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Begin Date: Fall Semester 2007
End Date: Summer Session 2013

Labor Studies and Employment Relations - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (LERBS)
World Campus

PROFESSOR PAUL CLARK, Head

This major permits students to undertake a study of work and the employment relationship in the context of a liberal arts education. A broad foundation of theoretical and professional knowledge is provided through a multidisciplinary approach. The B.A. and B.S. degrees draw on the perspectives of disciplines such as industrial relations, economics, history, law, sociology, and psychology. This focus includes the nature and functions of the institutions involved in the employment relationship. The B.S. degree requires more course work in quantification than the B.A. degree.

Graduates of Labor Studies and Employment Relations are equipped for employment in business, government, and labor organizations as labor relations specialists, personnel and human resource specialists, researchers, organizers, consultants, and professionals in mediation and arbitration. The degree is also appropriate preparation for graduate study and law school.

For the B.S. degree in Labor Studies and Employment Relations, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

Per Senate Policy 83-80.5, the college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. For more information, check the Recommended Academic Plan for your intended program.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(6-10 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 21-26 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 62-63 credits[1]
(This includes 6-10 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GS courses; 0-4 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 36-37 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (16 credits)
(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.)
LER 100 GS(3), LER 312(4) (Sem: 3-8)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 315 GS(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13 credits)
(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.)
LER 201 GS(3) or LER 401(3) [law] (Sem: 3-8)
SCM 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-8)
LER 136 US(3) or WMNST 136 US(3) or LER 400 IL(3) (diversity) (Sem: 5-8)
LER 458Y US(3) or HIST 458Y US(3) or LER 414W(3) (analytical writing) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (33-34 credits)
(LER courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double-counted to satisfy this requirement. Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.)

Select 15-21 credits from appropriate LER courses, at least 9 at the 400 level (only 3 credits of LER 495 or 3 credits of LER 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12-19 credits in consultation with adviser from the department list, at least 6 at the 400 level, 3 each from 3 categories:
--a. ECON 342 GS(3), ECON 370 GS(3), ECON 412(3), ECON 436W US(3), ECON 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
--b. MGMT 100(3), MGMT 321(3), MGMT 331(3), MGMT 341(3), MGMT 424(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--c. PL SC 424(3), PL SC 471(3), PL SC 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)
--d. PSYCH 482(3), PSYCH 484(3), PSYCH 485(3) (Sem: 5-8)
--e. SOC 119 GS;US(4), SOC 409 US(3), SOC 444(3), SOC 455(3), SOC 456(3) (Sem: 3-8)
--f. ACCTG 211(4), CAS 352(3), H P A 460(3), HD FS 425 US(3), HIST 155 GH;US(3), PHIL(S T S) 407(3) (Sem: 5-8)

Integrated B.S. in Labor Studies and Employment Relations and M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations (LRHRER)

PROFESSOR PAUL F. CLARK, Head

The integrated LER B.S. and HRER M.S. is a five-year program designed for academically talented baccalaureate students to obtain both the B.S. and the M.S. degrees in LER and HRER with five years of study. Students will develop expertise in the human resources and labor relations fields beyond the B.S. degree. The undergraduate curriculum educates students about (1) the roles of employers, employees, employee organizations and public policy makers play in the employment relationship, (2) the complex personal and organizational issues inherent in the employment relationship (3) and how to systematically analyze those complex issues and evaluate research relevant to those analyses. The graduate curriculum provides for more individualized, focused learning in a concentrated sub-area of the HRER field. The program culminates with an M.S. research paper. Upon completion of the integrated degree, students will enter the workforce with advanced knowledge and expertise gained from conducting and analyzing empirical work and participating in seminar-style classes.

Bachelor of Science

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(10 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 18 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 98-99 credits
[12 credits may be double counted, 6 must be at the 500 level]

B.S. REQUIREMENTS: 62-63 credits
(This includes 10 credits of General Education courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 36-37 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (16 credits)
(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major)
LER 100 GS(3), LER 312(4) (Sem: 3-8)
ECON 102 GS(3), ECON 315 GS(3), PSYCH 281 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (13 credits)
(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major)
LER 201 GS(3) or LER 401(3) (Sem: 3-8)
SCM 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-8)
LER 136 US(3) or WMNST 136 US(3) or LER 400 IL(3) (Sem: 5-8)
LER 458Y US(3) or HIST 458Y US(3) or LER 414W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: (33-34 credits)

(LER courses that are used in the Additional Courses category may not be double counted to satisfy this requirement. Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.)

Select 15-21 credits from appropriate LER courses, at least 9 must be at the 400 level (only 3 credits of LER 495 or 3 credits of LER 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement) (Sem: 5-8)

Select 12-19 credits from the department list in consultation with an adviser, at least 6 credits must be at the 400 level, 3 each from 3 categories:

  1. ECON 342 GS(3), ECON 370 GS(3), ECON 412(3), ECON 436(3), ECON 445(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  2. MGMT 100(3), MGMT 321(3), MGMT 331(3), MGMT 341(3), MGMT 424(3) (Sem: 3-8)
  3. PL SC 424(3), PL SC 471(3), PL SC 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  4. PSYCH 482(3), PSYCH 484(3), PSYCH 485(3) (Sem: 5-8)
  5. SOC 119 GS;US(4), SOC 409 US(3), SOC 444(3), SOC 455(3), SOC 456(3) (Sem: 3-8)
  6. ACCTG 211(4), CAS 352(3), H P A 460(3), HD FS 425 US(3), HIST 155 GH(3), S T S 407(3) (Sem: 5-8)

M.S. REQUIREMENTS: 36 credits
[12 credits may be double counted, 6 must be at the 500 level]

PRESCRIBED COURSES: (21 credits)
HRER 501(3), HRER 502(3), HRER 504(3), HRER 505(3), HRER 512(3)*, HRER 513(3)**, HRER 516(3)
*or other statistics course approved in advance by graduate director
**or other methods course approved in advance by graduate director

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from the following list in consultation with adviser (only 6 credits may be at the 400 level).
LER 400 IL(3), LER 401(3), LER 414W(3), LER 424(3), LER 434(3), LER 435(3), LER 437(3), LER 444(3), LER 458Y US(3), LER 460(3), LER 465(3), LER 470(3), HRER 500(3), HRER 535(3), HRER 536(3), HRER 594(1-6), HRER 595(1-6), HRER 596(1-6), HRER 597(1-3), HRER 600(3-6)

Emphasis Courses (6 credits)
An emphasis is an area of study related to a particular aspect or domain of industrial relations and human resources. Select 6 credits from the M.S. prescribed or additional courses in consultation with their adviser.

Masters Research Paper or a Masters Thesis (6 credits)
Students must complete either a Masters Research Paper or a Masters Thesis. Students choosing the Thesis option must complete 6 thesis credits (HRER 600). These credits can be counted towards the 15 credits required from the M.S. Additional Courses section above.

HUMAN RESOURCES AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (HRER) course list
LABOR STUDIES AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS (LER) course list

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-06-463, IUG 35-06-464

Review Date: 4/10/07

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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