Animals' roles in our society are changing. People want to partner with horses, dogs, and wildlife for their education and career. They aspire to improve the lives of humans and animals through animal-assisted therapy, veterinary medicine, and other service occupations. The Anthrozoology major explores the human-animal bond and gives students the tools to follow their dream of working with animals to improve the lives of humans and animals.
Academic Approach to Human-Animal Interactions
Most upper-division courses include an in-class component where students learn the theories behind the subject, and a lab component where students apply what they learn with horses, dogs, and even wildlife.
The Anthrozoology major educates students about the canine-human bond, but it also gives back to the dogs with whom they partner. Carroll College works with regional shelters to rehabilitate rescue dogs for a successful human-canine partnership. We train students to train dogs. Our students learn and practice canine training techniques specific to animal-assisted activities and therapies, search and rescue, or scent detection. Some students learn techniques in more than one area, with different canine partners.
Equine classes explore the horse-human relationship and the scientific evidence of its contribution to psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. Anthrozoology students learn the historic to modern implications of the horse-human relationship and are broadly exposed to the field of equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT). Anthrozoology students gain a strong foundation in safe and ethical horsemanship practices and are taught activities and methods used in EAAT.
What do classes and internships look like in this department?
The Anthrozoology major combines specialized psychology courses, a core liberal arts education, and hands-on experience gained from working directly with animals. In addition, students can receive academic credit for obtaining certification from related organizations.
We enjoy close relationships with organizations that partner with animals, like Zoo Montana, Working Dogs for Conservation, Montana, Fish, Wildlife and Parks, and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. Our students have access to unique learning opportunies and internships through these regional organizations.
Anthrozoology graduates have opportunities to immediately enter the field or continue on to graduate programs. Most students go on to graduate school. Students who continue their education explore clinical psychology, social work, animal-welfare law, counseling, physical or occupational therapy, or veterinary school. See the job opportunities on the right side of this page under What Can You Do With This Degree?
The Anthrozoology major at Carroll College is the first degree program of its kind in the nation. Can an animal raise the quality of your life? In the Yellowstone Public Radio program Home Ground, Dr. Anne Perkins explains how she initiated this exciting program, what the students learn, and what they can do with the degree.
In October 2014, Dr. Anne Perkins and Dr. Erica Feuerbacher were interviewed by Jay Scott on the KBLL radio program Focus on Montana. Dr. Perkins and Dr. Feuerbacher stressed Carroll College's focus on training students to train dogs - not just training dogs. Download and listen
Check out this wonderful blog series by Julie Hecht on our own master trainer Tom Brownlee. The first part was bite work, the second part was narcotics detection and the most recent post was her service dog abilities! Julie also spoke on the Carroll campus in March 2011.
Have questions or interested in the program? Send inquiries about the Anthrozoology Program to the director of the program, Dr. Anne Perkins, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406) 447-4329.
A degree in Anthrozoology can help you practically serve your community to bring healing and security through the help of animals. Check out the following article, Special dogs track allergens to keep kids safe.