Bachelor of Arts in Employment and Labor Relations (BAELR)

The employment and labor relations major provides students with the opportunity to develop the critical skills necessary to analyze employment and workplace issues. An interdepartmental program, this major examines the social, political, and economic dimensions of these issues in the context of a broad liberal arts education. Students become familiar with employment and labor law, human resource management, compensation and benefits, and techniques associated with the resolution of conflict in the workplace.


Depending on experience and academic preparation, students can be admitted with a high school diploma, a General Equivalency Diploma (G.E.D.) or by transferring from a community college or university.

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Degree requirements

Candidates for the bachelor's degree must complete 120 credits of coursework, including 32 credits of coursework toward the employment and labor relations major, and the university general education and group requirements. 20 credits are required core courses in employment and labor relations, political science, psychology and history. Students also complete 12 credits of related coursework selected in consultation with the program advisor.

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Transfer of credit

In most cases, credit earned at a community college and other colleges and universities are transferable to the employment and labor relations degree program. This includes related courses offered by area community colleges.

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