Vermont Courses

Green Mountain College

Green Mountain College Animal Conservation and Care Major

Animal Conservation and Care is a field that is emerging in response to the impact of humans on wild and domestic animals. The major serves students who want to ensure that we have a positive influence on animal populations and individuals. Students are free to choose their own path focusing on wild populations or domestic animals. The major is offered as either a Bachelor of Science degree (for those interested in applied science occupations like wildlife management or veterinary care) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (for students interested in a range of careers, from domestic animal welfare to wildlife conservation.  Courses include:

  • Animal Behavior
  • Animal Ethics
  •  Internship in Animal Studies
  • Animal Law & Policy
  • Wildlife Law & Policy
  • Environmental Studies Senior Seminar
  • Senior Seminar in Philosophy


Green Mountain College Animal Studies Minor

In addition to biological study of animal behavior and conservation, students in this minor, established in 2012, will have an opportunity to explore issues associated with, among others: livestock agriculture, animal rights law, wildlife management, hunting, traditional animal husbandry, animal experimentation, veterinary care, landscape sustainability, threatened biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, animals in recreation, activist ethics, the moral standing of animals, animal pain and suffering, animal cognition, culture in animals, bushmeat, and trade in endangered species. Students at Green Mountain can also major in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Animal Studies. Courses include:

  • Animal Ethics
  • Any course in the Animal Conservation and Care Major program

Courses are taught by Philip Ackerman-Leist, Meriel Brooks, Sam Edwards, Steven Fesmire, James Harding, and Z. Vance Jackson.

Green Mountain College Wildlife and Forestry Conservation Major

Green Mountain College offers an integrated degree in Wildlife and Forestry Conservation. This degree is designed to prepare students for the challenging responsibilities required of land managers in public agencies, resource specialists in non-governmental organizations, and consultants working in the private sector. Students interested in pursuing professions in forestry, wildlife, fisheries, conservation law enforcement, and park management will benefit from this degree. Graduates of this program will meet the requirements for government employment at the GS-5 level in one of the main federal land management agencies: National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Graduates of this degree will also be able to pursue state employment, or graduate study in fields such as natural resources, forestry, wildlife biology, fisheries, recreation management, or public policy. Graduates will gain special skills in conducting forest and wildlife inventories, working with geographic information systems (GIS), and developing resource plans. Students will learn how to manage natural resources for multiple values including timber, wildlife, fisheries, wilderness, recreation, energy production, and others.

Green Mountain College Equestrian Studies Minor

With a mix of theoretical work on the history and ethics of the human/horse relationship, animal behavior and psychology, and the opportunity to learn and work at local equine centers, this minor will complement many courses of study on campus, including Animal Conservation and Care, Sustainable Agriculture, Adventure Education, and Wilderness and Outdoor Therapy. It will help to prepare students aimed at careers related to camps, agriculture, equine therapy, as well as other careers with horses.

Middlebury College


Animal Ethics

Steven Fesmire

What is the appropriate ethical relationship between humans and other animals? This course is a systematic study of animal ethics, a field that has emerged as a response to the profound impact of human practices on other species and rising concern about animal use and treatment. Topics may include livestock agriculture, hunting, animal experimentation, biodiversity and invasive species, companion animals, vegetarianism and veganism, animals in entertainment, zoos and aquariums, activist ethics, animal rights, animals and biotechnology, and animal cognition.  The perspectives we will explore have a significant bearing on how we understand ourselves and nature and what policies we will endorse in relation to other animals.

University of Vermont

Animal Science

Norman Purdie, Ph.D.

Animals in Society/Animal Welfare. Every minute of the day man interacts with animals. Whether it is for companionship, for food, as a work mate, as a patient, for survival or just as co-inhabitants of earth, our relationship with animals can be very intimate. By virtue of these relationships, we all have obligations to animals. This course will seek to explore these obligations and the details that underlie them. This class will comprise a combination of lectures, discussions and case-studies. Visiting lecturers will be incorporated as appropriate.

Environmental Science

Culture of Nature

Adrian Avakhiv

This course will offer an advanced introduction to current issues and debates at the intersection of environmental thought and cultural studies. The field of cultural studies – which studies the ways in which popular culture, media, the creative arts, and other forms of cultural activity interact with sociopolitical, economic, and technological developments – will be explored in terms of its potentials to address and contribute to the understanding of environmental issues and practices. We will study culture and cultural practices as both the medium through which and the terrain within which different ideas about people and nature, and different social and ecological relations, are articulated and contested. Through readings, discussion, and media viewing and analysis, we will explore and examine how ideas about nature and environmental issues are framed and represented by various media; how these images and representations are used and contested by different cultural communities; the ways in which environmental ideas circulate between the mass media and popular and alternative cultures in North America (and the world) today; the relationship between culture and environmental identity at local, regional, national, and transnational scales; and possibilities for cultivating a greener environmental culture in our lives and in the world at large.


Animals and Society

Robbie Pfeufer Kahn

This rich, new area of scholarly investigation is the subject of our course. But we also come together as readers of the printed page. Reading might seem less than exciting to young women and men accustomed to the visual acquisition of knowledge–TV, movies, computers–over the verbal. Yet the gray blocks of words on white paper in our five texts hold as much life in them as a wiggly puppy. Together, we will work on releasing the boundless energy contained in a text. The key is to look deeply at the words that create the author’s story. Our weekly written exercises and discussions will help you cultivate the ability to look deeply at the text. During the semester we will see a number of films and have several guest speakers.

Science and Technology Studies

Animals, Science, & Technology

Eileen Crist

This graduate seminar investigates topics in critical animal studies in the historical wake of what has been called the animal turn. We will focus on developments in science, philosophy, ethics, and activism that explore inquiry into animal minds, the boundary between human and animal, the uses of animals for food, experiment, and entertainment, and the predicament of wild animals in modernity and in the animal economy.


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