Labor Studies and Employment Relations

Do you know your rights at work – for instance, when you can and cannot legally be fired?  Could you be a good team member or manager?  Negotiate for higher pay, resolve conflict, or challenge authority successfully?  Help build an organization that includes everyone in our diverse society?  Start now to build a professional career helping employees.


 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this: 

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

At a Glance

Labor Studies

Undergraduate Advisors
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Programs Offered:
Major in Labor Studies and Employment Relations
Minor in Minor in Labor Studies
Minor Labor Studies – Diversity in the Workplace
Minor Labor Studies – Work, Globalization, & Migration
Minor Labor Studies – Law and the Workplace
Minor Labor Studies – Work Organization & Management
Minor Labor Studies – Labor Unions & Social Movements

Joint and Dual Degree Programs:
5-year Joint Bachelors/Master's Program

Cook Campus

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