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Both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Technical/Professional Studies, as well as the Union Skills Courses, are scheduled so that the NLC student can also continue to work and spend time with the family.  That’s why NLC provides courses online and requires students to spend no more than three weeks a year on campus.

Contact Alumni Mentors who completed a program at the National Labor College. Send them an e-mail and they will be pleased to answer your questions about how you too can take classes while still meeting your responsibilities on the job and at home.

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The National Labor College (NLC) has developed unique programs to satisfy the educational needs of trade union officers and staff members who cannot be served by traditional educational institutions and conventional educational mechanisms.

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for your interest in our college.  The college offers two degree programs, a Bachelor of Arts in Labor Studies and a Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies (BTPS).  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 an upper-level degree completion program.  Prospective students must have completed at least 56 semester hours of coursework before they can be fully admitted into our academic programs.   Students with less than 56 credits are encouraged to begin or continue coursework with the NLC and/or other colleges until they meet the requisite number of credits required for matriculation to our degree programs.   Students with less than 56 credits are classified as non-matriculate and are therefore not eligible for federal financial aid.

The college accepts up to 90 transfer credits towards a Bachelor of Arts degree.  Transfer credit may include credits for life experience, selected apprenticeships, military service, and previously earned college credit.   A minimum of 30 credits must be completed at the NLC as follows:

The core requirements for the Bachelor of Arts comprise 15 of the 30 credits as follows;

LBST2990 Educational Planning*                 (low residency only/off-site cohort or partner)
LBST2000 Introduction to Labor Studies     (low residency only/ off-site cohort or partner)
LBST2210 Comparative Research Methods (low residency only)
LBST3200 Senior Seminar                           (low residency only)
LBST3300 Senior Project                             (online only)

* Students who already have more than 90 transfer credits may opt to substitute the Educational Planning course for another NLC course of interest. The Deputy Provost must sign a course substitution request once all official transcripts have been reviewed by the registrar.

Requirements for the completion of a major include at least 12 credits of coursework in the major.  Courses in the area of ones major may be taken online, in residency and through a union partner or any combination of the above provided it is within the major area of study. 

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

Lastly, student must complete at least 3 credits towards an elective course of their choosing.

The Bachelor of Technical and Professional Studies (BTPS) is a totally online degree and offers four areas of specialization 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) and Labor Studies.  

The BTPS program accepts up to 69 transfer credits and also requires that 15 of the 30 experiential learning credits be in a technical or professional area.  Students who have already completed over 60 hours of coursework are often advised to consider the enrolling in the BA program. 

The National Labor College has three semesters a year; spring, fall and winter. The semesters for both the BA and BTPS programs run concurrently for a period of 16 weeks.  Students enrolled in low residency BA courses are required to attend the week- in- residence which is typically scheduled during the fourth or fifth week of the semester.
Courses run consecutively throughout the day during three time blocks:
 8:00- 11:00 a.m.; 11:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. (with an hour lunch break) and 3:30 until 6:30 p.m. The first class session begins on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. and is followed by two classes the following Sunday from 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m.   Classes run all day from 8:00 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. on Friday. New students should plan to attend the orientation at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Our next semester begins April 28, 2008 and runs through August 15, 2008.  BA students enrolled in low residency courses should plan to attend the scheduled week- in- residence from May 31 through June 6, 2008.   

Students may apply online at  To complete an application you should log onto the IQWeb and open a student account.   Applications may also be submitted by mail or fax along with a $50 application fee.  

On behalf of the National Labor College faculty and staff, we thank you for your interest in our nationally recognized programs and look forward to assisting you as you pursue your educational goals.  If you need further assistance please contact me at the number listed below.