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Labor and Industrial Relations (LIRBS) - ARCHIVE

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Begin Date: Fall Semester 1997
End Date: Summer Session 2006

Labor and Industrial Relations - ARCHIVE

University Park, College of the Liberal Arts (LIRBS)

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 and industrial 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 and Industrial Relations, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

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 front of 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 course; 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.)
L I R 100 GS(3), L I R 212(4) (Sem: 3-8)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 315 GS(3), PSY 231 GS(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13 credits)
(Some courses in this category have prerequisites that are not included in the major.)
L I R 201 GS(3) or L I R 401(3) [law] (Sem: 3-8)
MS&IS 200(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-8)
L I R136 US(3) or WMNST 136 US(3) or L I R 400(3) (diversity) (Sem: 5-8)
L I R 458W(3) or HIST 458W(3) or L I R 414W(3) (analytical writing) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (33-34 credits)
(L I R 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 L I R courses, at least 9 at the 400 level (only 3 credits of L I R 495 or 3 credits of L I R 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 436 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 451(3), PL SC 471(3), PL SC 473(3), PL SC 474(3) (Sem: 5-8)
--d. PSY 441(3), PSY 451(3), PSY 461(3) (Sem: 5-8)
--e. SOC 119 GS;US(4), SOC 409 GS;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(3), HIST 155 GH;US(3), PHIL(S T S) 407(3) (Sem: 5-8)

[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 1997

Blue Sheet Item #: 25-07-024A

Review Date: 3/2/04

LA (Added New Integrated B.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations and M.S. in Industrial Relations and Human Resources (LRIRHR).

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