Why Major in Labour Studies?

In this degree program students learn to critically analyze historical and contemporary issues affecting work, workers and unions. The program develops research skills and offers opportunities for work experience and experiential learning. It provides an excellent pathway into fields like law, policy, education, and labour organizing. Students benefit from smaller classes and close contact with instructors. 

You can apply to declare a Major after successful completion of one undergraduate Labour Studies course. Interested? Contact our Undergraduate Advisor.

Program requirements

Students complete 120 units:

Your degree can include up to 4 semesters of Co-op.

Who is Labour Studies for?

This degree program is a great option for people of all ages and experience levels; Whether it be prospective SFU students with an interest in advocacy, experienced members of the workforce, or individuals involved with labour unions looking to further their education.

What will I study?

Labour Studies is the study and understanding of labour, working people, and their organizations. This is an interdisciplinary program, meaning students have the opportunity to study a wide range of topics through the lens of labour. In fall of 2018 students will have the opportunity to explore the intersections of labour with law and policy, the environment, globalization, and pop culture. This means that labour studies is a great pathway to careers in journalism, law, government, HR, labour relations, the non profit sector.

Experiential Learning and Co-op

Labour Studies students will be able to access experiential learning opportunities including co-op, paid internships, and volunteerism. This will build on existing opportunities for funded project work such as the Canadian Labour Institute Research Projects.
LBST majors will be able to apply to the co-op program in Fall 2018, with earliest work placement in Spring 2018.

When does it start?

The Major in Labour Studies will launch in the Fall term of the 2018/2019 academic year, at which time existing students will be able to declare a Major in Labour Studies. Prior to this, students will be able to take some program prerequisites in the Summer 2018 term. 

Already taking labour studies courses, or pursuing a minor or certificate? 

Building on the success of the Certificate and Minor in Labour Studies, the Major will allow students to specialize and gain skills in the study of work, workers' experiences and labour movements. Find out about how your existing credits can be translated towards the completion of a major in Labour Studies. For personalized information on transitioning into the major program contact saadvise@sfu.ca.

Questions? Interested in applying?

Contact an advisor at saadvise@sfu.ca

Major Information

Fall 2018 

Fall 2018 courses that will help you pursue the major:

LBST 202 - Research Methods for Social Change
LBST 301 (W) - Labour Movements: Issues, Images and Popular Culture

Program Requirements

PDF Major Checklist

For complete program requirements and course descriptions see the Academic Calendar. The major program requires the completion of 120 units, including the following:

Lower Division Requirements:

  • Minimum 21 units including LBST 101, LBST 202 (Q), and LBST 230

Upper Division Requirements:

  • Minimum 30 units including LBST 301 (W)
  • And at least 21 units of Labour Studies courses  

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Degree Requirements

For all bachelor of arts (BA) programs, students complete 120 units, which includes

  • at least 60 units that must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 45 upper division units, of which at least 30 upper division units must be completed at Simon Fraser University
  • at least 65 units (including 21 upper division units) in Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences courses
  • satisfaction of the writing, quantitative, and breadth requirements
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0, and a program (major, joint major, extended minor, minor) CGPA and upper division CGPA of at least 2.0

Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements

Students must meet writing, quantitative and breadth (WQB) requirements as part of any degree program they may undertake. See Writing, Quantitative, and Breadth Requirements for university-wide information.

Labour Studies Bachelor of Arts
120 units

The development of the Labour Studies Program has been made possible by the generous legacy of SFU alumna and labour activist Margaret Morgan who, with husband "Lefty" Morgan, worked for decades to advance workers' struggles in Vancouver and beyond.