The Anthrozoology major explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing our knowledge about this bond and by assessing how animals enrich our lives, we can improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. Carroll College's unique experiential approach provides students with both scientific and academic rigor and the hands-on application of the knowledge gained.
Carroll College's Anthrozoology major is designed so that students learn foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding not only through classroom learning, but also hands-on labs.
Dogs have long been used in service to humans: guide dogs for the blind, service dogs for mobility impaired, search and rescue, police dogs, and working ranch dogs. The Anthrozoology major not only educates students about the canine-human bond, but it also gives back to the dogs with whom they partner. Carroll College and Helena's local animal shelter work together to rehabilitate rescue dogs for a life of successful human-canine partnership. Through this relationship, Anthrozoology students get the unique opportunity to learn and practice canine training techniques specific to animal assisted activities and therapies, search and rescue, or both.
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 Look Like in This Program?
Most upper-division courses include an in-class component where you learn the theories behind the subject, and a lab component where you apply what you have learned with real horses and dogs.
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.
Graduates of the Anthrozoology Program will have opportunities to immediately enter the field or continue on to graduate programs.
Those students continuing with their education may explore such fields as clinical psychology, social work, 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?
Check out this internship opportunity: ASPCA Government Relations Internship - Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
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.
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.