Course Descriptions

ANZ 501 Introduction to Anthrozoology  3 credits
An engagement with the fundamental issues of the field of Anthrozoology by evaluating the history of human/nonhuman interactions, the categories into which human have sorted animals, and a variety of science-based and value-based approaches to humans’ inevitable intersection with other living beings.To achieve this end, this course immerses students in the processes of critical thinking, interdisciplinary approaches, science-based literacies, ethics-focused evaluations, and cross-cultural inquiries.

ANZ 502 Animal Ethics  3 credits
Analysis of different approaches to ethics as this key human ability has been discussed in different domains and throughout history as applying to human-nonhuman issues.

ANZ 503 Religious Perspectives on Animals  3 credits
Views and treatment of nonhuman animals in the world’s many different religions (both large and small) are analyzed as significant factors in a majority of humans’ thinking and valuing of other living beings.

ANZ 504 Animals, Public Policy, and the Law  3 credits
An exploration of both American and other national approaches to public policy and law as factors impacting modern societies’ views and treatment of nonhuman animals. Particular emphasis is given to issues involving companion animals, wildlife, research animals, and food animals.

ANZ 505 Research Methods in Anthrozoology  3 credits
Introduction to the methods of social and natural science.  Practical experience with study design, data analysis and interpretation.

ANZ 506 Animal Behavior/Animal Communication  3 credits
The behavior of animals in their natural contexts (as evolutionary adaptations).  The means by which animals communicate with each other.

ANZ 507 The Mental Lives of Animals  3 credits
Exploration of the perceptual world of animals.  Animal information processing and the mental lives of animals.  Animal Emotions

ANZ 509 Animal Assisted Interventions  3 credits
Use of animals to improve the lives of humans in therapeutic and other settings.  The role of exotic animals and equine-assisted therapy.

ANZ 512 Animals in Literature  3 credits
Review of the roles animals play in classical and modern literature, theater and film.  Influences on societal perceptions of animals stemming from their use as fictional characters and/or as metaphors.

ANZ 516 Understanding Indifference and Animal Abuse  3 credits
The Dawkins standards of animal welfare.  Veterinary forensics.  Animal-focused crimes.  Assessment of rehabilitation and recovery.  Cultural perspectives.

ANZ 518 Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond 3 credits
Exploration of studies of human-animal relationships from four subfields of psychology (social, biological, developmental, and cognitive). Evaluation of the claim that human-animal relationships benefit humans.

ANZ 524 Shelters, Rescues, & Pounds   3 credits
An in-depth look at why animals are relinquished to shelters and the programs shelters have established to help keep pets in their homes. Examination of advantages and disadvantages of different animal sheltering models and shelter adoption policies . Investigate how various shelter models are implemented across the country and the programs shelters have established to meet the needs of their region.

ANZ 526 Animal Welfare  3 credits
The scientific study of animal welfare.  Different measures used to asses animal welfare in diverse settings.  The practical construction of effective solutions to welfare problems.

ANZ 528 Embracing Coexistence 1 credit
A schematic overview of the history of ideas concerning humanity, the wilderness, and animals. Topics include art history, music, demography, human-animal conflict, bioethics, anthrozoological filmmaking, protected areas, reconciliation, animal rights and futurism.

ANZ 530 Animals as Commodities  3 credits
Three main areas in which animals “serve” humans: as food, as research tools, and as pets. Critical evaluation from an anthrozoological perspective to look at how humans use non-human animals, focusing primarily on both the United States and other cultures.

ANZ 531 Cross Cultural Anthrozoology  3 credits
Critical evaluation of human-animal interactions from the perspectives of anthropology and anthrozoology. Symbolic, economic, ecological, and social consequences of human/non-human animal interaction in a variety of cross-cultural contexts. A global perspective is used to help students better understand world trends regarding modernization and its consequences to animals and their habitats. The concept of animal as mediated by culture, and how belief systems contribute to current animal, human, and environmental social problems.

ANZ 532 Conservation Psychology  3 credits
This course will focus on how people think about wildlife-conservation-related issues, and how advocates of conservation can influence that thinking. 

ANZ 534 Animal Geographies  3 credits
An interdisciplinary approach to the complex and meaningful ways in which humans and animals occupy both physical and theoretical “spaces,” as well as place-based contexts of human-animal relationships. Emphasis given to features of actual lives, including animal subjectivities and geographical movements within individual and evolutionary time frames (zoogeography), and human impacts on animal bodies and landscapes through agriculture, domestication, captivity, hunting, resource extraction, urbanization, medicine, and technological innovation.

ANZ 601 Anthrozoology Internship  3-9 credits
Field and workplace experiential learning in variety of sites throughout the US and the world, including animal shelters, zoos, sanctuaries, rehabilitation centers, therapy-focused work with animals, humane education organizations, and other settings.  This course can count for as few as three, or as many as nine, credits depending on the size and scope of the project.

ANZ 602/603 Independent Research   3-9 credits
Students may, with the permission of the ANZ 602 instructor or the ANZ 603 instructor, substitute a graduate-level research project in place of the internship. This course can, if the instructor agrees, count for as few as three, or as many as nine, credits depending on the size and scope of the project.