Labor and Community Studies

What will I learn in this program?

The Labor and Community Studies Department offers a two-year Associate in Arts Degree in Labor and Community Studies.  The program prepares students for transfer to similar programs at four-year colleges and universities and for careers in public interest work.  It teaches students the contributions of working class people to American society, with a special attention to organized labor, immigrants, people of color, women and LGBT people.  It gives a thorough grounding in the rights of employees, including union rights.  It offers specialized instruction in the history and current status of movements for social change and includes classes in organizing, community economics, community arts and political advocacy.  It combines class work with internships and connects students to the broader community of public interest advocates.  The course of study includes instruction in working class history, workplace rights, union and community organizing, economics, politics, art and social change, community advocacy, environmental justice, communications, public relations and organizational development, among others.  Students are advised to seek a four-year degree as the most direct route to good careers in public interest employment.

The Department offers two credit certificate programs, the Cesar Chavez Certificate of Accomplishment in Advocacy Training and the Solidarity Forever/Si Se Puede Advanced Certificate of Accomplishment in Advocacy Training.  These Certificates prepare students for advocacy careers and for lives as active members of their communities.  These programs teach the history of organized labor and social change movements.  They teach students how to organize, communicate and motivate.  They combine class work with public interest internships and connect students with transfer and career opportunities.  The certificates are named for slogans, songs and exemplary individuals from working people’s history.

What kind of jobs can I get once I complete the program? How much will they pay? What “demand” is expected for these jobs?


Average Annual Salary

Expected Regional Demand

Community and Social Service Specialists


Average Growth

Social and Human Service Assistants


Average Growth

Union Staff Person


Average Growth

Jobs with unions and with related advocacy organizations such as workers’ centers offer sustaining and fulfilling career paths to program participants.

Does this program have any special enrollment requirements?

Consultation with Labor and Community Studies Department Chair is advised.

Does this program have any special costs?


How long will it take to complete this program?


Time to Complete*

Associates in Arts in Labor and Community Studies

2 Years

Cesar Chavez Certificate of Accomplishment

1-2 Semesters

Solidarity Forever/Si Se Puede Certificate of Accomplishment

1-2 Semesters

*Based on full-time attendance or 12 units per semester

How do I get more information on this program?

Department website:
Department contact information:  Evans Campus, (415) 550-4459
Program coordinator information Bill Shields, Chair;