Monday, October 12, 2009

New Master of Arts Degree in Labor Studies at CUNY

Dear Friends of the Murphy Institute,

Please help us to get the word out about the new Masters Degree in Labor Studies at CUNY, to co-workers, union leaders, activists, students, union staff, and others!

For January & Sept. 2110 enrollment, we have scheduled 3 fall Open House dates:
Oct. 19th, Nov. 2nd, and Nov. 23rd.

Our September classes have generated a lot of excitement from the 37 new Labor Studies M.A. students, as they make new friends and get immersed in their classes.
Here is a comment from one student:

"For me this is a tremendous opportunity for those of us who are committed to the labor movement and the empowerment of all workers. I highly recommend this program which is developing the innovative labor leaders of today and tomorrow!"
Damon, Local 1199 staff

With exceptional faculty and lecturers, and CUNY's relatively modest tuition, this is certainly one of the finest Labor Studies Programs in the country.

We appreciate your help in publicizing the Masters in Labor Studies program.

In addition, if you can help arrange a meeting with your union's leadership or members, or any organization, please let us know.

Thank you.

Best regards,

Laurie Kellogg
Labor Studies Program Coordinator

About the M.A. in Labor Studies

· Students explore issues from many perspectives, including economics, sociology, history, political science, global studies and cultural analysis.
· The curriculum combines theory with practice and includes fieldwork opportunities.
· Graduates are prepared to work with unions as field representatives, organizers, researchers, educators, and communications specialists, among other staff and leadership positions. Others pursue careers in law, labor relations, human resources, and government.

For January & September 2110 enrollment, please attend an Open House at 6 pm on:

October 19, November 2, or November 23

Refreshments served.

Please RSVP by calling the Murphy Institute:
(212) 827 - 0200

The Murphy Institute for Worker Education and Labor Studies is part of the School for Professional Studies and the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York
25 West 43rd Street, 19th Floor
(betw. 5th & 6th Aves.)
New York, NY 10036-7406
Tel: 212.827.0200 Fax: 212.827.5955

· Earn a professional degree to enhance career opportunities in labor
and related fields
· Develop a deeper understanding of work, workers and workers’
organizations in a global society
· Become a more effective advocate for labor rights and social justice
Acquire new knowledge and sharpen analytical skills
· Study with world-class faculty and outstanding practitioners in the field

Degree Requirements:

· To earn the Labor Studies MA, students must complete 30 credits, distributed among seven required courses and three electives.


· Labor in the Era of Globalization examines the impact of globalization on work, workers and international labor movements.

· Research Methods examines quantitative and qualitative methods of research employed to produce accurate data to support labor-related activities.

· Labor Law examines the body of law and legal remedies governing the unionization of employees, the collective bargaining process, and the relationships among workers and employers and unions.

· Theories and Perspectives on the Labor Movement familiarizes students with theories that explain the rise of unions and the historical development of labor movements.

· Labor and the Economy gives students essential knowledge of micro- and macro-economic theories that explain conditions of work affecting workers and labor institutions.

· Labor-Management Relations covers the development of labor relations in the United States, from the period preceding collective bargaining through the emergence of theories of management and corresponding stages of labor relations practice in the 20th and 21st centuries.

· The Capstone Course, taken in a student’s final semester, is an opportunity for students to synthesize and integrate the body of knowledge acquired in courses leading to the degree. Students will do a project or paper that demonstrates command of the subject matter and literature in the field.


· U.S. Labor History from 1929 to Present examines U.S. labor history from the Great Depression of 1929 to the present, seeking to understand how the experience of workers and the nature of working-class institutions have evolved in the context of larger historical developments.

· Issues in Organizing examines theories, strategies, and tactics of organizing and analyzes debates about the future of organized labor in the U.S.

· Labor and Politics will examine strategies for, and approaches to, political action in unions as well as the historical relationships between unions and political parties in the U.S. and abroad.

· Comparative Labor Movements will examine and compare labor movements in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

· Policy Analysis introduces students to theories and techniques of policy analysis with special emphasis on policies affecting workers and unions.

· Labor Studies Field Work Internship offers students an internship at a union or labor-related organization. The internship is combined with readings and classroom discussions about issues and problems confronting the U.S. labor movement in a contemporary national and global context.*

*Students who have not taken an undergraduate or graduate Labor History course are required to include Labor History as one of their electives.

Brief Faculty Biographies for the M.A. in Labor Studies
Full Time Faculty
· Dr. Ruth Milkman
, a renowned Professor of Sociology, comes to JSMI from the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment at UCLA. She is an expert on women and immigrant workers, and contemporary unionism, and is the author of many books including L.A. Story: Immigrant Workers and the Future of the U.S. Labor Movement.
· Dr. Joshua Freeman
is an award-winning teacher and author of the acclaimed book Working Class New York. He serves as consulting editor for New Labor Forum, and is the Executive Officer and a Professor in the doctoral program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center.
· Dr. Stephanie Luce
has gained widespread recognition for her work on Living Wage campaigns as well as the effects of globalization on jobs and workers. She comes to JSMI from UMass, Amherst, where she is an Associate professor and the Director of Research at the UMass Labor Center.
· Dr. Penny Lewis
is a sociologist who has taught at Barnard and Brown, as well as several colleges within the CUNY system. Her areas of scholarship include labor history, social movements, and the study of race, class, and gender.
· James Steele
, Distinguished Lecturer, is a highly regarded political analyst with expertise in labor and politics. He has served as Special Assistant to Congressman Gregory Meeks and was the Program Director for the Council of Black Elected Democrats.

Consortial Faculty
(faculty from CUNY Divisions who will teach in the Labor Studies program)

· Dr. Stanley Aronowitz
is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate School, and Director of CUNY’s Center for the Study of Culture, Technology and Work. He is the author of 23 books, including Working Class Hero and From the Ashes of the Old: American Labor and America’s Future.
· Dr. Frances Fox Piven
, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center, is a prominent scholar and activist whose work focuses on social policy and the social welfare system. She is the author of many groundbreaking books and articles, including Poor People’s Movements and Regulating the Poor.
· Dr. Stephen Brier
is a Professor of Urban Education at the CUNY Graduate Center and an expert in the use of new media and technology. He co-founded and was the Executive Director of The American Social History Project, and co-authored their widely used text, Who Built America?

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