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MILR Concentration: International and Comparative Labor

Thomas Rosario MILR 10 and /Trevor Frierson MILR 11In the International and Comparative Labor concentration students have the opportunity to increase their understanding of international and comparative industrial relations, human resources, organizations, and labor markets. In particular, it is expected that students will understand how different IR and HR policy and labor market institutions "work" in different national contexts.

Core Courses

All MILR candidates must complete the following six core courses

  • ILRCB 5000 Collective Bargaining
  • ILRCB 5010 Labor Relations Law and Legislation
  • ILRST 5110 Statistical Methods for Social Sciences
  • ILROB 5200 Organizational Behavior and Analysis
  • ILRLE 5400 Labor Economics
  • ILRHR 5600 Human Resource Management

Concentration Courses

In additional to the six core MILR courses, students must complete six courses that consist of international or comparative courses related to international and comparative labor. Three of those courses must provide an understanding of the relevant institutional environment of another country or region in ways that prepare students for international careers and assignments in that country or region. The remaining three courses may be any international or comparative course, and may include language courses. Courses will be selected and agreed upon by the student and his/her special committee chairperson. The chair of the International and Comparative Labor department Department will also maintain a suggested list of courses.


Students in the International and Comparative Labor concentration will enroll in a minimum of 4 additional free electives.

Professor Sarosh KuravillaILR Faculty Members in International and Comparative Labor