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.

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-animal issues.

ANZ 503 Religious Perspectives on Animals  3 credits
Views and treatments of animals in the world’s religions.  Animals in religion as a source of human solace and human plight.

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 508 Applied Animal Behavior  3 credits
The adaptation of animals to interactions with humans.  Provision of service to humans by animals.  Solutions to problems involving animals.

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 510 Animals in Humane Education and Development  3 credits
The roles of animals in childhood development, and in our educational systems.  Developmental ties among human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection.  Integral dimensions of a healthy, just society.  animals and animal themes in humane education.

ANZ 511 Companion Animals in Society  3 credits
The social and biological history of companion animals.  The unique roles that companion animals play in human lives.  Issues of population control, and pet industry reforms.

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 513 Animals in Science  3 credits
The study of animals in nature, and the use of animals in sciences such as bio-medicine and psychology.

ANZ 514 Animals in the Food Industry  3 credits
The historical and modern use of animals as human food.  Evolutionary, nutritional, health, environmental, and humane concerns.

ANZ 515 Animals and the Economy  3 credits
Study of the economics related to animal involvement in human societies.  The $40B companion animal industry.  The $100B impact of animals as food.  Relationships to other economic segments.

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 517 Animal Protection as a Social Movement  3 credits
Historical development/evolution of mankind’s attitudes toward animals.  Ties with other “Green” movements, with particular emphasis on the special relationship that exists between animal protection and environmental protection.  A global perspective will be taken on these issues in considering the past, present and future of animal protection as a social movement. 

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 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 538 Animals in Popular Culture  3 credits
Representation of animals in popular and mass-mediated culture—film, television, fiction, animation, comics, graphic novels, art, and the internet—and how this shapes and reveals cultural values. By studying selected elements of popular culture, students will also look at how we understand and represent concepts like “human,” “nature,” and “culture.”

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 Independent Research  3-9 credits
As an exception, selected students may be permitted to substitute a graduate-level research project in place of the internship.  This course can count for as few as three, or as many as nine, credits depending on the size and scope of the project.