Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time
of their enrolment.
within the 120 credits required for the BA.
The Bachelor of Arts with a major in Labour Studies is designed for students
who want to know more about the
position of labour and working people in society. The program will be of interest
to trade unionists at both the leadership and general membership levels.
39 credits in Labour Studies major
courses outlined below including a
minimum of 30 senior (300 or 400)
level credits (a minimum of 12,
12 credits in required core courses (SOCI 321 and HIST
336 are included in
the 30 senior-level credits noted above).
Students may transfer in a maximum of 30 credits of
courses applicable to the requirements of the major. The maximum Prior
Learning Assessment and Recognition credits for the Labour Studies
major is 39.
All courses labelled IDRL can be taken
as either Applied Studies or Social Science courses, but not both.
To use these courses to satisfy the Social Science area of study requirement,
students must contact Admissions and Evaluations Services and
request the change upon completion of the course.
Transfer Credits for Union Education
and Prior Learning
Athabasca University grants advanced credit in the Labour studies
program for some union education programs. Students with a Labour
College of Canada certificate, for example, may be eligible to receive
nine credits. Students who have completed the Canadian Auto Workers
Paid Educational Leave course may be eligible to receive three credits.
And students who have completed the Canadian Postal Workers'
Union Education Program may be eligible to receive six credits.
Credit is also granted for other union education programs and for
other forms of prior learning. Contact Athabasca University for
Many unions, and some employers, will reimburse students for the
cost of university tuition fees. Discuss this with your union representative