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Labor and Human Resources

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Why Study Labor and Human Resources?

Labor and Human Resources professionals are adept at problem solving and mediating. Labor relations specialists develop labor policies, negotiate collective bargaining agreements, manage grievance procedures and ensure contract compliance. Human resource managers focus on recruitment, training, and legal and management advice.

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Why Study Labor and Human Resources at Eastern?

The only undergraduate program of its kind in New England, Eastern’s multidisciplinary Labor and Human Resources major teaches students how to evaluate issues related to work and employment relationships. With a focus on creative, analytical and critical thinking, the program offers a unique approach to complex employment issues. Students develop a critical perspective and understanding of the roles of workers, employers, unions, institutions and labor laws. Faculty members come from the Business, Economics and Psychology departments.

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Salary Potential


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Salary range

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Labor and Human Resources majors must complete a comprehensive internship and have a range of government agencies, nonprofits and other organizations to choose from.

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Honor Societies

Labor and Human Resources majors are encouraged to join one or more labor and human relations professional societies, e.g. SHRM, where they can network, exchange ideas, learn about developments in the field and attend annual conferences.

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Study Abroad

Study abroad is another option for students seeking to understand human resource management from a global perspective, recognizing the international nature of today’s economy.

Career Options

  • Attorney
  • Community organization or non-profit manager
  • Consultant
  • Human resource manager
  • Labor relations agency staff
  • Labor relations manager
  • Mediator or arbitrator
  • Public agency staff
  • Public policy advocate
  • Union organizer

Successful Alumni

Labor and Human Resources graduates are prepared for further study in human resource management, industrial and labor relations, labor studies, psychology, business, law or other social sciences or professional fields. Others pursue careers in labor relations, human resource management, policy analysis and management.

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Alumni Testimonials