Anthrozoology is the study of the interactions and relationships between humans and non-human animals. In this class we explore the evolution 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 research that unveils the amazing health benefits humans accrue when they share their lives with other species, learning about the psychological, sociological, and physiological factors involved. We 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 in which animals play an important role.
The main objective of this course is to expose students broadly to the many and varied ways that animals provide service for humans and interact with human society to improve the well-being of communities 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 by the 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.