Center for Working Class Studies




The Center for Working Class Studies undertakes projects that explore and support the study and advocacy of working class culture. We encourage interdisciplinary, community-based and collaborative projects that tell the story of work, labor, and class in its myriad forms and voices.


The CWCS offers a variety of resources for understanding working-class culture. Along with creating original resource collections, we have gathered links to online projects, organizations, and museums.


Our work on teaching has focused on two major concerns: teaching working-class students and teaching about class. YSU, like many other state universities and community colleges, enrolls many first-generation college students. These students bring important assets and experience into the classroom, and their success in college depends in part on having faculty and advisors who understand their needs.