One major, a flexible curriculum

All ILR undergraduates have the same major: Industrial and Labor Relations

ILR's curriculum balances structure and flexibility. Foundation courses provide a comprehensive view of the historical, legal, management and economic issues that define and influence workers and the workplace. For electives, you can draw on thousands of courses available throughout the university.

The ILR Curriculum

All students take required courses that introduce them to organizational psychology, economics, labor history, statistics, management and law. Each student tailors the curriculum to individual interests by selecting electives from ILR's six departments and Cornell's other colleges and schools.

No two students have identical academic programs. While ILR sets well-defined guidelines, you will have the freedom to make the program your own by drawing on the diversity of courses offered and pursuing a range of internship, independent research, and study abroad opportunities.

Degree Requirements

To earn the Cornell Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Labor Relations, you need to successfully complete 120 credits. This includes work done while on an approved credit internship or study abroad program. A typical four-year program is outlined on the curriculum page. 

A maximum of 12 credits of Advanced Placement work may be used for Cornell credit. Any additional AP coursework can only be used for course placement purposes. For additional AP, IB, Dual Enrollment and other credit information, please review ILR's Summary of Credit Policies (PDF, 143 KB)

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