The Murphy Institute

Labor Studies

Labor Studies draws from the traditions of political science, sociology, history, economics, law, and industrial relations to examine the world of work, workers and worker organizations. The Murphy Institute offers both a theoretical and a practical approach to the field. Options available to students interested in this field include:

MASTER'S DEGREE IN LABOR STUDIES

  • Examines the debates and issues facing working people and unions from an interdisciplinary perspective
  • Ideal for those interested in advocacy, non-profit, labor relations, research or social justice work

MA in Labor Studies (30 credits)

CERTIFICATES IN LABOR RELATIONS

  • Develop practical skills in the areas of collective bargaining, labor law and contract administration
  • Ideal for those seeking the practical knowledge, skills and resources needed to be effective practitioners in the field of labor and industrial relations

Graduate (12 credits); Undergraduate (16 credits)

CERTIFICATES IN LABOR STUDIES

  • Examine labor history, contemporary labor issues, and the cultural, political, and economic forces that affect workers and their organizations
  • Ideal for those seeking to gain a better understanding of the labor movement

Graduate (12-credits); Undergraduate (16 credits)

NEW YORK UNION SEMESTER

  • Offers academic courses and a 32 hour experiential internship opportunity
  • Ideal for undergraduates and college graduates interested in learning about organized labor in a challenging environment, both inside and outside the classroom
  • Partial scholarship and weekly stipend provided

Graduate (12-credits); Undergraduate (16 credits)