Credit Hour Requirements
Candidates for the Bachelor of Science degree in ILR must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours, with a minimum of 105 credits taken for a letter grade.
Cornell University requires that undergraduates register for and complete two courses in physical education, one in each semester of the first year, unless illness or injury warrants postponement. Physical Education credit does not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
The following introductory courses are taken during the first four semesters of enrollment in the ILR school. Although students (especially transfer students) are not necessarily required to take these courses in the order shown here, it is strongly recommended. With the exception of Colloquium, students are required to fulfill the following core requirements for a letter grade:
- Colloquium (ILRID 1500 for first-years or ILRID 2500 for transfers)
- All new students will be enrolled in either ILRID 1500 or ILRID 2500 during their first semester in ILR.
- ILRID 1500 is required for all students who enter ILR as freshmen. ILRID 2500 is not required for transfer students, but strongly encouraged in order for students to make the best transition possible to the ILR School.
- Introduction to Organizational Behavior (ILROB 1220)
- Introduction to U.S. Labor History (ILRLR 1100)
- Introductory Microeconomics (ECON 1110)
- Introductory Macroeconomics (ECON 1120)
- Introductory Statistics (ILRST 2100)
- Labor and Employment Law (ILRLR 2010)
- Human Resource Management (ILRHR 2600)
- Labor Relations (ILRLR 2050)
- Economics of Wages and Employment (ILRLE 2400)
Students are required to fulfill the following writing requirements for a letter grade:
Students are required to complete one course from each of the following lists to fulfill the distribution requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
Students are required to take 40 ILR elective credits for graduation. Within these 40 ILR elective credits, students must take:
- A minimum of 24 credits must be taken within the ILR school
- Up to 16 credits may be taken outside ILR in the following areas:
- Foreign language (Up to 12 credits)
- Advanced mathematics (as approved by ILR Social Statistics department)
- Out of College Advanced ILR Electives
Special Study Opportunities
Approved study abroad work may be used to fulfill:
- Up to 9 credits for a single semester
- Up to 15 credits for a full year
- Maximum of 16 credits for a semester internship
- Maximum of 8 credits independent or directed study (research)
- Student research in the form of independent or directed study (ILR 499) may be used to fulfill up to 8 credits
Note: It is not required to take any out-of-college ILR advanced electives; the ILR elective requirements may be completely fulfilled with coursework inside ILR if desired.
Any course at Cornell can be used to fulfill general elective requirements for graduation.