Jul 21, 2018  
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2013-2014 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Labor Studies Minor

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Labor Studies Committee

David Berger (Program Coordinator) Economics

Philip Cox Philosophy

John Fobanjong Political Science

Daniel Georgianna Economics

Everett Hoagland English

Betty Mitchell History

Penn Reeve Sociology and Anthropology

José A Soler Labor Education Center

Robert Waxler English

Advisor for the Minor and Certificate Program

David Berger Professor of Economics

A labor studies background can help students prepare for future studies in labor law and labor relations, offer an opportunity to work for labor organizations and advocacy groups, and provide experience in public policy matters including employment issues such as health care, privatization and new technology in the workplace.

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth offers both a minor and a certificate program.

The labor studies minor offers degree-seeking students an interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of work, workers and the institutions they create to advance their interests as citizens of the workplace, the community and the nation. Its primary goal is to focus the various humanistic perspectives derived from the liberal arts on the problems and conditions of labor in society. Consequently, it involves the study of labor history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, philosophy and literature. It seeks to convey to students an understanding of labor as a broad social force with a constructive role to play in the solution of national and community problems.

The minor in labor studies was created primarily to serve the needs of working adults with a high school diploma or its equivalency, who are interested in learning more about labor issues. The aim is to help people prepare for a career in labor relations, advance in their unions, learn how to handle new issues in their workplace or simply better understand the rich experience of workers and unions.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above and a 2.5 or higher GPA in their majors are invited to enter the labor studies minor. A course of study should be constructed around an integrating theme such as labor and socio-economic theory, race, class and gender; or labor and American thought.


The minor requires the completion of six courses (18 credits), of which three must be at the upper-division level. There are three required courses, and a student may choose three electives from the list of designated Labor Studies courses:

Total credits: 18


Additional Political Science courses may be available for credit in the Labor Studies minor. Please check the Course Listings booklets published by the Office of University Records.

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