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Labor-relevant, online Bachelors degrees

Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science Degrees in Labor and Employment Relations (Labor Studies Concentration)

Get a Labor-Relevant Bachelors Degree from Penn State University

Today’s union leaders and activists face significant and increasingly complex challenges.  More and more of these leaders and activists are seeking college degrees to better prepare themselves for these challenges.  Penn State has a labor-relevant degree program that provides union leaders with the flexibility to fit coursework into their busy schedules.  The program is:

--fully online so that students are not required to physically come to the University or any other location for classes;

--provides maximum flexibility by not requiring students to be online at any particular point in time;

--rigorous and requires the completion of weekly readings, assignments, and activities, but students can work on these whenever they have time during the week; 

--designed for people working full-time who are interested in taking classes part time.

Course work for the Bachelors degree with the Labor Studies Concentration

The B.A. and B.S. in Labor and Employment Relations (LER) degrees are offered by the School of Labor and Employment Relations at Penn State.  The School has worked with the labor movement on education and training programs since its founding in 1942.  The LABOR STUDIES CONCENTRATION within the bachelors program allows labor students to focus their coursework on issues of relevance and importance to them. Among the labor-related courses in the program are courses on Collective Bargaining; Labor and Employment Law; Workplace Dispute Resolution; Union Structure, Government, and Administration; Union Strategies for the 21st Century; and Public Sector Labor Relations. 

Most students do the degree on a part-time basis taking either one or two courses a semester.  Virtually all courses are offered every semester—fall, spring, and summer—so students can work toward the degree at their own pace.

Who should apply for the Bachelors degree, Labor Studies Concentration?

Anyone interested in learning about the positive and important role that unions play in the employment relations system and in our larger society.  The program is particularly relevant for elected union leaders, professional union staff, and volunteer union activists.  If applicants have college credit they wish to apply to the program, Penn State will evaluate that credit for transfer purposes. Applicants who are just starting to take college credits can be assured that all the courses necessary to earn a Penn State degree will be available online. 

Financial Aid

Financial aid, usually in the form of loans, is available to students who qualify.

For additional information on the Bachelors of Arts degree, please contact  or 800-252-3592 (toll free). 

Related Programs

  • Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and Employment Relations
  • Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies and Employment Relations

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