The Animal Studies major is meant to help students become more knowledgeable about animals and their various and multidimensional relationships with humans, introduce students to multiple lenses through which to understand animals and their relationship to humankind, and provide experiences that allow students to apply and expand this knowledge. At the same time, the major will require students to choose a focus area outside the field in order to help them develop knowledge and skills tailor-made to complement the individual student?s interests in studying animals.

The major includes five foundational courses (two lower-level and three upper-level), three other courses (Science; Humanities, Society, & Culture; Application), two electives, and the completion of a minor which complements their interests. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Foundational Classes (first year and sophomore year)

  • AZ 200 Introduction to Animal Studies
  • Statistics course: (note: in the case of PS 200 and PS210M Methods I & II, both courses must be taken)

Other Classes

  • One Science Class (AZ 212 Marine Mammal Science, PS 212 Comparative Psychology, PS 309 Biopsychology, one of: ES 270N Introduction to Environmental Biology OR BI 111N Ecology Evolution and Diversity OR MS 102N Biological Oceanography)
  • One Humanities, Society, & Culture Class (Animal Ethics, RE 252E Animals and Religion, TH 280A Animals and Performance, CM 328 Human-Animal Communication, LI 231H Knowing the Animal Through Literature, AZ 231H Writing the Animal, PL 201H Philosophy Topics: Animals and Experience)
  • OneApplication Class (HD 210 Counseling Strategies: Theory and Practice, CM 121 Fundamentals of Oral Communication, FI 210A Introduction to Filmmaking, MN 411 Social Entrepreneurship, PO 102S Introduction to American National Government and Politics, PO 202E Public Policymaking in America, MN 406S Non-Profit Management, CO 202 Writing for Social Change, CW 220A Journalism, CW 348A Feature Writing)

Elective Courses: Two additional courses. Can be from one of the Science; Humanities, Society, & Culture; Application courses listed above; also, other electives can be Special Topics in Animal Studies, such as BE 320E Role of the Modern Zoo, AZ 331 Conservation Education - Zoos and Aquariums, Animal Learning and Training Class, or (no more than one) discipline-approved Winter Term course.

Upper-level Foundational Courses (junior/senior years)

  • Animal Behavior (pre-req: AZ 200S & Statistics)
  • AZ 344 Practicum in Animal Studies
  • AZ 498 Capstone Seminar
    • The Animal Studies Major requires students to minor (or double major) in a discipline of their choice. Note: You can only double count two courses in the Minor (or second major) for the Animal Studies major.

      The minor in Animal Studies requires six courses, three required courses and three additional courses as follows:

      • AZ 200 Introduction to Animal Studies
      • Statistics Course
      • Animal Behavior
      • Three additional Animal Studies courses (any that count towards the Animal Studies major, at least one at 300+ level)

      Students can double count no more than two courses for their major towards the Animal Studies Minor.