Online Minor in Labor Studies

Online Minor in Labor Studies

The online Minor in Labor Studies enables students to develop a greater understanding of the U.S. labor movement and workplace through historical, political, legal, economic, social, and organizational perspectives. Students become familiar with the concepts, vocabulary, and processes of alternative dispute resolution as applied in employment and labor relations.

To learn more, visit the Bureau of Labor Education website.


Core Courses

The following courses are required (6 credits):

  • LST 101: Introduction to Labor Studies (3 credits)
  • LST 201: Work and Labor in a Global Economy (3 credits)


Electives will consist of at least four courses (in at least two different disciplines) from the following list of courses, for a minimum of 12 credits.

Core Electives

Select two courses from the following (6 credits):

  • MGT 331: Labor-Management Relations (3 credits)
  • HTY 477*: The American Worker (3 credits)
  • SOC 201: Social Inequality (3 credits)
  • WGS 201: Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 credits)

*most strongly recommended elective

Other Electives

Select two courses from the following (6 credits):

  • ECO 120: Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
  • ECO 121: Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
  • HTY 241: History of Globalization, 1900-Present (3 credits)
  • HTY 330: Robber Barons, Reformers and Radicals 1877-1914 (3 credits)

Declaring a Minor

Minors are available to current degree-seeking undergraduate students at the University of Maine. Minors cannot be pursued by students enrolled in a certificate program. A minor cannot be awarded unless a degree is earned. Those interested in taking a Labor Studies course should check with the Bureau regarding when they will be offered and how to register: phone: 207.581.4124 or email:

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Have questions about earning your degree online with UMaine? Contact Tiffany PetersoAdult Learner Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist at 207.581.3151 or

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The Minor in Labor Studies provides important educational and professional development opportunities for students wishing to focus on labor studies; unorganized and organized employees in the public and private sectors; the staff and elected officers of labor organizations; educators, government officials, and public policymakers. Careers that are common with this field of study include: 

  • Diversity Specialist
  • Public Policy Advocate
  • Public Agency Staff
  • Union Organizer
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Immigration Advocate or Attorney
  • Human Resource Specialist

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