Industrial and Labor Relations, B.A.

The Bachelor of Arts program in Industrial and Labor Relations recognizes that globalization of labor markets and production is rapidly changing the labor-management environment. Through a curriculum that required 90 credits of study in the arts and sciences, the program explores the history, contributions, and problems of working people and their institutions in contemporary society, as well as the theory and practice of various management methods and models, from scientific management to modern human resource management.

Foundation courses introduce students to the analytical tools of political science and economics that are useful in the specialized study of labor-management issues.

Core courses emphasize current labor-management and labor-government issues, including collective bargaining, grievance procedures, arbitration, labor and employment law, public policy, and labor economics. Electives allow students the opportunity to further explore labor-management issues from the perspectives of management, unions, history, economics, sociology, politics, law, and public health.

Careers and Graduate Education

Students are well prepared for careers in ILR, human resource management, business, unions, advocacy, and government agencies (e.g., Department of Labor). Students also pursue graduate studies in law, ILR, management, public administration, and similar fields. Our graduates currently are in leadership and high staff positions in HR departments, labor unions, and government agencies.