Labor Studies Certificate Program | UMSL

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The Labor Studies Certificate Program gives current and future union leaders, representatives and activists the background and skills needed to deal with the changing workplace and economy. 

With a grounding in history, political science, law and economics, students have the opportunity to develop skills of analysis, leadership and organizing that will provide an equal footing with counterparts in the corporate and political world.  Completion of the program earns 18 credit hours toward a degree and a Certificate in Labor Studies. 

Six three-hour courses are offered, two per semester, at convenient times and locations for working people.  Courses are offered through a statewide network as live, two-way interactive video.  At some classes, an instructor will be present in the classroom; at others, the instructor will be on another campus utilizing a two-way television hookup.  Students attend classes at the campus most convenient for them. 

All classes are participatory and take advantage of video technology to bring together students from across the state of Missouri to share experiences and discuss solutions to common problems. 

For more information on schedules, registration and fees, call Douglas Swanson, the UMSL Labor Studies Program Coordinator at 314-516-6698 or email him directly at