Animal Studies Minor

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.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Goal 1. Students will develop greater understanding of the nature of animals and the role played by animals in the larger world.

Objective 1.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the role of animals in the broader natural world or in human society.

Objective 1.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of human-animal interactions and relationships.

Objective 1.3: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, historical trends and theoretical perspectives in the discipline of Animal Studies.

Objective 1.4: Students will demonstrate knowledge of animal biology.

Objective 1.5: Students will demonstrate knowledge of animal behavior and cognition.

Goal 2. Students will develop a greater understanding of the ethical issues that surround human-animal interactions.

Objective 2.1: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical perspectives concerning the moral status of animals.

Objective 2.2: Students will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical issues surrounding the use of animals.

The Minor

All students seeking to minor in Animal Studies 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: (These courses all have prerequisites)
    BIO 260Anatomy/Physio I Nurs/Al Hlth (BIO 101 or BIO 165 are prerequisites)4
    BIO 406Comparative Anatomy4
    BIO 417Systemic Physiology4
  3. A background in animal behavior and its underpinnings is helpful when considering the interactions and relationships between human and non-human animals.  All students seeking to minor in Animal Studies must take one of the following courses: (These courses all have prerequisites)
    BIO 401Animal Behavior4
    PSY 201Biological Bases of Behavior3
    PSY 225Comparative Animal Behavior3
  4. Students will take three additional elective 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 1
    Independent Research 1
    Internship 1
    BIO 261Anatomy/Physio Nurs/Al Hlth II4
    BIO 407Developmental Biology4
    BIO 409Ecology4
    BIO 419Invertebrate Zoology4
    BIO 423Evolution4
    CLA 201Love,Sex,Conqst:Classic Myth3
    ENG 150First Year Seminar 23
    ENG 426Nature Writing in America3
    ENG 452Writing and Reading Animals3
    ENV 105The Environment3
    ENV 106Exploring the Earth4
    HIS 386American Environmental History3
    IHS 360TherapRolesAnimals in Hlthcare3
    PHL 282People, Animals, and Ethics3
    PHL 316Food and Justice3
    PHL 328Philosophy and Evolution3
    POL 327Environmental Politics in Am3
    PSY 201Biological Bases of Behavior 33
    PSY 221Animal Learning and Memory3

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