Ohio Courses

Bowling Green University


Animals in Human Lives

Margaret Weinberger

Case Western Reserve University

Animals and Humans: Making Sense of the Human-Animal Bond

Ronald G. Oldfield

Humans have an incredibly complex relationship with (non-human) animals. We eat some animals and consider other animals members of our family. We worship some animals and vilify others. This class examines the complexities of our relationship with (non-human) animals. Through exploring human emotional, practical, and epistemological ties with animals, this course examines what it means to be animal as well as what it means to be human. We analyze the following questions. How do we come to know and understand animals? What are the issues surrounding the use of animals in scientific speculation, classification and experimentation, such as vivisection, cloning and the human-animal relationship in technoscience? Do some non-human animals possess material culture, social morality, and emotions such as grief and sadness? Why do animals populate our popular culture and art?


Hiram College


Ecological Science: Origins, Findings, and Ethical Issues

Beginning with a brief history of the philosophical underpinnings of scientific thought and the culture in which it arose, the course will proceed to examine exactly how, from a current scientific perspective, the environment sustains us and how its different components function as a system that has the ability to react dynamically to changes. The course will also compare what the science of ecology tells us as to how some non-western primal societies (Australian Aborigine, Native American) view the natural world and its cycles of growth, death, and renewal. The ways in which the values of western thought and those of primal societies differ vis a vis the natural world, and the consequences of those differences in the past and present will also be examined. Laboratory experience will consist of several directed inquiry studies and field trips to local areas of interest. Cannot be counted toward a biology major.

Insects and Society

Jennifer Clark


Animals and Ethics
Environmental Ethics

Colin Anderson


Ethics in Research on Animal Behavior
Humans and the Environment


Ohio State University

Ohio State University Human and Animal Interactions Minor

The Human and Animal Interactions Minor was created to give students an opportunity to explore the roles animals play in society and the impact of human and animal relationships while providing a forum to share your view with others in an accepting environment where discussion is encouraged and desired. Students will learn about human and animal interactions, how globalization affects animal species, how geography and culture impact the roles animals play in society, the domestication process and much more. Courses include:

  • Animals in Society
  • Human and Animal Interactions
  • Global Food and Agriculture
  • Animal Handling
  • Equine Behavior and Training
  • Domestication and Selection of Dogs
  • Equine Studies in Europe
  • Human & Animal Interactions in Europe
  • Human & Animal Inter. in Island Environments
  • Human & Animal Inter. in South America
  • Dairy Industry Outside the US
  • Welfare and Behavior in Livestock Industries
  • Intro to Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife
  • Religion and Environmental Values in America
  • Zoo Science and Management
  • Wildlife Conservation Policy

Other courses include:

Environmental Ethics

Alyssa Bernstein

How should we value nature? What is important about it, and why? Is it important to us because caring for nature advances our interests, or because it is valuable in its own right? Do animals have special claims upon us? Should our primary concern be for individual organisms, or for species? This course will aim at thinking through some of the questions that surround the idea of valuing the environment in which we live, and understanding possible views as to the source and nature of that value.

Critical Animal Studies

Tobias Linne

The course is an introduction and an orientation to the burgeoning, multi-disciplinary field of critical animal studies. We will not only critically analyze a range of ethical, social and cultural problems embedded in human-animal relationships, but also address possibilities for change.

University of Toledo

Human-Animal Bond

Janet Hoy

The majority of households in the United States report having at least one companion animal.  This course provides an overview of how human-animal interactions (HAI) and the human-animal bond (HAB) can impact human health and well-being.  Topics include: the social, physical and emotional/psychological impacts of HAI across the human lifespan; therapeutic roles of animals; ethical and animal welfare considerations; and the connection between violence toward people and violence toward animals.  While taught from a social work perspective, the content of this course is widely applicable across human service, health science and criminal justice professions.

Ursuline College


Animals and Ethics

George Matejka

During the past three decades, there has been an increasing wave of ethical concern about human treatment of nonhuman animals. A primary goal of this course is to provide the student with a foundation from which she can then continue to explore this emerging area of ethics. The course undertakes a study of the various approaches to the question of how ought human animals act in relationship to nonhuman animals? We first explore the animal rights approach and then move to a consideration of the feminist caring approach. Both the local and global aspects of our ethical relationships with animals are examined. Similarly, the course explores both the personal and social dimensions of these relationships.

Wittenberg University


Sociology of Minority Groups

David Nibert

Since humanity developed the capacity to produce an economic surplus, countless masses of earthlings have been oppressed, and many have had their labor appropriated, by relatively small groups of privileged humans. This course will examine the historical and contemporary causes for the continued oppression of entire groups, including various ethnic groups, women, the impoverished and other species of animals. Special attention will be given to the roots of oppression with an in depth look at the entanglement of oppression of humans and other animals. This analysis will be woven into an examination of the treatment of devalued humans in the United States. The course will include class discussions, videotape presentations, and assignments outside of class. Students are expected to respond actively to assigned readings by discussing key ideas and by using examples to support or question these ideas.

Animals & Society

David Nibert

Increasingly, social scientists are focusing on the ethical, environmental and social consequences of human treatment of other animals. This course will examine how human societies have viewed and treated other animals and how the interactions and the structure of the relationship between humans and other animals affect both those animals and human social organization. For example, some scholars argue that cultural practices that define and use nonhuman animals as food contribute significantly to various forms of environmental devastation. Human health research indicates that high rates of heart disease and cancer in many cultures can be attributed to the consumption of animals. Others suggest that human perception and treatment of nonhuman animals are related in significant ways to such enduring problems as racism, sexism and violence against vulnerable groups of people. This course will examine the causes of human exploitation of other animals and the issues that frame the animal rights debate.

Wright State University


Moral Problems

Scott Wilson

Are we permitted to raise and then kill animals for food? Are we permitted to perform experiments on animals that will benefit human beings? Can we keep animals in zoos, hunt animals for sport or use animals for our entertainment? There is a growing interest in these questions today. However, these questions cannot be answered completely without first engaging in a bit of moral philosophy. Whether we can do these things to animals will depend on the moral status of animals. Therefore, we must first understand the concept of moral status and the various possible positions one can take on the moral status of animals. In this class, that is precisely what we will do. We will read three books by leading philosophers on the question of the moral status of animals, as well as numerous articles and excerpts from other leading philosophers. The goal of the course is for students to determine and justify their own beliefs on these matters through careful reading, class participation and several writing assignments.

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