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Minor in Animal Studies

Director:

Anderson

Animal Studies Advisory Board:

Becker, Fingerut, Goldthwaite, McDonald

Program Overview
Animal Studies is an interdisciplinary field that aims not only to investigate animals themselves, but also the relationship between human and non-human animals. Animal Studies brings together scholarship from the social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities. The Animal Studies minor exposes students to courses focusing on human and animal relations and interactions, animal biology/physiology, animal behavior and cognition, and the role played by non-human animals in the larger world around them. The selection of courses is designed to yield a greater knowledge of and appreciation for animals and our relationship with them.

Goals and Objectives of the Animal Studies Minor

  • Students will develop a greater understanding of human-animal interactions and relationships
  • Students will develop a greater understanding of animal biology/physiology, behavior and cognition
  • Students will develop a greater understanding of the role played by non-human animals in the larger world around them
  • Students will be exposed to ethical issues surrounding human-animal relationships

The Minor

All students seeking the minor will take the following courses:

1. PSY 208 Human-Animal Relations (PSY 100 or PSY 101 is prerequisite)

2. An understanding of how human and non-human animals relate and interact requires understanding form and function of the organisms, so all students seeking to minor in Animal Studies will complete one of the following courses:

BIO 260 Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 101 or BIO 165 are prerequisites), or BIO 406 Comparative Anatomy, or BIO 417 Systemic Physiology (These courses all have prerequisites).

3. A background in the biological underpinnings of behavior is helpful when considering the interactions and relationships between human and non-human animals. All students seeking to minor in Animal Studies must take PSY 201 Biological Bases of Behavior. (PSY 100 or 101 is prerequisite)

4. Students will take three additional courses to complete the Animal Studies minor (Note: many of these have pre-requisites and/or co-requisites); at least one of these courses must be from a department other than Psychology or Biology. Students may choose from among the following, which are included in order to provide additional knowledge of human and non-human animal relations and interactions, animal biology/physiology, animal behavior and cognition, and the role of non-human animals in the larger world around them:

 

Independent Study*

 

Independent Research*

 

Independent Research*

BIO 261

Anatomy and Physiology II

BIO 401

Animal Behavior

BIO 407

Developmental Biology

BIO 409

Ecology

BIO 419

Invertebrate Zoology

CLA 201

Classical Mythology

ENG 150

Nature in America**

ENG 426

Nature Writing in America

ENG 452

Writing and Reading Animals

ENV 101

Environmental Science

ENV 106

Exploring the Earth

HIS 386

American Environmental History

PHL 282

People, Animals, and Ethics

PHL 316

Food and Justice

PHL 328

Philosophy and Evolution: Consciousness and the Human-Animal Connection

POL 327

Environmental Politics in America

PSY 221

Animal Learning and Memory

PSY 225

Comparative Animal Behavior

At least half (three) of the courses counting toward the minor must come from outside the student’s major department.

Notes:

* With permission of the Animal Studies Director, students can count one semester of an appropriate independent study, research, or internship toward the minor (in category 4).

** This course is a freshman seminar