Work is one of the most universal of human experiences in today’s society. Most of us spend many hours at work, and our experiences in those workplaces share some commonalities and also encompass an incredible range of variety. Many aspects of our lives are influenced by what we do for work – how we spend our time, how much money we have, our lifestyle, and our leisure pursuits are all connected to our occupation. And work is not just an individual experience, but is deeply embedded in our social structure. Our labor market reflects and reproduces many societal inequalities, and at the same time workers united by their identity as workers have created lasting social change through the labor movement. The interdisciplinary minor in Work, Labor and Society is intended to give students an analytic lens on work, something most of us take for granted as part of our everyday lives.
The study of work is inherently interdisciplinary, and students in this program will be asked to reach beyond their own disciplinary boundaries to explore a range of approaches to the subject. In addition, students in the minor program will benefit from a unique collaboration with the Labor Extension program at UMass Lowell, which will provide a “real world” connection through service-learning, practicum opportunities, collaborative teaching, and guest speakers.
Please see the course catalog for more information.