Labor Studies

Welcome to Labor Studies Department

Welcome to all students, alumni, and visitors to our website. Thank you for visiting our site and for your interest in our Labor Studies Program.  Our mission is to educate students to understand the historical and current labor issues in the US and internationally. 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 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. 

Our Labor Studies program was founded in 1977. CSUDH is the only state-supported four year university in Southern California that offers a Bachelor of Arts major in this field. Designed with the assistance of state and local labor leaders, Labor Studies at CSUDH coordinates with programs at community colleges, such as Los Angeles Trade Tech (LATTC), Los Angeles Harbor College (Harbor), East Los Angeles College (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.

The Labor Studies Program offers a major, a minor, and a certificate program.  All of our classes, and those of many affiliate departments, are held on nights, weekends, and online.

Film and Labor Studies class of 2008

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