Labor studies is an interdisciplinary study of the nature and meaning of human work, the rights of workers, and the place of worker’s associations in an international context. The major and minor in labor studies draw on courses in the humanities, social sciences, business and education. Although labor studies is available as a stand-alone major, students are encouraged to pursue a second major or minor in a traditional field of study.
The labor studies program teaches students critical intellectual skills that will enable them to analyze social policy questions and help prepare them for careers in union organization and leadership, government service and dispute resolution. It also prepares students to pursue graduate and professional studies in fields such as labor management, law and human resources.
Labor studies is rooted in the Lasallian mission of “excellence in teaching, respect for individual dignity and commitment to social justice,” and in Manhattan College’s long tradition of teaching students from working-class families.