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.
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.
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