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The Department of History
Minor in Labor and Working Class Studies

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The Labor and Working Class Studies Minor provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to the study of labor and working class issues in an increasingly globalized economy. By drawing on the expertise of faculty from across the campus, this minor will enable students to approach the subject from a variety of intellectual and methodological traditions, providing a multifaceted understanding of labor and working class issues.

Requirements for the Minor: 28 units

A maximum of 12 units may be taken in any one discipline.

Required Course (4 units)

  • HIST 487: History of U.S. Work and Working People (4)

Electives (24 units)

8 Units should be chosen from each of the three areas.

Area 1: Labor and Working Class Issues in the United States

  • ECON 350: Economics of Poverty and Inequality in the U.S. (4)
  • HIST/CHS 460: The Chicano Movement (4)
  • HIST 476: Economic History of the United States (4)
  • HIST 480: Ethnicity and Immigration in American History (4)
  • HIST 482B: American Popular Culture from 1900 (4)
  • LBS 454: Special Topics (when on immigrant Los Angeles or labor/working class topics) (4)
  • PAS 402: Black Political Economy (4)
  • SW 454: Special Topics (when focus is on labor/working class topics) (4)
  • SOC 348: Class, Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (4)
  • SOC 448: Social Class and Inequality (4)

Area 2: Labor - Management Relations

  • ECON 430: Labor Economics (4)
  • ECON 472: Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining (4)
  • MGMT 307: Management and Organizational Behavior (4)
  • MGMT 473: Strategic Human Resources Management (4)
  • SOC 446: Sociology of Business Organizations (4)
  • SOC 447: Sociology of Occupations and Professions (4)

Area 3: International Perspectives on Labor and Working Class Issues

  • ANTH 432: Anthropology of Wealth and Power (4)
  • CHS 468: U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (4)
  • LAS/PAS/POLS 360: Dynamics of Social Change in the Third World (4)
  • LAS 425: Latin American Responses to Imperialism and Globalization (4)
  • LAS 470: Labor and Social Movements in the Americas (4)
  • HIST 360: Revolution and Society in the Developing World (4)
  • HIST 437: Social History of Europe (4) or HIST 438: Economic History of Europe (4)
  • POLS/ECON 426: International Political Economy (4)