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ILR Learning Goals

Upon graduation, students in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations should have the ability to

  1. Engage in critical, reasoned analyses of issues and ideas
  2. Explain ideas and analyses through written and oral communication
  3. Evaluate and apply theories and assumptions of the social science disciplines to workplace issues
  4. Analyze workplace issues from a variety of perspectives, including the historical, cultural, institutional and ethical perspectives
  5. Access, evaluate and analyze qualitative and quantitative data, so as to enhance understanding and inform decision-making
  6. Work independently and in cooperation with others

Eight Semester Residency Requirement

To earn the Cornell Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, a student must successfully complete 120 credits, and complete eight (8) semesters of full-time study (30 credits a year on average), including work done while on an approved credit internship or study abroad program. Those who enter the school as transfer students will be required to complete four to six semesters of full-time study depending on the number of transferable credit hours completed at other institutions. Exceptions may be made by petitioning the ILR Academic Standards and Scholarships Committee. Those enrolled in the employee degree program, who typically study on a part-time basis, will be exempt from this requirement.

Academic Requirements

ILR Curriculum

Learn about the ILR curriculum requirements.

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Five major components


Core requirements

Writing requirements

Distribution requirements

ILR electives

General electives


There are also special study options to earn credits towards your ILR degree

Study Abroad


Student Research

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Test and Transfer Credit

AP/IB Credit

A maximum of 12 credits can be accepted either for approved required courses in the ILR curriculum or as general elective credit. Only one AP course may be used to fulfill required courses in Cultural Perspectives, Western Intellectual Tradition or Science & Technology. AP Language courses are considered general elective credit.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 60 credit hours of course work completed at another accredited university.  Courses must be taken for a letter grade and a grade of C or better is necessary for credit to transfer.  In addition, credit will transfer if the course syllabus indicates the equivalency of a Cornell course, as judged by:

  • course content (at least 80% of material covered in similar Cornell course)
  • the use of a textbook similar to that used in the parallel Cornell course
  • the use of examinations, writing assignments, projects or other submitted work that is substantially similar to those required in a similar Cornell course
  • substantial similarity in meeting hours of the Cornell and non-Cornell course