Courses

AZ 200S: Introduction to Animal Studies
The interdisciplinary study of animal life history, behavior, and the interactions of humans and other animals. Content areas include conservation, research, zoos and aquariums, animal ethics, and media representation of animals. No prerequisites.

AZ 212: Marine Mammal Science
Explores the language and methodology of science, including biology, evolution,, ecology, and conservation, within the context of marine mammal science.

AZ 217S: Animals and Popular Culture
Examines how our representation of animals reflects popular cultural values and affects animal lives. Explores practices like hunting, pet-keeping, farming, and animals in entertainment through critical examination of television, movies, the Internet, and other media.

AZ 223S: Introduction to Animal Law
Explores how U.S. law reflects society's views of animals and affects animal lives. Covers important legislation (like the Animal Welfare Act), legal concepts (like "animal rights"), and legal advocacy efforts, such as great ape "personhood".

AZ 309G: Global Animal Studies
Examines human-animal relationships through a global lens. Considers a diverse range of worldviews and cultural practices, exploring the multifarious relationships that exist between humans and other animals around the world.

AZ 325: Conservation Education: Zoos & Aquariums
Examine techniques that zoos and aquariums use to engage their guests, connect people to animals, and inspire conservation action. Students will also become Certified Interpretive Guides through the National Association for Interpretation. Prerequisites: AZ 200S and Jr/Sr standing.

AZ 344: Practicum in Animal Studies
Field work which allows for the practical application of Animal Studies principles. Requires 130 hours of supervised work in an animal studies-related setting (fulfills 40 RSL hours). May be repeated for credit (AZ 444). Prerequisites: AZ200S: Introduction to Animal Studies, junior standing, and permission of instructor.

AZ 375: Animal Behavior
The interdisciplinary study of animal behavior, emphasizing the underlying functions and mechanisms and of behavior, animal communication systems, animal behavior methodologies, and cultural transmission of behavior across a variety of taxa. Prerequisites: Statistics and AZ200S

AZ 444: Practicum in Animal Studies II
Practicum in Animal Studies II: Second semester of field work in the community which allows for the practical application of Animal Studies principles. Requires 130 hours of supervised work in an animal-related setting.

AZ 498: Capstone in Animal Studies
Integrate, discuss and present theories, professional studies and practices from sub-disciplines of Animal Studies. Complete capstone research project to identify and solve problem relevant to issues encountered by professionals in chosen sub-discipline. Prerequisite: AZ 344