Certificate in Labor Studies


About the Certificate in Labor Studies

The Certificate in Labor Studies is an 18 credit course of study designed to offer degree-seeking students from a wide range of backgrounds an understanding of the major issues in the field. The Certificate is also appropriate for students who already have a degree and would like to acquire additional knowledge about various facets of the field of Labor Studies within the global work environment. This certificate is a stand alone program that can be completed simultaneously by degree-seeking students pursuing a bachelor's degree or non-degree seeking students who hold a bachelor's degree.

Labor Studies is the examination of issues that people confront in their pursuit for a rewarding employment. The focus of inquiry is on workers as individuals, as members and/or leaders in their unions or associations, and as citizens of their communities. The Certificate in Labor Studies enhance interdisciplinary connections among Business, Criminology, Education, Human Resources Management, International Relations, Labor Studies, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and complements studies in other areas.

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required for all courses. (C- is not acceptable).

Certificate Requirements

Students are required to take 18 credit hours (6 courses) of course work outlined below.

Two Required Core Courses: (6 credits)

LBS 3001 Labor and Globalization - GL
LBS 4654 Comparative and International Labor Studies - GL (capstone course)

Two Labor Studies Courses: (6 credits)

LBS 3943 Internship in Labor Studies
LBS 4101 Theories of the Labor Movement
LBS 4150 Contemporary Labor Issues
LBS 4154 Workers and Diversity - GL
LBS 4210 Women and Work - GL
LBS 4401 Labor Contract Negotiations
LBS 4501 Labor Law
LBS 4610 Cross Cultural Dimensions of Latin American Labor Relations - GL
LBS 4900 Directed Study in Labor Studies
LBS 4930 Topics in Labor Studies

Two Related Electives: (6 credits)

Consult with the Labor Center Program Coordinator for approved electives.

GL : Global Learning Course

For additional information, please contact Johanna Hodgson, Program Coordinator at hodgsonj@fiu.edu or 305- 348- 2371