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Certificate in Labor Studies
The Certificate in Labor Studies is designed for individuals who want to study the social, political and cultural impact that the organization of work has on employees and their communities. The certificate offers students an understanding of work, workers and labor organizations.
The program provides students with skills and knowledge in the areas of labor history, politics, economics, and organizing. It helps prepare students for careers in union organizing, public policy, social action research and law.
The program is offered through CUNY SPS’s Joseph S. Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies.
New York Union Semester is a full-time semester-long program that combines rigorous academic study with first-hand experience within the labor movement. As interns, students learn how unions and labor organizations fight for workers’ rights and analyze the experience they gain in the field by studying the history of and current debates within the U.S. labor movement.
As part of the program, students receive a stipend of $7,000 to cover tuition and living expenses, while interning four days a week at a union or worker-rights organization. During the evenings and all day on Fridays, students take classes toward a Certificate or Advanced Certificate in Labor Studies. Learn more about Union Semester.
Candidates for admission to undergraduate level certificate programs must possess a high school diploma or a High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma from New York State (also known as TASC or GED).
Applications for Spring 2018 are due by December 18, 2017Apply Now