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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Minor in Global Labor Studies

Undergraduates enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign may apply for the minor in Global Labor Studies.

Through the Global Labor Studies online courses, students analyze issues facing workers and labor unions. Courses look at the interplay of class, gender, race and labor organizations in the workplace, economy and political arena from a multidisciplinary and global perspective.

Minor Requirements

A minor in Global Labor Studies requires 18 credit hours. A minimum grade point average of 2.75 is required for completion of the minor. All courses must be taken for a grade.

Hours Requirements
3 LER 100 Introduction to Labor Studies
3 LER 130 Introduction to Labor and Working Class History
6 Minimum of six hours from 300-level courses (choose from LER 300 Workers, Unions and Politics, LER 320 Gender, Race, Class and Work or LER 330 Comparative Labor Relations)
6 Minimum of six hours from courses that focus on international or comparative labor issues. ( LER 200 Globalization and Workers, and LER 330 Comparative Labor Relations and Union Movements)
18 Total required hours


How to Apply

The School of Labor and Employment accepts the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor as the official application form. Students must be in academic good standing (2.0 GPA or higher). Only students officially admitted by the School of Labor and Employment Studies may pursue the minor. Planning to pursue a Global Studies minor does not offer special registration privileges.

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