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.


The CWCS Archives, housed in YSU's Maag Library, includes the proceedings from three of our conferences, newsletters dating back to 2004, and the working-class studies bibliography, created between 1995 and 2000.