowledge, understanding, and critical thinking about work and labor organizations within today’s global context;
- Broaden access to the university for working-class and other underserved constituencies, providing opportunities for life-long learning and college degrees;
- Collect, systematize, and create new knowledge in collaboration with our students;
- Examine the global socio-economic system and the impact of its inequalities on working people;
- Promote respect for workers and understanding of working class histories, experiences, perspectives and knowledge;
- Empower our constituents to be engaged citizens and social and political agents of change who will create a more just and equitable world of work.
Labor Studies will be the leading, collaborative program in labor and work issues in interdisciplinary scholarship, education, training, and empowerment nationally and internationally.
Awards and Honors
The Department of Labor Studies has a Dean’s list to recognize student excellence.
- Labor Studies students with a semester GPA of 3.50 or better will be named to the Dean’s List.
- Only students taking a full course load in either the Fall or Spring semesters will be eligible.
- The Dean’s List will be announced twice a year.
Graduating With Honors
Each year, graduating students who rank in the upper 10 percent of their graduating class are recognized by graduating with Distinction (Highest, High, and With Distinction). These students are awarded specially colored "cords" which they wear attached to the shoulder of their graduation gowns during the commencement ceremony.
Labor Studies students are eligible for an array of scholarship opportunities. Please check the availability of these scholarships at the Scholarship office on your home campus.
Please check your respective campus for other academic awards.