Start your Labor Degree with Penn State
The School of Labor and Employment Relations, and the Department that preceded it, has offered education and training programs to union leaders and activists for more than 70 years. The school recognizes the important role that the labor movement plays in a democratic society, and understands that unions are most effective in representing the interests of their members if its activists and leaders are well-informed and knowledgeable about their roles.
Whether you are a labor activist, serve in a leadership role, or work as professional union staff, Penn State's online programs in labor and employment relations can help you improve your skills and expertise in this important field.
Choose a Bachelor's or Master's Degree
Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies and Employment Relations (123 credits)
This program is an excellent choice if you wish to enhance your credentials or advance your career in the labor movement.
The fully online Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations is a labor-oriented degree that draws on fields such as economics, psychology, sociology, history, and law to prepare labor activists, leaders, and professional staff to take on the many challenges facing today's American unions.
Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations (123 credits)
This program is an excellent choice if you wish to complete a set of core courses in union-relevant topics like labor law, collective bargaining, and dispute resolution, while also pursing a broader, liberal arts education.
Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations (33 credits)
This program is intended to meet the growing demand among people in the labor movement for a graduate degree that is relevant to their role as union activists, leaders, and professional staff. Students in the program take a capstone course that allows them to plan and carry out a project that can benefit their local or national union, labor council, worker advocacy group, or community.