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Labor Studies and Employment Relations

This 12-credit certificate program is composed of a series of credit classes that can help you gain an understanding of workplace and employment issues from both the employee's and the employer's perspective.

The courses address many topics critical to this dynamic field, such as:

  • employment law

  • the changing role of unions

  • collective bargaining

  • growing workplace diversity

  • new methods of conflict resolution

Required Courses* (12 credits)

LER 100 (GS) Employment Relations (3 credits) Introductory analysis of the employment relationship and the interrelated interests of management, workers, unions, and the public.
LER 201 (GS) Employment Relationship: Law and Policy (3 credits) Examination of basic legal principles underlying the employment relationship, and their social, political, and economic bases.
Elective Courses (choose 6 credits)
CRIM (CLJ) 482 Seminar, Criminal Justice Agency Administration (3 credits) Relates organizational and public policy management approaches to police, courts, and correctional institutions. Prerequisite: CRIM (CLJ) 111
LER (WMNST) 136 (GI) Race, Gender, and Employment (3 credits) Industrial relations and legislative and policy responses to labor force issues of racial and gender inequality.

LER 434 Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration(3 credits) Theory, practice, and economic impact of collective bargaining, including administration of the collective bargaining agreement. Prerequisite: LER 100

LER 435 Labor Relations in the Public Sector (3 credits) Analysis of labor relations problems in different areas of public employment.  Prerequisite: 3 credits in labor and employment relations.

PSYCH 485 Leadership in Work Settings (3 credits) Review of research and application of behavior principles in the areas of management and supervision.  Prerequisite: PSYCH 281

*Students are required to complete any prerequisites as stated in the course description