The Union Leadership and Activism (ULA) programs are innovative, limited-residency tracks for our Master’s degree in Labor Studies. Join other labor leaders, staff and activists in camaraderie and solidarity to explore the labor movement — where we’ve been, where we are today, and where we need to be.
Rank-and-file activists, union officers, staff, political activists, worker center employees, and community organizers who have jobs. Basically, if you're deeply committed to the labor movement or an adjacent field, this program might be right for you.
Courses are offered during ten-day residencies in January and July. (Information for Educators)
During each residency, participants take two (2) four-credit courses: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Students complete writing assignments upon returning home. The degree can be completed in 2.5 years.
Students must attend four residencies to complete the program and earn their Master’s degree. The course syllabi, a list of required books, and links to electronic copies of readings are sent to students in advance of each residency.
The skills you need to become a more powerful organzier and strategist.
The theory to deeply inform your goals and methods.
The political understanding to leverage power successfully and get big wins.
Our curriculum provides an important grounding in the economic, political, and legal thinking as we interrogate issues around race, immigration, gender and the working class in a global economy. Our faculty are respected scholars with union experience that allows them to create courses that are both academically strong and practically based.
Many unions cover some or all of the costs of attending the ULA program and a limited number of scholarships may be available.