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Get the education and skills you need to be a leader and confront the challenges of the changing workplace and the global economy. Earn an undergraduate certificate in Labor Studies through UMKC by taking six courses - 18 units - on the University's Interactive Video Network. You can take up to two courses a semester, evenings and Saturdays. For a brochure, call (816) 235-1470. The courses are also available for graduate credit.

Sign up now to:

  • Develop your skills of advocacy and representation to serve your members more effectively.
  • Deepen your knowledge of the labor movement -- past, present and future.
  • Learn what others are doing across Missouri, the nation and the world to face the challenges posed by downsizing, restructuring and globalization.
  • Hone leadership and organizing skills to speak and motivate, do strategic planning, direct campaigns, increase participation and community involvement.
  • Learn from faculty with labor education expertise using resources from across the state in an interactive environment. Start on or continue that college education you always wanted.

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The Labor Studies Certificate Program will give current and future union leaders, representatives and activists the background and skills they need to confront the changing workplace and economy. With a grounding in history, political science, law and economics, you will develop skills of analysis, leadership and organizing that will put you on an equal footing with your counterparts in the corporate and political world.
By participating in the program, you will earn 18 credit hours toward a degree and a Certificate in Labor Studies verifying your expertise.
Six courses, three credit hours each, will be offered, two per semester. Courses are offered on-line asynchronous.
Classes will be participatory and will take advantage of new technology to bring together students from across the state of Missouri to share experiences and discuss solutions to common problems.

Labor Studies Certificate
Upon completion of the program, in addition to 18 credit hours, you will receive a Certificate in Labor Studies from the University of Missouri upon graduation with a BA or BS.

Schedules, Fees and Registration
For more information on course schedules, fees and how to register, call us at:

Check with your employer and union about tuition assistance and scholarships. Financial aid and loans through the university may also be available.

Courses and Campus of Origin *

  • Labor in Society & Politics (our introductory offering)
    UM-St. Louis
    taught by Don Giljum, retired Operating Engineers 148 and Rob Russell, UMSL
  • Labor Law
    taught by Rob Russell, UMC
  • U.S. Labor History
    UM-Kansas City, UM-St. Louis
    taught by Judy Ancel, UMKC and Gerda Ray, UMSL
  • Collective Bargaining
    UM-St. Louis, UM-Columbia
    taught by Don Giljum and Rob Russell
  • Labor and the Global Political Economy
    UM-Kansas City, UM-Kansas City
    taught by Judy Ancel, UMKC
  • Union Leadership and Administration
    UM-Columbia, UM-Kansas City
    taught by Judy Ancel, UMKC and Matt Pezold, UMC

*All courses offered on all three campuses. Some are team-taught between campuses. Call (816) 235-1470 for information or contact us by email.


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