18 credits of course work
Register for individual workshops that fit your schedule in Law, History, Bargaining, and electives.
An advanced certificate is awarded to those who complete an additional 9 credits.
Time to Complete
Time participants have to complete the entire certificate program
The Cornell ILR Online Labor Studies Program provides busy union activists with an opportunity to take college credit courses without regard to their location or work schedules. While there is no physical classroom there is considerable student-to-student and student-to-instructor interaction, making for lively discussions and group learning.
Courses advance students' knowledge about the issues that matter most to their day-to-day roles and include Collective Bargaining, Labor History, Labor/Employment Law, Contemporary Labor Issues, and Contract Administration.
Participants can earn a Certificate and an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies.
Adjunct faculty are proud members of the Cornell Adjunct Faculty Alliance, NYSUT, AFT, and AFL-CIO. Courses and credits earned in Extension Division programs are not automatically accepted as transfer credits or as a basis for admission to the resident Cornell-ILR programs in Ithaca. Student applications and course transfers are evaluated by universities and colleges on an individual basis.
A Certificate of Labor Studies can be earned by successfully completing 18 credit course in the following areas
- Law (Labor Law, Employment Law, or Labor Relations in the Public Sector) - one course
- History (Labor History or Labor & Film) - one course
- Bargaining (Collective Bargaining, or Contract Administration) - one course
- Electives (Labor, Government and Politics, Unions and Diversity, and others) - courses
Additionally, an Advanced Certificate of Labor Studies will be awarded to those who complete an additional 9.0 credits offered in the program in any subject area. Each course carries 3.0 undergraduate college credits.
Our on-line credit classes are structured so that you can log-on at any particular time or day throughout the week. The system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.