Labor and Human Resources, B.S.

Program Code: LHRBS_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

World Campus

Direct Admission to the Major

Incoming first-year students who meet the program admission requirements are admitted directly into the major. Admission restrictions may apply for change-of-major and/or change-of-campus students.

For more information about the admission process for this major, please send a request to the college, campus, or program contact (listed in the Contact tab).

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Labor and Human Resources, a minimum of 123 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 23-27
Requirements for the Major 61-62

7-10 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 3-6 credits of GS courses; 4 credits of GQ courses.

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.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

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. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

Some courses have prerequisites that are not included in the major.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the major. To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn at least a C grade in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
LER 100Introduction to Labor and Human Resources Keystone/General Education Course3
LER 201Employment Relationship: Law and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
LER 304Labor and Employment Relations Fundamentals3
LER 305Human Resources Fundamentals Keystone/General Education Course3
LER 312Employment Relations to Research Methods in Labor and Employment Relations3
LER 460Ethics in the Workplace3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ECON 14Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
LER 202Understanding Employee Behavior Keystone/General Education Course3
or PSYCH 281 Introduction to Industrial-Organizational Psychology Keystone/General Education Course
SCM 200Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course4
or STAT 200 Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
LER/WMNST 136WRace, Gender, and Employment Keystone/General Education Course3
or LER 458Y History of Work in America
Requirements for the Option
Requirements for the Option: Require a grade of C or better
Select an option30-31

Requirements for the Option

Human Resources Option (30-31 Credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park, World Campus

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
LER 403International Human Resource Studies3
LER 426Staffing and Training Strategies in Organizations3
LER 427Organizational Context for Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Professionals3
LER 428Total Rewards3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 9 credits from any 400-level LER courses (only 3 credits of LA 495 or LA 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement)9
Select 9-10 credits from the following list in consultation with an adviser:9-10
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
AFAM 100
AFAM 110
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Legal Environment of Business
Interpersonal Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Industrial Organization Keystone/General Education Course
American Business History Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Management
Basic Management Concepts
Leadership and Motivation
Introduction to Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
Sociology of Gender Keystone/General Education Course
SOC 119
Any 400-level AFAM, CAS, ECON, HIST, LTNST, MGMT, PHIL, PSYCH, SPAN, SOC, WMNST course
Labor and Employment Relations Option (30-31 Credits)

Available at the following campuses: University Park, World Campus

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
LER 400Comparative Employment Relations Systems3
LER 401The Law of Labor-Management Relations3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from the following:6
Total Rewards
Advanced Collective Bargaining and Contract Administration
Labor Relations in the Public Sector
Workplace Dispute Resolution
Workplace Safety and Health: Principles and Practices
Collective Bargaining in Professional Sports
LER 466
LER 468
Work-Life Practices and Policies
LER 475
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits from any 400-level LER courses (only 3 credits of LA 495 or LA 496 may be used to satisfy this requirement)6
Select 12-13 credits from the following list in consultation with an adviser:12-13
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
AFAM 100
AFAM 110
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Legal Environment of Business
Interpersonal Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Keystone/General Education Course
Industrial Organization Keystone/General Education Course
American Business History Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Management
Basic Management Concepts
Leadership and Motivation
Introduction to Leadership Keystone/General Education Course
Leadership Development: A Life-Long Learning Perspective
Communication Skills for Leaders in Groups and Organizations
Collective Decision Making
Racism and Sexism Keystone/General Education Course
Sociology of Gender Keystone/General Education Course
SOC 119
Any 400-level AFAM, CAS, ECON, HIST, LTNST, MGMT, PHIL, PSYCH, SPAN, SOC, WMNST course

Integrated B.S. in Labor and Human Resources and M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Labor and Human Resources and M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Integrated B.S. in Labor and Human Resources and M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations

