The Labor Studies Department offers two minors.

Choose 9 credits from the following:

  • LSTU-L 314   Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace (3 cr.) 
    This courses explores the ethical decision-making and behavior in a unionized workplace, based on the values and social justice mission of unions. Students will examine what constitutes ethical standards on issues such as affirmative action, transparency, membership involvement, and democratic procedures. This includes the philosophical and theoretical bases for ethics and discussions on the relationship between law and ethics in dealing with workplace conflict.
  • LSTU-L 315   The Organization of Work (3 cr.) 
    This course examines how work is organized and how jobs are evaluated, measured, and controlled. It explores social and technical elements of work through theories of scientific management, the human relations school of management, and contemporary labor process literature.
  • LSTU-L 380   Theories of the Labor Movement (3 cr.) 
    This course examines various perspectives on the origin, development, and goals of organized labor. Theories include those that view the labor movement as a business union institution, an agent for social reform, a revolutionary force, a psychological reaction to industrialization, a moral force, and an unnecessary intrusion.
  • LSTU-L 385   Class, Race, Gender, and Work (3 cr.) 
    This course provides a historical overview of the impact and interplay of class, race, and gender on shaping U.S. labor markets, organizations, and policies. It examines union responses and strategies for addressing class, race, and gender issues.
  • LSTU-L 390   Strikes: Labor Revolt in America (1 cr.) 
    Most people in society face a common problem: they must work for someone else to make a living. The best hours of their lives are spent in meeting their employers’ requirements. The results of their labors may sometimes correspond to their own social needs—but their work is just as likely to destroy their own social and natural environment, make their work-time still more onerous, and increase their subordination. This creates continuous conflict between workers, on the one hand, and employers and those who support them, on the other. At times over the course of U.S. history, that struggle has resulted in visible, violent, and dramatic labor strikes. This course looks at a few of those strikes of ordinary American working people during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will examine the events in historical context, analyze how they have been remembered in poetry, painting, and song, and connect their meaning to more current movements for economic and cultural justice.
  • LSTU-L 480   Senior Seminar or Readings (3 cr.) 
    This course can be used as a classroom seminar or directed reading course. It addresses current issues, historical developments, and other labor-related concerns. Topics may vary each semester.

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