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Program Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies provides students with an opportunity to develop skills of analysis, leadership and organizing that will provide an equal footing with counterparts in the corporate and political world. Grounded in history, political science, law and economics, courses are jointly taught by faculty at UMSL as well as the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Coursework is covered from the perspective of the worker and includes a wide range of issues facing workers today as well as some of the history of work in the United States.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Labor Studies is comprised of 18 hours of 100% online coursework making it ideal for both full time students and working professionals. The curriculum consists of six courses, two of which are offered each semester, allowing students to complete the program in as little as three semesters.

Required Courses

POL SCI 1450 Introduction to Labor Studies 3
HIST 2219 United States Labor History 3
POL SCI 3470 Collective Bargaining 3
POL SCI 3220 Labor Law 3
POL SCI 3430 Union Leadership and Administration 3
POL SCI 3890 Labor: Power, Policy and the Global Political Economy 3

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What UMSL Arts & Sciences has to offer

The College of Arts and Sciences at UMSL creates the next poets, conservation biologists, symphony soloists, psychological scientists, historians, criminologists, chemists, sculptors, painters, communicators, space explorers and speakers of French, German, Japanese and Spanish. With nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, 800 graduate students and 450 faculty, it’s the largest college and academic backbone of the university.

Supporting the university’s mission, the college provides a diverse student body access to an affordable, quality education with expert faculty. A strong focus on research and scholarship has students exploring the latest thought and theory, while giving them access to ground-breaking studies through undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. Emphasis on the arts and sciences working in communion leads to graduates with a holistic understanding of their fields, creating the best scholars for academia and professionals for the world.

The College of Arts and Sciences consists of some 275 full-time faculty members in 18 departments and is home to the School of Fine and Performing Arts. The college offers a wide range of degree programs in areas such as Anthropology, Art and Design, Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Biology, Chemistry, Communication and Media, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Languages and Cultural Studies, History, Mathematics and Computer Science, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Psychological Sciences, Sociology, and Theatre and Cinema Arts.

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