Labor and Human Resources, Minor

Program Code: LHR_UMNR

Program Description

This interdisciplinary minor is designed for students in any major of the University who wish to supplement their knowledge in the areas of labor studies and industrial relations. The minor consists of 18 credits, at least 6 of which must be at the 400 level. A certificate is awarded to students who complete the requirements of the minor.

What is Labor and Human Resources?

Every day, 135 million Americans go to work and surprising stuff happens. Welcome to the world of human resources and labor relations! Labor and Human Resources focuses on subjects ranging from globalization and talent management, to unions and social justice, to gender equity and workers' rights. It encompasses a variety of growing career areas, all of which address the complex social, cultural, and professional issues one is likely to encounter in modern workplaces. You will learn in a highly student-centered program with great faculty, wonderful resources, and an in-house career counselor for help as you approach completion.

You Might Like This Program If...

You desire a broad background in the issues of work, employment, the employment relationship, and human resource management. By obtaining your Labor and Human Resources minor, you can have a better understanding of your role in the workplace while you gain a more flexible career path. The Labor and Human Resources minor is beneficial to students from a wide range of study areas, and can be most useful if you are majoring in psychology, organizational leadership, or business.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
LER 1003
LER 304Labor and Employment Relations Fundamentals3
LER 305Human Resources Fundamentals Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
LER 201Employment Relationship: Law and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or LER 401 The Law of Labor-Management Relations
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits from any 400-level LER course3
Select 3 credits from the following list in consultation with an adviser3
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
AFAM 100
AFAM 110
Social, Legal, and Ethical 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

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

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-studies-employment-relations-minor/overview