Why Anthrozoology?

The best college major you've never heard of

Do you consider your pet part of your family? Have you ever been struck wondering about the unique bond between humans and domesticated animals? Have you ever tried to think of all the ways that humans rely on other animals, and how much they have shaped our lives? 

Humans have been engaged in relationships with other species for tens of thousands of years. Yet until the last few decades, academia has largely ignored these types of interactions. Animals have long served as objects of study—in biology, zoology, medical science, anthropology, and the like—but were rarely considered to be more than simply objects of study.

Carroll’s Anthrozoology program offers students a window into the animal-human relationship. The program was first created in 2004 by Dr. Anne Perkins as the world’s very first anthrozoology minor, and, in 2011, Carroll College officially unveiled its major program alongside its minor.

Today, Carroll offers one of a just a dozen undergraduate anthrozoology program in the nation, and the only one with a strong hands-on component. As a student here, you’ll prepare for your future role as a leader in this emerging discipline and someone with the ability to actually shape the field. You’ll benefit from internship and research opportunities with our partner organizations like Zoo MontanaWorking Dogs for Conservation; and Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch. Through our work-study program you can also find work while still a student here. And our faculty are leaders in the field who will offer you valuable connections around the world.

What can you do with an anthrozoology degree?

  • You can work at an animal shelter or sanctuary
  • You can work at a veterinarian’s office
  • You can become an animal behaviorist
  • You can work in humane or environmental education
  • You can get a job at an animal protection or environmental organization
  • You can work for a government agency with a connection to animals, such as the USDA, the US Fisheries and Wildlife Service, or other agencies
  • You can become a naturalist
  • You can be an animal trainer
  • You can work at a zoo or aquarium, either with animals, or in another capacity such as outreach, administration, or fundraising
  • You can be an animal nutritionist
  • You can do animal-assisted therapy
  • You can work in counseling, focusing on subjects like pet loss or the human/animal violence connection
  • You can be a lab animal technician
  • You can be an animal welfare inspector for the government
  • You can work with support animals or the people who need them
  • You can be a wildlife rehabilitator
  • You can provide therapy for animals
  • You can do humane law enforcement
  • You can be an animal photographer