Anthrozoology Major or Minor

Anthrozoology at Carroll

Anthrozoology is an interdisciplinary field that explores the spaces that animals occupy in human social and cultural worlds and the interactions humans have with them. Central to this field is an exploration of the ways in which animal lives intersect with human cultures.

At its core, the field of anthrozoology is about understanding the incredibly complex and often contradictory relationships that humans share with other species. We look at the good—how animals make our lives richer, more meaningful, and healthier—and the bad—the vast levels of human exploitation of other animals to serve human needs.

Anthrozoology at Carroll College

As a student in the anthrozoology program, you’ll explore human-animal interactions through a variety of disciplines, including psychology, sociology, anthropology, and geography, and develop the knowledge and skills to improve the lives of both animals and people through animal-assisted therapy, veterinary medicine, humane education, and other service occupations. The program blends a core liberal arts education, specialized psychology, theology, and anthropology courses, and classroom theory with extensive hands-on training in which you’ll work with horses, dogs, cats, and even wildlife.

The Anthrozoology program at Carroll gives majors a broad perspective on human-animal relations, but also allows students to minor in Anthrozoology. Our department offers three minor programs:

  • Canine Minor—You’ll learn canine training techniques working with regional shelter dogs, which also benefit from our program since we’re rehabilitating them from their lives at dog rescues. Your education and training will be specific to animal-assisted activities and therapies, search and rescue, or scent detection.
  • Equine Minor—You’ll explore the many ways the horse-human relationship can contribute to psychological, physical, and spiritual well-being. In addition to learning about the implications of the horse-human relationship throughout history and developing essential skills to work in the field of equine assisted activities and therapies, you’ll also gain a strong foundation in safe and ethical horsemanship practices.
  • Animals and Society Minor (proposal in progress)—You’ll learn about animals in human cultures over space and time in classes from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. This new minor is for students who want to have a broad scholarly look at human-animal interactions, and is a terrific preparation for graduate school, as well as a career in various animal-oriented professions.

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