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Interdisciplinary Course Acts as Crystal Ball

Class Analyzes Future of Work

Chancellor Meehan joins instructors and students in an interdisciplinary course called "The Future of Work."

02/20/2008
By For more information, contact media@uml.edu or 978-934-3224

Like college students everywhere, participants in the “Future of Work in the Global Economy” course have a consuming concern: Where will the good jobs come from after graduation? 

The labor market is increasingly competitive, and continually changing.  To understand the variety of influences at work, professors from three departments and two members of the Labor Extension Program have joined to deliver a class designed to study old and new technology, income distribution, globalization and work restructuring.

Economics Prof. Monica Galizzi, RESD Prof. Bob Forrant, Engineering Prof. Julie Chen, and Mike Prokosch and Charlie Richardson of the Labor Extension Program recently invited Chancellor Meehan to attend their class and witness first-hand the benefits of a cross-departmental approach.

“Our aim is to provide students with tools to assess and possibly anticipate economic trends to better shape their college experiences and careers,” says Galizzi.  “We hope they become thoughtful citizens when economic and public policy decisions are made, and that this introduction will increase their appreciation for different academic disciplines.”

The course has no prerequisites, and is designed for a range of undergraduates.  For more information contact Monica_Galizzi@uml.edu, Robert_Forrant@uml.edu, or Julie_Chen@uml.edu.