Labor Studies

What is Labor Studies?

In the U.S., one of the first questions we ask when meeting people is, “So, what do you do?” That’s because work—what we do for a living—plays a big role in how we think about ourselves and others. It tells us a story about race, class and gender that implicates our self-worth and that of others around us, and directly impacts our ability to provide for our families and communities.

In Labor Studies, we unpack these stories and learn what makes a job good or bad. We discuss historical and current efforts to improve working conditions here and abroad, especially for workers of color and immigrants. Our classes prepare students to work in the labor movement, in government, non-profit, and the corporate world as leaders and activists for change. Located in Southern California, we are in the vibrant matrix of the worker activity, and our classes reflect the interests of the region in immigration, race, gender, sexual orientation, media, and leadership.

Labor Studies at CSUDH was program was founded in 1977. We offer one of only two degree programs in Labor Studies at four-year universities in Southern California, and we offer a Bachelor’s, a minor, and a certificate.

Labor Studies is an interdepartmental program. This means that along with specialized courses in labor studies, students also take related classes in fields such as history, sociology and economics. Students thus acquire a solid liberal arts education, as well as extensive training in the more practical aspects of labor studies.

The Labor Studies Program offers a major, a minor, and a certificate program. We also offer an interdisciplinary Masters. Many of our classes--and all required for our degree--are held on nights, weekends, and online.

Designed with the assistance of state and local labor leaders, Labor Studies at CSUDH coordinates with programs at community colleges, such as Trade Tech, Harbor, ELAC, as well as with the UCLA Labor Studies program. We also work with the Dolores Huerta Institute's educational initiatives, and interact with the Harry Bridges Institute and other local labor centers.


Click here to download the Labor, Social, Environmental Justice Fair program.

Labor Studies CSUDH Labor Fair 2019

Organizational Participants

9 to 5 Working Women

Anti-Racist Action-Los Angeles

Asian American Advancing Justice Los Angeles

Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP Inc.)

CSUDH Urban Farm, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Club

Department of History, His 369 (Modern Mexican History)

History 490 Senior Seminar

Department of Social Work MSW 511

Division of Apprenticeship Standards, State of California

F.A.I.T.H Ministry

Filipino Migrant Center

Health Care for All - Los Angeles Chapter


IATSE Local 44

IBEW/Neca N2P Electrical Training Institute


Labor Commissioner's Office

Los Angeles Union Cooperative Initiative 

Mentoring Adolescents for Personal and Professional Success (MAPPS)

SEIU Local 721

So Cal Reinforcing Workers for Justice

Students For Quality Education

Teamster Local 2010

UFCW Local 324

UNITE Here Local 11

We want to thank our generous union supporters of the Labor, Social and Environmental Justice Fair. Here’s a list of our donors.

California Faculty Association, DH Chapter

California Faculty Association, Statewide

California Nurses Association/National Nurses United

International Association of Television and Stage Employees

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers

International Longshore Workers Union, Local 13

International Longshore Workers Union, So. Cal Pensioners

Los Angeles County Federation of Labor

Nancy and Eddie Alexander

Service Employees International Union, Local 721

Teamsters, Local 2010

Teamsters, Local 399

United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 324

United Steelworkers, Local 675

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