Course Planning Tools - Labor and Human Resources (Bachelor of Science)

Courses Required for Your Program

The course list shows all prescribed and recommended courses for your program and includes abbreviations, descriptions, prerequisites, and credits for each course.

Course Availability

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Course Bulletin

Learn more about the requirements for your program by visiting the Penn State Undergraduate Bulletin.

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program

The integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) program is designed for academically talented World Campus students to obtain both the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations and the Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations in less time than it would traditionally take you to earn both degrees independently.

This intense, accelerated program of study can help you develop knowledge in the human resources and employment relations field beyond the undergraduate degree. The undergraduate curriculum in the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations introduces you to:

  • roles played by employers, employees, employee organizations, and public policy makers in the employment relationship
  • complex personal and organizational issues inherent in the employment relationship
  • laws that form the legal framework for the employee-employer relationship
  • tools you need to systematically analyze those complex issues and evaluate research relevant to those analyses

The graduate curriculum in the Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources and Employment Relations provides you with a more focused examination of the human resources and employment relations field. It also provides an opportunity for you to further explore an area of concentration within the HRER field.

You are required to successfully complete a minimum of 33 credits for the MPS degree in HRER. This includes 9 credits (400 level and above) that can apply to both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and 6 of these credits must be at a 500 or 800 level.


The IUG program is limited to exceptionally motivated undergraduate students. If you are interested in applying to the IUG program, you must:

  1. be enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Labor and Employment Relations degree program
  2. have been enrolled at Penn State for three semesters prior to admission
  3. have an overall GPA of 3.4 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate course work and a minimum GPA of 3.6 in the major
  4. possess the equivalent of two years of full-time work experience prior to admission

Application Materials

Admissions decisions for this program will be based on the quality of your credentials and will be made after review of your complete application portfolio. Your completed application portfolio must include:

  1. the Penn State Graduate School application and application fee
  2. two letters of recommendation from current or previous Penn State instructors
  3. one additional professional or academic letter of recommendation
  4. a writing sample, which could be an assignment previously submitted during your undergraduate study
  5. résumé
  6. a two- to three-page essay articulating your career and educational goals — to demonstrate your written communication skills
  7. an approved plan of study, determined in consultation with your undergraduate adviser and the graduate director, and to be signed by both

No GRE or GMAT scores are required for admission to the program.

Consultation Courses

List of Consultation Courses for current program:
Effective Spring 2015

ACCTG 211 (4)*
AF AM 100 (3)
B A 243 (3)
CAS 352 (3),any 400 level CAS course
any 400 level ECON course*
MGMT 301* (3), 321* (3), 341* (3), * any 400 level MGMT course*
OLEAD 100 (3), OLEAD 409 (3), OLEAD 410 (3)
PHIL 119,
PL SC any 400 level
PSYCH, any 400 level* (Except for PSYCH 482, 484 and 485 as Labor and Human Resources students are included in the controls.)
SOC 119 (4), any 400 level SOC course

(Not all courses appear on the degree audit. If they do not appear, advisers need to request the Student Transfer Credit Specialist to manually adjust the degree audit.)
Courses marked with a * may be controlled.

Program Websites

College of the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Studies Website

Labor and Employment Relations Website — A good source of information for all students in the Labor and Employment Relations program. Learn about faculty, events and announcements, and more.

Labor and Employment Relations Facebook page — Connect with other students and faculty in the program.

Labor and Employment Relations integrated program page — Learn how you can earn both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in only five years through the integrated program option.


If you have questions about course planning, please contact your academic advisor. If you do not know who your academic advisor is, please fill out the advising contact form