Labor Studies Office
100D Barnard Hall
Welcome to Labor Studies – an interdisciplinary program that explores all aspects of employment. Jobs are central to most people’s lives and our courses offer wide-ranging analysis of such crucial and controversial issues as: career building, job search and placement, legal rights at work, skills training, pay and benefits growth, occupational health and safety, work force diversity and inequality, immigration, trade unions, labor-management relations, and government employment and safety net programs.
What can you do with a Labor Studies education after graduation? Job-seeking graduates invariably find this training a great asset for a wide range of careers in:
- Business (Particularly Human Resources)
- Forensic Economics
- Higher Education
- Labor & Employment Law
- Labor Unions
- Mediation & Arbitration
- Personal Injury Law
- Policy Research
- Public Relations
- Social Justice Organizations
A Labor Studies education also prepares students for graduate programs in Labor and Industrial Relations and in related areas of Business, Economics, Education, Journalism, Law, Media, Public Administration, and the Social Sciences.
Students in the program benefit from the rich teaching and research experience of our faculty drawn from business, economics, history, law, psychology, sociology and other disciplines. Each year our faculty and students organize an exciting array of on-campus speakers, films and other events. We also offer students the rare opportunity to publish their original research papers in our own highly respected academic journal, Regional Labor Review.
Students can choose from pursuing a B.A. degree or a minor in Labor Studies through the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, or a Certificate in Labor Studies through Hofstra’s Continuing Education. Qualified undergraduate students may also now enroll in a dual-degree program, earning both an undergraduate bachelor’s degree in Labor Studies (B.A.) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) – in as few as 5 years. The curriculum is designed to offer students a broad background in the multiple perspectives on and different analytical approaches to major employment issues in an international context. The program coordinates courses from departments throughout the university, and includes opportunities to earn course credits through independent coursework and internships with business firms, nonprofit agencies, and labor unions.
The Labor Studies faculty and staff invite you to learn more about why Labor Studies is such an interesting, informative, and rewarding course of study and career path.