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Certificate

Labor Studies

Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs

Overview

Labor Studies is the examination of issues that people confront in their pursuit for a rewarding employment. The focus of inquiry is on workers as individuals, as members and/or leaders in their unions or associations, and as citizens of their communities. The certificate enhances interdisciplinary connections among Business, Criminology, Education, Human Resources Management, International Relations, Labor Studies, Law, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, Women’s and Gender Studies, and complements studies in other areas.

If you are interested in pursuing this certificate, contact us today.

Why Apply?

The Certificate in Labor Studies is an 18 credit course of study designed to offer degree-seeking students from a wide range of backgrounds an understanding of the major issues in the field. Courses must be taken from at least two disciplines other than Labor Studies. The Certificate is also appropriate for students who already have a degree and would like to acquire additional knowledge about various facets of the field of Labor Studies within the global work environment. Labor Studies as a discipline acknowledges insights which have emerged from decades of university-union cooperation in labor education and fulfills an academic need to study labor affairs apart from the traditional framework of industrial relations.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a better understanding of the prevailing labor market conditions in the U.S. and abroad
  • Understand contemporary issues of social justice in the U.S. and abroad and suggest solutions
  • Discuss the implications of globalization in the U.S. and abroad
  • Analyze the role of immigration and the immigrant experience in the U.S.
  • Identify the role of labor unions and social movements
  • Examine the impact of large retailers and other consumer-oriented industries in determining historical and current conditions in the workplace
  • Discuss the relationship between low-income workers  within  the context of the larger American society
  • Investigate regional income and job disparities in the U.S. and the use of government subsidies to business to lure investment
  • Scrutinize issues of modern American slavery and its relationships with inequality and globalization

Courses

Students are required to take 18 credit hours (6 courses) of course work outlined below. Four of the six courses must be within the LBS designation.

Two Required Core Courses (6 credits)

  • LBS 3001 Introduction to Labor Studies
  • LBS 4654 Comparative and International Labor Studies

Two Labor Studies Courses (6 credits)

  • LBS 3943 Internship in Labor Studies
  • LBS 4101 Theories of the Labor Movement
  • LBS 4154 Workers and Diversity
  • LBS 4210 Women and Work
  • LBS 4501 Labor Law
  • LBS 4900 Directed Study in Labor Studies

Two Related Electives (6 credits)

Two related courses may be accepted (or from the above list) pending the Academic Programs Coordinator’s approval: dbarata@fiu.edu

Requirements

18 undergraduate credits (six 3 credit undergraduate level courses) are required to complete the program.

Who should apply to this program?

  • Students currently enrolled in a FIU Bachelor’s degree program
  • Students with a Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university may enroll as a non-degree seeking student and complete the undergraduate certificates.

Tuition & Aid

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour
    (Tuition includes Financial Aid Fee of $5.25 per credit hour.)
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSE
9 CREDITS
4 COURSE
12 CREDITS
TOTAL COST: 
$647.83
TOTAL COST: 
$1,295.64
TOTAL COST: 
$1,943.46
TOTAL COST: 
$2591.28

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour
    (Tuition includes Financial Aid Fee of $5.25 per credit hour and Out of State Financial Aid fee of $5.57 per credit hour.)
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSE
9 CREDITS
4 COURSE
12 CREDITS
TOTAL COST: 
$999
TOTAL COST: 
$1,998
TOTAL COST: 
$2,997
TOTAL COST: 
$3,996

*Total tuition and fees are estimates. Other costs such as lab fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

@ A Glance


18Credits Required

$21594/ $33300
In-stateOut-of-state
Tuition per Credit
  • Fully online certificate