Anthrozoology Minor

Anthrozoology Minor

Anthrozoology is the groundbreaking new scholarly field of study focusing on the wide-ranging, mutual, and sometimes conflicting, relationships and interactions between humans and non-human animals. The Mission of the department is to educate and provide hands-on involvement for students in the infinitely expanding field of human-animal studies, including the human-animal bond, human interactions with domestic and wild animals, a critical examination of the role of animals in education, agriculture, work, service, and therapy; and the evolving human responsibilities for animal welfare and wild animal conservation.

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Students who minor in Anthrozoology can choose three tracks to specialize in.

1. Canine Minor Track

The Canine minor educate students about the numerous elements of the human-canine relationship, but it also gives back to the dogs in our community. The Carroll College Anthrozoology Department works with regional shelters to foster dogs for eventual adoption in a forever home in our community. This partnership between students and dogs teaches our students fundamental lessons both inside and outside the classroom. Our students learn and practice positive reinforcement based (LIMA) canine training techniques specific to obedience, behavioral problem solving, animal-assisted activities and therapies, service dog tasks, search and rescue, scent detection, physical rehabilitation, and more. Some students choose to learn additional techniques and refine their skills though independent projects in their senior year.

Important note: We teach students how to train dogs in various tasks and skills, and their canine companions learn a variety of these skills. However, we DO NOT train service dogs for the public. If you are looking for a service dog, please contact a service dog organization in your area.

Canine classes not only investigate the vast and complicated human-canine relationship, but they also provide a unique environment for learning and applying canine training techniques for a broad range of purposes.  Students are offered:

  • an unprecedented opportunity for advanced education in learning theory, ethology, canine science, and the intersections of human-canine relationships
  • faculty and student-based research projects exploring canine learning, behavior, cognition, attachment, rehabilitation, health, domestication, and conflict
  • valuable preparation for careers in veterinary medicine, animal training, animal interpretation, clinical psychology, social work, education, or research in animal behavior, learning and cognition.

2. Equine Minor Track

Our equine minor and 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). Equine minors gain a strong foundation in safe and ethical horsemanship practices and are taught activities and methods used in EAAT.

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 and other animals.

3. Animals and Society Minor Track (in process)

The Animals and Society courses and upcoming minor track provide students with a broad look at human-animal relationships and interactions, both real and virtual. Students will take courses from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences on a variety of issues related to the human-animal relationship, including:

  • The role of animals in history
  • Animals in media and popular culture
  • The impact of culture on our relationships with and attitudes towards animals
  • The importance of animals in the lives of children
  • Race, gender and animality
  • The ethical value of animals
  • Religious perspectives on animals
  • Animals, policy and the law
  • Animals and the health care system
  • Working animals and working with animals
  • Animals and crime