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Labor Studies, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Gary, IN, United States
Labor Studies is an interdisciplinary field that deals with work, the workplace, workers and their organizations. It draws from the fields of History, Economics, Industrial Relations, Political Science, Law, Sociology, Communication, and Philosophy, as well as other disciplines.
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 As an academic discipline, Labor Studies educates workers and future workers to strengthen the labor movement and provide a richer understanding of its functions in society.

The Department of Labor Studies enables participants to serve more effectively as members and leaders in their organizations. Participants can also gain a sense of the past and present contexts of work and unionism. Because labor leaders need to be familiar with economics, communications, labor law, social factors and other subjects, Labor Studies can assist in mastering a broad range of learning. Our faculty offer the essential tools for the advancement of trade unionism with the view that working people’s efforts to achieve workplace equity is central to the development of our nation and, indeed, the world.

Indiana University has been a leader in labor education for over 60 years and continues to pioneer innovative and quality educational opportunities in this field. Our credit courses are offered on all nine Indiana University campuses and worldwide, via online courses. The faculty members of the Department of Labor Studies bring academic expertise and valuable union experience to their instruction.

The mission of the Department of Labor Studies is to:

  • 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.

The vision of the Department of Labor Studies states:

  • Indiana University Labor Studies will be the leading, collaborative program in labor and work issues in interdisciplinary scholarship, education, training, and empowerment nationally and internationally.

It is within the parameters of this mission that we devote our energies to excel in education, research, and service. We offer our online and face-to-face courses for the Certificate, Associate, and Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degrees. Also, students can earn a Minor in Labor Studies.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in labor studies are as follows:

  • Arts and humanities (12 cr.) Required: ENG W131 and one additional writing course (3 cr.)
  • Social and behavioral sciences (12 cr.)
  • Science and mathematics (15 cr.) Required: one economics course (L230 Labor and the Economy will meet this requirement) and one course in computer science
  • A minimum of 12 additional credit hours in one of the above areas (12 cr.)
  • A minimum of 42 credit hours in labor studies courses; five must be core courses (42 cr).
  • Electives, including additional labor studies courses (27 cr.)

Total credit hours required for the degree program (120 cr.)

The credit hours required in each of the above areas must be distributed over at least two of the subject fields in each area.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

All students who are interested in IU need to be aware of the high school prerequisites before applying to IU. Applicants should complete at least 34 credits (or semesters) of college-preparatory courses, advanced placement courses, and/or college courses in high school. We focus mainly on the academic performance and preparation of the applicant throughout high school.

You can share standards, but only Admissions staff members can assess a student’s admissibility. Though we will consider additional factors, our admissions decisions are primarily based on academics.

  • Class rank
  • Academic program
  • Grade trends
  • Personal statements
  • Essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • SAT or ACT are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    614 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 614 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    220 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 220 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Gary

  • 956 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

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