Curriculum

The Master degree in Labor Studies requires 36 credits. This includes required courses and electives. 

Required courses include (4 credits each):

  • Labor Law
  • U.S. Labor History
  • Labor in the U.S. Economy
  • Labor Research
  • Organizing
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Capstone

Two Special Topics courses are also required and are offered with consideratio to interests of the cohort. Special Topics taught in Labor Studies include (4 credits each):

  • Pan-African Political Economies
  • Comparative Labor Movements
  • Issues and Debates in the Contemporary Labor Movement
  • Work and the Labor Process
  • Working Class and Union Culture
  • Race, Gender, Immigration, and Labor
  • Labor and Globalization
  • Labor and Community
  • Women and Work
  • Labor and Politics
  • Labor and Film 

Students complete 8 courses (32 credits) during four ten-day residencies held during January and July on the UMass Amherst Campus. Four additional credits are earned by completing a Capstone paper with no campus residency required.