Program Director: Steven A. Fesmire, Ph.D.
Division of Environmental Studies and Management
Animal Studies is a new interdisciplinary field that is emerging as a response to the profound impact of human practices on other species and rising concern about animal use and treatment. The study of animals in an interdisciplinary context—the natural and social sciences, the humanities, law and policy, etc.—bears on how students understand themselves and on what policies they will endorse in relation to nonhuman nature.
In addition to biological study of animal behavior and conservation, students in this minor will have an opportunity to explore issues associated with, among others: livestock agriculture, animal rights law, wildlife management, hunting, traditional animal husbandry, animal experimentation, veterinary care, landscape sustainability, threatened biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, animals in recreation, activist ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal pain and suffering, animal cognition, culture in animals, bushmeat, and trade in endangered species.
Minor in Animal Studies
|ENV 3026/PHI 3025: Animal Ethics||3|
| BIO 1034: Fins to Fingers: Vertebrate Natural History and Evolution
BIO 3021: Conservation Biology
BIO 3073: Animal Behavior
ELA 1112: Wildlife Ecology
SFS 2061: Biodiversity Issues in Agriculture: Livestock
SFS 2067: Animal Husbandry
ENV 3028: Wildlife Law & Policy
SFS 3054: Sustainable Farming Systems
NRM 3065: Hunting: History, Ethics, & Management
PSY 1003: Introduction to Psychology