About Our Programs

The National Labor College offers a wide range of adult educational programs in a variety of learning formats including week long residential courses, fully online courses and blended courses with both online and residential components.  

College Degree Programs

The college offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and a Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies. 
Both degrees require satisfactory completion of 120 semester credits including completion of 3 credit hours in each of the following areas, English, Math, Science, Social Science and Humanities.

The national Labor college is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education 3624 Market Street Philadelphia PA, 19104 212-662-5606.

The Bachelor of Arts  (BA) degree is a low residency format that requires students spend a week in residence at our campus in Silver Spring Maryland.

The BA offers six major areas of study:
(1) Labor Studies;
(2) Labor Education;
(3) Labor History;
(4) Political Economy of Labor;
(5) Union Leadership & Administration;
(6) Labor Safety & Health. 

A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the NLC.  The thirty credits are typically comprised of 10 three credit courses. 

Five of these are core requirements of the NLC, four are courses in a major/partnership and one is an elective as follows

  • Educational Planning
  • Introduction to Labor Studies
  • Comparative Research Methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Project
  • Course in Major/Partnership*
  • Course in Major/Partnership*
  • Course in Major/Partnership*
  • Course in Major/Partnership*
  • Elective
(low residency only/off-site cohort or partner)
(low residency only/off-site cohort or partner)
(low residency only)
(low residency only)
(online only)

The Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies (BTPS) is a totally online degree and offers four areas of concentration within the field of labor studies:

(1) Leadership;
(2) Instructional Technology and Computer Skills (2 tracks);
(3) Occupational Safety and Health; and
(4) Music and Arts (2 tracks). 

BTPS Core Requirements include:
· Learning in a Digital World
· Effective Writing / American Labor Literature
· Science, Technology, and Our World
· BTPS Educational Planning
· Leadership and Landmark Events in Labor History / Images of Labor in Art    
· College Math (various)
· Service Learning Internship
· Capstone Project

Both programs are accredited but the BTPS program is generally tailored to individuals who want the convenience of an online program and who have experience in a technical or professional field that they would like to apply toward a degree. Students with more than 69 credit hours to transfer should consider the Bachelor of Arts degree which allows more of their credits to apply towards a degree.

For additional information on NLC degree requirements refer to the catalogue. 

Academic Partners
In addition the National Labor College has academic partnerships with several institutions, unions and/or organizations.  Like apprenticeships, partnership credits are awarded based on an individual review of each student’s documentation. Even courses with similar names and content may not count as partnership credit unless it was taken through a certified partnering union and approved by the NLC.  For specific information on our academic programs and partners contact a pre-admissions advisor at 301-431-6400 and press#5.

Quick Guide to Degree Programs at the National Labor College

Experiential Learning and Portfolio Credit
Portfolio Credit
Internships - The National Labor College also offers opportunities for credit through internship and independent study.  For details contact the Provost or a pre-admissions advisor.

Quick Guide to Experiential Credit at the National Labor College

Certificate Programs

The National Labor College offers Certificate Programs in the following areas:
Certificate Union Leadership and Administration
Certificate Labor Safety and Health
Certificate Organizing
Certificate Labor Education
Certificate Capital Stewardship
Certificate in Building Trades Union Leadership and Administration