Students in the Safety and Health program study policy, standards, and union strategies. In addition, they learn technical skills to improve their understanding and application of worker safety and health principles.
|LBSH-4510||  ||Foundations of Safety and Health|
|LBSH-4620||  ||Industrial Hygiene|
|and any 3 of these: |
|LBSH-4550||  ||Self-Directed Study in Occupational Health and Safety|
|LBSH-4590||  ||Bioterrorism: Agents and Emergency Response|
|LBSH-4600||  ||Hazardous Materials Transportation|
|LBSH-4601||  ||Workplace Hazards and the Law|
|LBSH-4606||  ||HazMat/Chemical Emergency Response|
|(OSHA, HZMT, EMGT, or LBUS courses with departmental or advisor approval)|
|LBSH-4950||  ||Capstone Writing Seminar (with residency)|
What is a residency?
A residency is an opportunity for students to meet face-to-face with professors, school professionals, and other students during an intensive four-day gathering scheduled over a long weekend. The first required residency is part of the course Living Labor History and must be taken in the first or second semester of study. This residency will include tours, meetings and class sessions during which students will learn how working people use history to build a powerful labor movement. The final residency will take place as students complete their programs as part of the Capstone Writing Seminar.
New students may choose from one of the upcoming Living Labor History residencies:
- Fall 2013: October 11-14 (noon Friday - noon Monday)
- Spring 2014: February 14-17 (noon Friday - noon Monday)
Learn more about SLS residencies.
The NLC offers affordable tuition rates:
- $297.00 per credit hour for AFL-CIO affiliated union members, their family, and members of Working America, the AFL-CIO’s community affiliate.
- $358.00 per credit hour for non AFL-CIO affiliated union members and their family.
School of Labor Studies Major
Requires students to complete 36 credits – 12 required courses of 3 credits each.
Required Core Courses for All School of Labor Studies Degrees
All courses earn 3 credit hours.
LBCC-4100 Living Labor History
This course introduces students to the major developments of working people, their organizations, and their communities over the course of American history. Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the formation of the modern labor movement as a transition from 19th century "producers" organizations to the founding of the early American Federation of Labor, the rise of the Congress of Industrial Organizations, and the social economic, and political forces shaping labor since 1945. Required for students in SLS majors. (Course has a Residency component)
NLCC-4200 Labor and Work in the United States
This course is designed to provide students with an advanced understanding of issues related to what unions do (with a specific focus on the rights and responsibilities of union members, organizing, and bargaining), labor-management relations (including conflict resolution, labor law and contract administration), the structure of the contemporary labor movement and labor's contributions to American society. Students will explore issues in political economy, globalization and the lingering economic crisis, and the course will conclude with an overview of comparative labor relations. Students in this course will become familiar with the required writing and analytical standards of the College. [7-week format] Required for all major programs in SLS and SPS
LBCC-4300 Research Methods
Research Methods is an advanced course designed to provide SLS students with the tools necessary to conduct social science research related to their courses and assignments. In this course, students will devise and write a research design for the required Capstone Project in their program. The course examines and compares various strategies for data collection and analysis, and provides an understanding of the appropriate use of various research methods for addressing different research problems. [A student may not receive credit for both this course and LBCR-4700]
LBCC-4400 Labor and Politics
This course provides an overview of the institutions and processes of the American political system as they relate to organized labor and working people. Students will engage in critical analysis of selections from American political thought, important milestones in American political development, and organized labor's role in the political process from the Workingmen's Associations to labor's contemporary engagement in campaigns and elections, lobbying and coalition politics.
NLCC-4500 Labor and Work in the Global Economy
This course offers students an overview of comparative industrial relations systems and practices within the context of a globalized economy. In addition to looking at broader debates surrounding globalization and change, this course will explore the employment relationship from a comparative perspective, including but not limited to Canada, the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, France, and China. [7-week format] Required for all major programs in SLS and SPS
LBCC-4600 Labor and Employment Law
This course examines the broad range of issues related to the law, workers and unions. Students critically examine the evolution of labor and employment law, different types of law that apply to workers and unions (statutes, common law, administrative law, etc.), the limits of the law and general rules that workers confront on the job (such as the employment-at-will rule and its exceptions). Specific topics also include the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), which covers many (but not all) private sector workers, how most public sector bargaining statutes draw upon the NLRA, and how various state and local labor laws vary from the NLRA and how administrative agencies enforcing these state laws sometimes function differently from the National Labor Relations Board.
LBSH-4510 Foundations in Safety and Health
This course is intended for health and safety majors and other students who may be interested in labor safety and health. This online course will provide students with core competencies required for a basic understanding of the field of labor safety and health, and includes modules concentrating on health and safety and the government, how to find and use resources, introduction to science/engineering, hazard recognition and abatement, issues update, and case studies in occupational safety and health.
LBSH-4620 Industrial Hygiene
In this applied course, students are encouraged to collaboratively develop solutions to their industrial hygiene problems on the job. Industrial hygiene principles will be critiqued. Controversy regarding the use of permissible limits for exposure to hazards will be discussed. Students will learn to use the Internet and other resources to research workplace exposure issues. Solutions to problems on the job and/or case studies will be explored.
LBSH-4550 Self-Directed Study in Occupational Health and Safety
This course is for Health and Safety majors and other students interested in pursuing a self-directed study (reading and writing) of importance to them in the area of occupational safety and health. Students will work with faculty to determine scope of work and design of work product. Requires Department Chair's approval
LBSH-4590 Bioterrorism: Agents and Emergency Response
This course is designed to provide workers with the knowledge and information on how best to respond to a terrorist attack while providing a perspective of the historical, preparedness, response and psychological implications of terrorism and offers several modules designed to identify the biological agents of primary concern to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture which include Anthrax, Smallpox, Tularemia/Plague, and Botulism/Foodborne.
LBSH-4600 Hazardous Materials Transportation
Students in this course will be trained to recognize hazardous materials incidents in transportation. Students will learn methods, using multiple resources, of identifying the presence of hazardous materials in an emergency situation and how to initiate the emergency response sequence. This course addresses awareness level training requirements of both OSHA and DOT.
LBSH-4601 Workplace Hazards and the Law
This course is intended for students seeking a health and safety program and who want to make a difference in worker safety and health-protecting and preventing co-workers from becoming sick or being injured, or being killed in the workplace. This course examines workplace hazards -how to recognize, identify, and control hazards; workers' rights and responsibilities associated with these hazards; and how working with unions on issues of safety and health can make a difference.
LBSH-4606 Hazardous Materials Transportation/Chemical Emergency Response
This five-day course addresses OSHA and DOT-required procedures for different levels of response, and worker protection in the event of a hazardous materials emergency or release. Training includes advanced classroom instruction, intensive hands-on drills, a simulated hazmat response in full safety gear, and provides participants an additional training opportunity for completing an OSHA 10-Hour Outreach Course. Training is funded through a worker training cooperative agreement with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS).
LBSH-4950 Capstone Writing Seminar
The Capstone Writing Seminar is designed to guide students through the completion of their Capstone Project, the final requirement for all students in the School of Labor Studies. The essential question driving the Capstone Seminar is this: How can labor be a force for social change? Students are encouraged to select a research topic to effect change within their major area of study. They will conduct original research on this topic within a selected methodological framework, critically analyze their results, and present their findings in written and oral form to their peers. The most common format for the Capstone Project is a research paper, although flexibility in methodologies and outcomes is encouraged on the part of the students and faculty. Students will select their topics and design their research in cooperation with the Seminar instructor and Labor Studies faculty in their major area of study. (This course has a Residency component.)