To provide context for the area of study guidelines for area of study Labor Studies.
Area of Study Guidelines: This set of guidelines helps students plan their degree plans by spelling out what the academic world and many employers understand a particular concentration to mean. The guidelines are found in many academic publications.
Disciplinary — A program of study guided by the existing framework of a discipline.
Interdisciplinary — The simultaneous and interrelated study of two or more disciplines.
Problem Oriented — A program of study organized around a problem.
Professional/Vocational — A study which focuses on acquiring knowledge and skills needed for specific career performance and applications. It also entails inquiry into the conceptual foundations of the profession, the role of the professional in that career, and the relations between the profession and society at large.
Thematic — A program of study focusing on a particular theme or set of ideas.
Labor Studies comprises an examination of work, workers and worker organizations both historically and in a contemporary context.
Labor Studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws upon the methodologies and subject matter of the social sciences and humanities. Scholars in other interdisciplinary fields, such as American studies, women’s studies and African-American studies, have also helped to define Labor Studies methodologically.
Concentrations in Labor Studies generally include studies that focus on aspects of history, sociology, economics and politics pertinent to labor. In addition, Labor Studies students should be able to express their ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, and should be capable of undertaking research in relevant areas.
While Labor Studies degree programs will vary in focus and approach, they should include exposure to:
A variety of degree designs can correspond to the guidelines. While no individual degree program need include all of the following, Labor Studiesstudents consider such topics as:
NOTE: The Labor Studies area of study is offered only in New York City and through online study.
Introduction to the Area of Study Guidelines