In addition to a B.A. and a B.S. in Labor and Employment Relations (LER), the School of Labor and Employment Relations offers a Minor in LER to students majoring in other Departments.
The LER Minor provides students a broad background to the issues of work, employment, and the employment relationship. Because college graduates will either enter the workforce as employees, employers, or managers of employees, a minor in LER has relevance to virtually any major offered at Penn State. It is a particularly useful addition to the courses of study undertaken by management, psychology, economics, sociology, geography, health policy and administration, turfgrass, IST, journalism, and the various engineering, architecture, and education majors.
The minor requirements include 18 credits; 9-12 of these credits must be in LER; 6-9 credits can be in designated courses in other social sciences (for more information on the requirements for the minor see the checklist. Six of the 18 credits must be at the 400 level.
For more information or to sign up for the minor, please see Katelyn Perry during office hours in 003 Keller Bldg. Schedule an appointment on-line.
Dispute Management and Resolution Minor:
This interdisciplinary minor administered by the Departments of Communication Arts and Sciences and Labor Studies and Industrial Relations provides students with the opportunity to learn about, and develop skills appropriate to, the management and resolution of problems created by difference in attitudes, beliefs, values, and behavioral preferences of individuals primarily in interpersonal, group, and organizational contexts, and, to a lesser extent, international contexts. The minor is supportive of, and complementary to, work emphasizing conflict and means for dealing with it in such majors as Administration of Justice, Communication Arts and Sciences, Human Development and Family Studies, Labor and Industrial Relations, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. Students pursuing the minor must complete nine credits of prescribed course work and nine credits of additional course work distributed across at least two of the eight areas identified below. Of the 18 credits selected, at least nine must be at the 400 level, six must be from Communication Arts and Sciences, and six must be from Labor and Industrial Relations. A maximum of six credits earned in the minor, if appropriate, can be used to satisfy requirements in the Communication Arts and Sciences or Labor and Industrial Relations majors. Only courses in which the student earns a grade of C or better may be counted toward fulfillment of requirements for the minor.
Students can declare an Interdisciplinary Minor in Dispute Management Resolution in eLion as long as they have declared a major.
The joint minor in Information Sciences and Technology for Labor and Employment Relations (ISLER) is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop working knowledge of information technology, labor and employment relations, and their interdisciplinary synergies. The joint minor is designed to prepare students for professional careers in human resource management, labor relations, information systems, software development, consulting, and government. A one-time tuition surcharge will be applied to all students enrolled in the minor. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.
Students can declare the IST for Labor and Employment Relations minor in eLion as long as they have declared a major.