UMSL offering two online Labor education courses this spring

The University of Missouri at St. Louis (UMSL) is offering two online Labor education courses this spring as part of its Labor Studies Certificate Program.

The program gives current and future union leaders, representatives and activists the background and skills needed to manage the changing workplace and economy. Coursework consists of six, three-hour classes completed in three semesters in an online format, allowing participants to login each week at their own convenience. Spring classes begin Jan. 17. Course options include:

  • Labor, Work, Society and Politics – This course explores the evolution of work in the United States, and how Labor unions shaped and influenced society, politics and the workplace. It also examines the role of workers, unions’ organizational structure, the role of collective bargaining, Labor and the media and Labor’s political and social campaigns.
  • Labor and Community Leadership – This course examines leadership development principles through the lens of Labor and social action leadership. It also explores the many leadership theories in existence and focuses on collective leadership theories, intentional realities of race, gender and multiculturalism and how diversity intersects with other leadership challenges that social organizations and Labor unions face.

With a grounding in history, political science, law and economics, students in the program have the opportunity to develop skills in analysis, leadership and organizing.

For more information or to register, contact UMSL Labor Studies coordinator Doug Swanson at 314-516-6698 or


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