Since 1965, the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources (CIRHR) has brought together professors from many different disciplines to teach and conduct research on all aspects of work, the workplace, labour markets and labour relations. CIRH offers two areas of study: Industrial Relations and Human Resources and Work and Organizations. The Work and Organization (WO) programs is divided into three streams.
The overarching goal of the undergraduate program in IRHR is to offer an interdisciplinary learning opportunity in which to study the ‘world of work and employment’ in a Canadian and global context from the perspectives of economics, history, law, management, political science, psychology and sociology. The program provides students with a theoretical background and knowledge of current developments in the field that will serve as a basis for career areas such as:
- Human Resources Generalist
- Recruitment Specialist
- HR Consultant
- Employment Equity Officer
- Training and Development Consultant
- Corporate Trainer
- Policy Advisor in the Ministry of Labour
- Union Representative
- Labour Relations Specialist
The undergraduate program in IRHR is also a perfect platform from which to enter post-graduate programs in Industrial Relations and Human Resources, Law with a specialisation in labour and employment, as well as policy and labour studies programs.