Montana Colleges

Carroll College Anthrozoology Major

Carroll College’s Anthrozoology major is designed so that students learn foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding not only through classroom learning, but also hands-on labs. It is a four year curriculum with a strong liberal arts component.The Anthrozoology major explores the unique relationship between humans and animals. By increasing our knowledge about this bond and by assessing how animals enrich our lives, we can improve the quality of life for both humans and animals. Carroll College’s unique experiential approach provides students with both scientific and academic rigor and the hands-on application of the knowledge gained. Courses include:

Introduction to the Human Animal Bond

Anne Perkins

The Human-Animal Bond Program at Carroll College is the first degree program of its kind in the nation. Carroll College’s Human-Animal Bond Program (HAB) is designed so that students attend three core classes that provide them with foundational information regarding theory, research, and services applicable to human-animal bonding.

Introduction to Anthrozoology

Anne Perkins

Historical Perspectives: Horses & Humans

Anne Perkins

The Science of Animal Welfare

Anne Perkins


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Animal Histories

Brett Walker

This course is designed to investigate the interrelationship between human and nonhuman animals in comparative historical settings, ones elucidated through the interdisciplinary approach of science, technology, cultural studies, and straight history. Increasingly, historians have begun to investigate the role of nonhuman animals in shaping human history and, even more intriguingly, the potential for nonhumans to experience and generate histories of their own. This course offers an opportunity to participate in this pioneering field of inquiry. From the calories that fuel our society to the large predators that continue to haunt our collective imaginations, nonhumans directly participate in and shape our histories, cultures, and ecologies.



Other Animals

Sara Waller

This course explores how animals have been, and currently are, understood from scientific, philosophical, and cultural perspectives. The understanding of both animal minds and behavior will be examined using a priori and empirical approaches. The various methodologies employed in studying animals, their underlying assumptions, and possible limits, will be discussed, as well as the larger moral issues they, and their findings, raise.

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