Available at the following campuses: World Campus

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Labor and Human Resources and M.P.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Human Resources Option: Labor and Human Resources, B.S. at University Park Campus and World Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or 137H3CAS 100, 138T, or ENGL 138T3
General Education Course (GA)3LER 100*3
General Education Course (GS) (PSYCH 100 Suggested)3PSYCH 281 or LER 202*†3
General Education Course (GN)3ECON 14, 102, or 104 (GS)*†3
First Year Seminar (GH)3General Education Quantification Course (GQ)3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Quantification Course (STAT 200 or SCM 200) (GQ)4General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GA)3General Education Course (GH)3
Supporting Course*3LER 312*3
LER 201*3LER 305*3
Elective3Supporting Course*3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3LER 4XX - Prescribed HR Option Course*13
LER 304*3LER 4XX*3
LER 4XX - Prescribed HR Option Course*13Supporting Course*3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LER 460*3AFAM 136, LER 136, WMNST 136, HIST 458Y, or LER 458Y*3
LER 4XX - Prescribed HR Option Course*13LER 4XX*3
LER 4XX - Prescribed HR Option Course*13Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective2
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 15.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Labor and Employment Relations Option: Labor and Human Resources, B.S. at  University Park Campus and World Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or 137H3CAS 100, 138T, or ENGL 138T3
General Education Course (GA)3LER 100*3
General Education Course (GS) (PSYCH 100 Suggested)3PSYCH 281 or LER 202*†3
General Education Course (GN)3ECON 14, 102, or 104 (GS)*†3
First Year Seminar (GH)3General Education Quantification Course (GQ)3
 15 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
General Education Quantification Course (STAT 200 or SCM 200) (GQ)4General Education Course (GN)3
General Education Course (GA)3General Education Course (GH)3
Supporting Course*3LER 312*3
LER 201*3LER 305*3
Elective3Supporting Course*3
 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, or 202D3LER 401 (Prescribed LER Option Course)*3
LER 304*3LER 4XX*3
LER 4XX - Prescribed LER Option Course*3Supporting Course*3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
LER 460*3AFAM 136, LER 136, WMNST 136, HIST 458Y, or LER 458Y*3
LER 4XX - LER Option Course*13LER 4XX*3
LER 4XX - LER Option Course*13Elective3
Elective3Elective3
Elective3Elective2
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16.5 15.5
Total Credits 123

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Career Paths

The Labor and Human Resources major prepares students for many career opportunities and graduate studies. The majority of our majors work as human resource and employment relations (HRER) specialists—a growing field according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Others have gone on to work as labor union organizers, labor arbitrators, and professionals in non-profit careers. Virtually every employer--multinational corporations, small companies, hospitals, non-profit agencies, universities, and federal, state, and local governments--employ HRER professionals. Labor and Human Resources majors have gone on to graduate school earning advanced degrees in Human Resource Management, Law, Business, and Sociology.

Careers

Labor and Human Resources majors do exceedingly well in the job market, and have been hired by a long list of companies (link below). For students interested in social and economic justice at work, a career with a union provides an opportunity to put your beliefs into actions. Our alums have gone on to work for national and international labor organizations and unions such as the AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers, and the American Federation of Teachers to name a few. Government agencies such as the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. and state Departments of Labor regularly hire Penn State LER School grads.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE LABOR AND HUMAN RESOURCES PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Along with three top Masters programs (M.S. and M.P.S. degrees in Human Resources and Employment Relations and an M.P.S. in Labor and Global Workers Rights, we offer a five-year Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program through which you can earn your Bachelors and Masters degrees in a total of five years, instead of six years as can otherwise be needed. Students with a Masters degree land much better paying jobs in coveted. Many of our top performing IUG students receive assistantships that helps to pay their tuition.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

SCHOOL OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
506 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-5425
lerpsu@psu.edu

http://lser.la.psu.edu/

World Campus

SCHOOL OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT RELATIONS
506 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-5425
pxm205@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/labor-and-employment-relations-bachelor-of-science/overview