Labor Studies Program

Social Justice at Work and in the Community!

The Labor Studies program offers UCLA undergraduates an opportunity to learn about the workplace and the social, political, and economic forces that influence it. The program places emphasis on the labor market, public policy, employment relations, unions, and working-class movements. It also explores issues of race, class, and gender in the workplace.

The program currently enrolls approximately 150 students and facilitates over 200 student placements annually. With a total of over 4,500 experiential learning hours this past academic year, students in our Labor Studies courses demonstrate their commitment to transforming their education and their communities.

By critically analyzing the theory and practice of current workplace issues, students develop a deeper understanding of the relationships between their education and society at large and how they, as college graduates, can transform the nature of work.  The program offers:

  • Labor Studies Courses provide students with high quality academic coursework and applied research skills around the current and future state of work in the US and abroad. For a complete list of courses offered this quarter, please visit the courses page.
  • Service-Learning opportunities offered through the Labor Studies program engage students with professionals, community activists, and the public to gain critical perspectives on the minor’s core subjects
  • Labor Studies 10 is an introductory course to enable students to analyze and engage the intersections of low-wage work in our communities and contemporary society.
  • The Labor Summer Research Internship Program is an applied research internship for students to develop research methodology skills within the context of a local organization.

Stay up-to-date with Labor Studies internships, campus and community events, and job opportunities.

Requirements

Labor Studies Major Requirements (Effective Fall 2019)

To be admitted to the Labor Studies major, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 with at least 12 units completed at UCLA, and must have completed all non-language Labor and Studies preparatory courses. Preparation courses can overlap for both majors, without any limitation.

Preparation for the Major (3 Courses)

Option 1:

  • Required Lower-Division Course: LBR STD 10 
  • 2 Elective Lower-Division Courses 

Select from: AF AMER 1, M5, ASIA AM 10, 20, 40, 50, CHICANO 10B, GENDER 10, GEOG 4, HIST 2B, 8B, 12A, 12B, 12C, HNRS 82, POL SCI 60, PUB PLC 10A, 10B, SOCIOL M5, 51, SPAN 44, and related courses (by petition).

Option 2: 

  • LBR ST M24A, M24B, M24C: GE Cluster on Work, Labor, and Social Justice 

Major Requirements (48 Units)

  • Required Core Course: LBR STD 101 (4 Units)
  • 4 Labor Studies Electives (16 Units)
  • 5 Elective Upper-Division Courses (20 units)

Select from: AF AMER CM113, M173, ASIA AM 113, M116, CHICANO M125, M127, M128, 129, ECON 150, 151, GENDER 102, M137E, M163, HIST 141B, 146A, 146B, 146C, M150C, LBR STD 100SL, M114C, M116, M117, M119, M121, M122, M123, M125, 126, M127, M128, M134SL, M136, 140, M144, M149, 152, M165, M166A/B/C, M167, 168, M170, M171, M172, M173, 174, M175, M176, 177, 179A/B, M180, 181, 182A/B/C, 187, 188, 189, 189HC, 191, 194A/B, 195A/B, 199, POL SCI 116A, M180A, PUB PLC 141 ,145, SOCIOL 157, M163, 171, 173, and related courses (by petition).

  • 2 Capstone Research and/or Service Learning/Internship Experiences (8 units)

Select from: LBR STD 100SL, 191, 194A, 194B, 195A, 195B, 199, and/or an approved internship through the Center for Community Learning.

A maximum of 20 upper division units (typically 5 courses) can overlap and be in common between two majors. This applies to major courses only, not preparation for the major courses.

Each major course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.

Transfer Students

Transfer applicants to the Labor Studies major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: one interdisciplinary labor history or one social structure and contemporary conditions course related to labor and/or social movements.

Labor Studies Minor Requirements

To be admitted to the Labor Studies Minor, students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and have completed 45 units.

Students must complete 28 units from the approved and/or related courses with no more than 8 units of lower division and no more than 8 units can be applied to a major and/or another minor:

  • 1 Required Core Course: LBR STD 101 (4 Units)

 (Note: Students who declared the Labor Studies Minor prior to Fall 2019, do not need to fulfill this required core course. It is optional.)

  • 6 Elective Courses (24 Units):

Select from: AF AMER CM113, M173, ASIA AM 113, M116, CHICANO M125, M127, M128, 129, ECON 150, 151, GENDER 102, M137E, M163, HIST 141B, 146A, 146B, 146C, M150C, LBR STD 100SL, M114C, M116, M117, M119, M121, M122, M123, M125, 126, M127, M128, M134SL, M136, 140, M144, M149, 152, M165, M166A/B/C, M167, 168, M170, M171, M172, M173, 174, M175, M176, 177, 179A/B, M180, 181, 182A/B/C, 187, 188, 189, 189HC, 191, 194A/B, 195A/B, 199, POL SCI 116A, M180A, PUB PLC 141 ,145, SOCIOL 157, M163, 171, 173, and related courses (by petition).

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each and an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better.