Cornell University

Undergraduate Admissions

Advancing the world of work

Academic Departments

While all ILR undergraduates pursue the same major – Industrial and Labor Relations –  you are not limited to a single area of focus. The six ILR academic departments offer a range of courses to build a curriculum related to your interests.

Labor Relations, Law, and History analyzes workers, employers, and the governmental and institutional policies that affect them by drawing on the fields of history, political science, and law.

Organizational Behavior examines human behavior within organizations to understand the impact of environmental, technological, and interpersonal relationships on work groups and organizational dynamics.

Human Resource Studies emphasizes the effective management of people in organizations to achieve outcomes of mutual value to both employers and employees.

International and Comparative Labor focuses on understanding and comparing labor and employment practices in other regions of the world and analyzes the dynamics of globalization related broadly to work and capital.

Economics studies both the employee and employer sides of the labor market so that we can better understand the roots of, and political solutions for, such issues as discrimination, unemployment, poverty, and inequality.

Social Statistics teaches statistical thinking and quantitative reasoning related to culture, economy, law, government, and the sciences.