Courses

AZ 200: 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.

AZ 210N: Animal Diversity:Vertebrates
Survey course of vertebrate biology and ecology as it relates to the interdisciplinary field of Animal Studies.

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. Prerequisite: AZ 200 and Sophomore standing.

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 220: Animal-Assisted Interventions
This course explores the interdisciplinary and evidence-based practices of partnering with nonhuman animals in diverse roles to provide clinical services for humans and includes discussion of the ethical and practical implications of these healthcare. Prerequisites: PS 101S or AZ 200

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 224: Writing the Animal
Explores natural history writing, specifically how scientific understandings of animals, technologies for studying animals, and strategies for writing about animals have co-evolved. Fulfills writing intensive requirement.

AZ 260M: Stats Methods: Animal Studies
Introduction to quantitative techniques for data analysis in animal studies and interpretation of statistics in the professional animal studies literature. Univariate description, bivariate description, and statistical inference. Prerequisites: AZ 200 and Sophomore standing.

AZ 300: Wild Cat Science
Explores the life history, biology, and conservation of wild cats (felids). Health, behavior, and conservation of wild felids as well as the interaction with humans will all be explored. Prerequisite: AZ 200 and Sophomore standing.

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 314: Great Apes
Explores the life history, behavior, perception, and conservation of great apes. Content areas include social behavior, culture, language skills, and contemporary issues like the use of great apes in laboratory research. Prerequisites: AZ200 and Sophomore standing.

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. Prerequisites: AZ 200 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: AZ200, junior standing, and permission of instructor.

AZ 360: Wildlife Rehabilitation
Introduction to the biological, behavioral, ethical, and medical aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Focus will be on Florida species, but global wildlife rehabilitation efforts will also be highlighted. Perquisites: AZ200 and JR/SR standing

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 AZ200.

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

AZ 499: Senior Thesis