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The Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies offers higher education programs for working adults and union members, and serves as a resource center to labor, academic, and community leaders seeking a deeper understanding of labor and urban issues.
The Institute provides higher education programs in three general categories.
Labor Studies: undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs, examining the world of work, workers, and worker organizations.
Urban Studies: undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs examining urban problems and the policies and practices designed to address those problems.
Workforce Development/Union Specific: opportunities for workers to enroll in occupationally oriented academic programs offered in collaboration with colleges throughout the CUNY system.
The Murphy Institute also offers the New York Union Semester, a full-time intensive academic and internship program.
The Institute conducts research, organizes forums and conferences, offers leadership development programs, and publishes a national journal, New Labor Forum.