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The Bachelor of Arts degree in Labor Studies equips students with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary workplace issues, including employee rights, people management in corporate, governmental, or community settings, and the role of unions in representing employees. This program not only prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce but also provides a strong foundation for further academic pursuits. Graduates can pursue advanced studies such as the MA in Labor Studies or consider career paths in law, human resources, or labor relations by obtaining a professional master’s degree.

Our innovative Labor Studies undergraduate certificates are designed to cater to adult learners, offering flexible on-campus and off-campus options at union offices. Whether you’re seeking a seamless transition to a bachelor’s degree program or aiming to gain a valuable credential for career advancement, union involvement, social justice advocacy, or career change, our programs are tailored to meet your needs.

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Labor Studies Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies

Through B.A. in Labor Studies students gain a deep understanding of contemporary labor issues. The program builds critical thinking, analytical, and leadership skills so that students become more effective advocates for workers’ rights and social justice.

The CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies vision derives from its core values: access to education, diversity at every level, social justice, and equality for all.

Certificate in Labor Studies

The program provides students with skills and knowledge in the areas of labor history, politics, economics, and organizing. It helps prepare students for careers in union organizing, public policy, social action research and law.

Certificate in Labor Relations

The certificate provides students with practical knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to navigate their workplaces and to be effective practitioners in the field of labor and industrial relations.

Student Financial Support

of undergraduate students have their entire tuition covered by debtfree grants, scholarships, and waivers

 of CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies undergraduate students earn their degrees debt free

of undergraduate students have at least half of their tuition covered by debt-free grants, scholarships, and waivers