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Online Associate in Science in Labor and Employment Relations (LER)

Earn a degree that can help you qualify for a career in labor, employment relations, and human resources in business, government, or labor organizations. With this online program you can acquire the skills and knowledge to succeed in roles such as an assistant in labor relations, human resources, or payroll services. An A.S. degree in LER can give you the ability to work in a broad range of positions, including:

  • human resource administrator
  • labor relations administrator
  • union representative or organizer
  • human resource assistant
  • labor relations assistant
  • payroll specialist

You can also use this degree to step up to the B.A. or B.S. in Labor and Employment Relations, or another bachelor's degree in social science or business, if you choose to apply and are accepted into the program.

The Penn State Difference

In this program, you will have the opportunity to study with highly regarded faculty from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts, one of the premier institutions in the world to study and work in the liberal arts disciplines.

This online program is offered in partnership with Penn State's School of Labor and Employment Relations; you can learn from the same renowned faculty who teach on campus, ensuring that you will receive a high-quality education. All courses offered for this degree have been developed using Penn State Quality Assurance standards established by the University. 

Associate in LER Curriculum

The curriculum in this program can provide you with an introductory foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge through a multidisciplinary approach. The degree draws on the perspectives of such disciplines as employment relations, human resources, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology.