Course Descriptions

Anthrozoology Courses

ANZ 107 - Introduction to Anthrozoology

3.00 Cr
Anthrozoology is the study of the interactions and relationships between humans and non-human animals. In this class we explore the variety of the roles that non-human animals play in human society, considering the benefits that we humans receive and the responsibilities we have toward other species. We discuss the multidisciplinary research surrounding these interactions including health benefits humans experience when they share their lives with other species, the link between human and animal violence, animals in religion, zoonosis and many other overlaps between our species. You will become familiar with the many services animals provide for humans beyond food and labor. This high impact course includes field trips. This is a required class for the major and minor in Anthrozoology and a prerequisite for ANZ 108, and is open admission as social science Core class. This is the first step toward preparing the students for a multitude of careers encompassing humans and animals.

ANZ 108 - Survey of Animals in Society

3.00 Cr
The main objective of this course is to expose students broadly to the many and varied ways that animals interact with human society to improve the well-being of communities, educate, sustain, and build social capital. This course embodies a partnership between Carroll College and various organizations and individuals in the greater Helena area and the State of Montana. These entities and individuals will discuss with our students the important work performed with animals that share their lives. In addition, students will have the opportunity to provide service to the community through a group project using human-animal interaction to improve the well-being of communities. This high impact course includes field trips.

ANZ 189 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

ANZ 221 - Familiar Canine

3.00 Cr
This course explores the history and evolution of the relations between domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) and humans. The course covers a wide range of topics on dogs including: genetics, anatomy and physiology, behavior, cognition, domestication, and cross-cultural relationships. The course will also involve direct observations and interactions with dogs. Students should develop skills and knowledge to properly care for and provide a healthy environment for dogs as well as understand the cause of basic health and behavior problems. This course includes a field trip to Yellowstone National Park.

ANZ 231 - Hist Perspec: Horses & Humans

3.00 Cr
This is an introductory course on the relationship between horses and humans in the outer physical world and the inner psychological world. We will investigate this relationship from an historical perspective. We will assess this evolving relationship from the point of view of two main questions: 1) What was the process of this evolution? 2) How does this process inform us about our relationship with horses today?

ANZ 233 - Connecting With Horses

2.00 Cr
This class will provide hands-on experiences with horses. The primary goal is to learn how to keep you, other people and horses safe both physically and psychologically during interactions with each other. Horses are large sentient beings with minds and independent wills. Relationships with horses can become very powerful, exciting and rewarding experiences. There is no right way to build meaningful relationships with horses. However, there are procedures and practices for communicating with horses that are likely to produce positive outcomes and that are based in Learning Theory. The most important being: 1) observational skills, 2) knowledge of horse behavior, 3) positive and negative reinforcement, and 4) interpretations of intention and emotions; both your own and that of the horse. The lab will provide guidance and opportunities to perfect these important equestrian skills. You will be observing and interacting with horses through guided exercises to promote the development of the above skills. This will include herd observations, working with individually assigned horses, observing, and working with your classmates who are engaging with horses.

ANZ 252 - Wild Animals and Society

3.00 Cr
This course engages students in an exploration of the meaning and value of connecting with wild animals. It provides a comprehensive and founda - tional examination of the interactions people have with wild animals, and complements the current course offerings in Anthrozoology pertaining to human interactions with domesticated animals. This course draws on read - ings from a variety of backgrounds to frame the human-wildlife connection as an expression of our desire to interact and connect with nature. This is a way to help overcome the growing separation of humans and nature, and will advance the wellbeing of people and wildlife. The goal is for students to increase their personal effectiveness in the field of Anthrozoology through a greater understanding of diverse perspectives that people hold toward wildlife issues. Students will work on their own and in groups to identify solutions to contemporary wildlife issues and policies that have at their core diverging perspectives of the value and significance of wildlife. Students will learn and practice the scientific method by conducting a social science survey to explore people's views of wildlife.

ANZ 289 - Special Topic

3.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

ANZ 289CD - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

ANZ 321 - Citizen Canine

3.00 Cr
Continuing where Familiar Canine left off, students will apply their knowledge of topics such as husbandry, learning and cognition, and culture to the dogs in their community. During this course students have both the opportunity and responsibility of caring for and training a shelter dog. Basic dog obedience and responsible dog ownership will be a major focus of the course. Students will also learn the application of learning theory and applied behavior analysis, as well as the human-animal conflicts that cause dogs to be relinquished to shelters. Working with assigned dogs is required and assessments are made during the course of students' skill and knowledge regarding dog care, handling, training, and problem solving. Fostering a dog is optional (see ANZ 321L). This course includes both written and oral evaluation techniques.

ANZ 321L - Citizen Canine W/ a Dog Lab

2.00 Cr
This lab is for those students who foster and train an assigned dog or participate in training while not fostering. Students enroll for 2 credits when fostering. Must be enrolled in ANZ 321 and have consent of the instructor to foster a dog. Students fostering enroll for 2-credits.

ANZ 322 - Community Canine

3.00 Cr
This course continues the student's journey into the vast and varied training, handling and application of dogs throughout the world. Many specialized training applications are explored, such as service, therapy, scent work, search and rescue, conservation, etc. Federal and state laws as well as legal considerations will be discussed. A significant portion of the class involves examining the overlap of intersectionality and culture in dog training and human-canine relations. Working with assigned dogs is required and student's will work throughout the semester to train their dog in various specialized skill sets. Fostering a dog is optional (see ANZ 322L). This course includes both written and oral evaluation techniques.

ANZ 322L - Community Canine Lab

2.00 Cr
This lab is a continuation of ANZ 321L for those students who foster and train an assigned dog or participate in training while not fostering. Students enroll for 2 credits fostering.

ANZ 332 - Equine Science:Nature Horses

4.00 Cr
This course focuses on a scientific understanding of the horse and is de - signed to provide students more in-depth information about horse behavior, physiology, and wellness. Understanding the nature of horses contributes to their care and management. Understanding their physical needs and social behavior contributes to a safe and rewarding relationship with these animals. This class is designed to teach students about horses including their care and management. The laboratory component of this class is designed to provide hands-on experiences with horses. During the lab students will be taught specific skills necessary for owning a horse and helpful in working at or managing a stable. Guided instruction will be provided on topics such as first aid, vaccinations, hoof care, horse transport, care and use of tack, pasture management, feeding, manure management and equitation.

ANZ 388 - ANZ Teaching Assistantship

1.00 Cr
The teaching assistantship course provides students with a unique opportunity to apply the skills required in their Anthrozoology course to a real world setting. Students will participate in instructing other students while they learn about anthrozoology and work with horses and dogs. They will provide faculty support in lecture based classes or experiential labs. They will receive increasing levels of responsibility as the semester progresses. This is excellent preparation for graduate school or a student's chosen profession.

ANZ 389 - Special Topic

1.00 Cr
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.

ANZ 421 - Specialized Canine Training

2.00 Cr
This sequence of courses (ANZ421/422) is an optional extension of ANZ321/322. In ANZ421/422 students raise a second dog for another specialized task chosen by the student. Students will employ the training skills they learned in ANZ321/322 and function as a more independent trainer. Most of the training will occur on the student's own time. Regular weekly meetings to ensure meaningful training progress, to address any problems that arise, and to train in a more distracting setting. ANZ421 is the first semester of the two-semester sequence. Students must enroll in both ANZ 421 and ANZ 422.

ANZ 422 - Specialized Canine Training

2.00 Cr
This sequence of courses (ANZ421/422) is an optional extension of ANZ321/322. In ANZ421/422 students raise a second dog for another specialized task chosen by the student. Students will employ the training skills they learned in ANZ321/322 and function as a more independent trainer. Most of the training will occur on the student's own time. Regular weekly meetings to ensure meaningful training progress, to address any problems that arise, and to train in a more distracting setting.

ANZ 425 - Internship

1.00 Cr
Internship Programs Recognizing that learning can take place outside the classroom, Carroll College allows its students to participate in a work program that relates to their area of studies. This employment must relate directly to classroom work in order to qualify for an internship. Close cooperation between Carroll and the participating companies insures a work experience that contributes significantly to the student?s overall growth and professional development. Juniors and seniors in any major area may participate with the approval of the department chairperson, academic advisor, and the internship coordinator. Students will receive academic credit and may or may not receive monetary compensation for an internship. A student may earn a maximum of 6 semester hours in the internship program. Enrollment in the course must be during the same semester in which the majority of the work experience takes place. Interested students should contact their academic advisor and the intership coordinator at the Career Services Office.

ANZ 431 - Equine Asst Actvts & Therapies

1.00 Cr
This course studies the variety of methods used in partnering equines and humans for physiological and psychological benefit. Hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine assisted/facilitated mental health services will be investigated. In addition ethics, standards, training, and research will be examined. This condensed course has an on-line component.

ANZ 431L - Equine Asst Actvts & Therapies

2.00 Cr
This course is the lab component to ANZ 431. This course studies the variety of methods used in partnering equines and humans for physiological and psychological benefit. Hippotherapy, therapeutic riding, and equine assisted/facilitated mental health services will be investigated. In addition ethics, standards, training, and research will be examined.

ANZ 441 - Animal Behavior(WI)

3.00 Cr
In this class students will learn how scientists investigate and interpret the reason and the causes of animal behaviors. There are four general approaches to the study of animal behavior including: evolutionary, ontogenetic, proximate mechanisms, and functional consequences. Students will learn how to apply these different approaches to the study of both domestic and wild animals. The development of normal and abnormal behavior will be an important component of this course. Students will receive systematic instruction in writing through conducting a literature review. Students will gather, review, and synthesize pertinent literature to explain the underlying mechanism responsible for why and how an animal species behaves in a particular way. Students will serve as peer reviewers as well as authors for this assignment. Multiple drafts will culminate in one major paper at the end of the semester.

ANZ 442 - The Science of Animal Welfare

3.00 Cr
This course will explore issues involving the use of animals in agriculture, science, education and society. Students will examine the scientific research involved in understanding and improving domestic animal welfare and the philosophical positions on the use of animals. Topics addressed will include the physiological components of animal well-being, the concept of quality of life, the history of the humane movement, and the changing role of animals in society. The course will include reading, discussion, critical thinking, literature searches and student presentations.

ANZ 485 - Independent Study

1.00 Cr
Independent study is a unique learning opportunity not offered in the regular curriculum or an existing Carroll course offered to a student in special circumstances. Only junior and senior students may enroll in an independent study. At the time of application, a student must have earned a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. A student may register for no more than three (3) semester hours of independent study in any one term. In all cases, registration for independent study must be approved by the appropriate department chairperson and submitted to the Office of the Registrar.

ANZ 486 - Independent Research in ANZ

1.00 Cr
This is an individualized instruction course through which a student engages in an advanced research topic chosen in conjunction with an Anthrozoology Department faculty member. Regular conferences with the supervising faculty are required. Credits are variable. May be repeated for credit.

ANZ 499 - Senior Thesis

1.00 Cr
The senior thesis is designed to encourage creative thinking and to stimulate individual research. A student may undertake a thesis in an area in which s/he has the necessary background. Ordinarily a thesis topic is chosen in the student's major or minor. It is also possible to choose an interdisciplinary topic. Interested students should decide upon a thesis topic as early as possible in the junior year so that adequate attention may be given to the project. In order to be eligible to apply to write a thesis, a student must have achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 based upon all courses attempted at Carroll College. The thesis committee consists of a director and two readers. The thesis director is a full-time Carroll College faculty member from the student's major discipline or approved by the department chair of the student's major. At least one reader must be from outside the student's major. The thesis director and the appropriate department chair must approve all readers. The thesis committee should assist and mentor the student during the entire project. For any projects involving human participants, each student and his or her director must follow the guidelines published by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Students must submit a copy of their IRB approval letter with their thesis application. As part of the IRB approval process, each student and his or her director must also complete training by the National Cancer Institute Protection of Human Participants. The thesis is typically to be completed for three (3) credits in the discipline that best matches the content of the thesis. Departments with a designated thesis research/writing course may award credits differently with approval of the Curriculum Committee. If the thesis credits exceed the full-time tuition credit limit for students, the charge for additional credits will be waived. Applications and further information are available in the Registrar's Office.