The animal studies courses in the major emphasize critical and creative thinking in the areas of: animal behavior, the animal-human bond, animal-human interactions, animals in service, ethical standards of practice, ethical treatment, environmental impact, training and handling methods, and current events, as these topics relate to canines, equines, farm animals, felines and exotics, and wildlife. Breadth of knowledge is critical in the animal studies major. This breadth is achieved through the student’s choice of an interdisciplinary concentration in one of the following: biology/psychology, English/communications or environmental science. The concentrations are designed to focus and develop additional occupational skills and prepare for graduate-level coursework, while enhancing the core curriculum.

Students will demonstrate depth of understanding in the advanced seminar and senior thesis in animal studies.  Through experiential learning, observation, internships or research, students will identify specific areas of interest that will prepare them for employment or graduate school.  The student’s capstone experience will culminate with the submission of a thesis or oral presentation.