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Human-Animal Studies: Courses in Animal Sciences

Animal Sciences Overview

This is a list of colleges and universities around the world who provide courses for Animal Sciences in relation to the human-animal relationship. This includes the name of the college, the name of the course, who is teaching the course, and brief description of the Animal Sciences course that the instructor will be covering.


Animal Science Courses in the United States

Cornell University

Introduction to Animal Welfare

Debbie Cherney and Joe Regenstein

Animal welfare issues will be discussed, mainly for farm animals, but companion animals will also be considered. Both animal specific and general areas of animal welfare will be discussed.

Ethics and Animal Science

Debbie Cherney


Delaware Valley College

People and Animals



Michigan State University

Animal Welfare


Ohio State University

Human and Animal Interactions in Island Environments

Steven Moeller

Animals in Society

Kelly George

Animals in Society is an introductory course designed to introduce students to the social, cultural, economic and legal frameworks within which current human-animal relationships exist. The course was developed by the Department of Animals Sciences in collaboration with the Animal Welfare Science Centre of Australia, a cross-institutional facility that promotes animal welfare science research and education. Animals in Society is approved to fulfill a Social Science GEC and will be offered for the first time during the Autumn 2007 quarter. Students in this course, will explore a wide range of current animal roles with a view to broadening their understanding of how integral our relationships with animals are in maintaining human physical, social and psychological health and well-being.

Animal Welfare and Behavior in Livestock Industries

Monique Pairis-Garcia

Contemporary Animal Use Issues

Ana Hill & Stephen Boyles

Welfare of Agricultural and Recreational Animals

Normand R. St-Pierre

Appreciation of Companion and Production Animals

Ana Hill & Henry Zerby

Human and Animal Interactions in Europe

Steve MoellerHenry Zerby

This short-term study abroad program will allow you to surround yourself with a different culture, geography, community/government infrastructure, and rich history to directly compare how those, and other aspects of that culture, shape and impact the role that animals have in that respective society. This course offers an opportunity for you to broaden your educational program, and gain a greater appreciation for cultural diversity, and provides a means to utilize skills and knowledge you have learned from multiple disciplines.

Human and Animal Interactions in the US

Steve MoellerHenry Zerby

The reciprocal connection between human and non-human animals is greatest where humans and animals interact due to the process of domestication. However, human population growth and the continued development and expansion of our habitat mean that very few animal species remain unaffected by human activities. This course explores the biological principles and fundamental theories that have been developed to explain the evolutionary process, and the impact of humans on the selection, domestication and evolution of animals.

Issues Concerning the Use of Animals by Humans

Ana Hill

Topics pertinent to contemporary animal rights and animal welfare issues are addressed using lectures, debates, videotapes, guest speakers, and student presentations. Students prepare formal “position papers” on a variety or topics throughout the quarter. Critical thinking, consideration of opposing viewpoints, and evaluation of information sources are stressed. Class discussions, and interaction with speakers representing diverse philosophies and interests, are prominent features of the course. The course, which has been taught sine 1990, fulfills a University General Education Curriculum requirement in the “Contemporary World Issues” category. Enrollment is limited to seniors.


Oregon State University

Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture

Kelvin Koong

This course, available to all undergraduate students, features a number of guest lecturers, and devotes several class sessions to each of the following five issue areas: public lands, animal products and human nutrition; animal products and food safety issues, animal rights and welfare, and animal biotechnologies

Contemporary Issues in Animal Agriculture

Kelvin Koong

Focuses on contributions of domestic animals to human welfare; animal products in the human diet; societal concerns (food safety, health aspects of consumption of animal products, environmental issues); industrial animal production; and the future of animal agriculture. $10 course fee assessed.

Ethical Issues in Animal Agriculture

Claudia S Ingham

This is a senior level intensive writing course and is therefore required of all animal science majors. The course combines the study of ethics and issues in animal agriculture such as animal welfare, animal rights, and animal liberation. The students use different writing activities to explore and discuss these issues.


Portland State University

Animals and the Human Condition

Dr. William H. York


Purdue University

Animal Behavior

Maja M Makagon

Contemporary Issues in Animal Sciences

Dr. Alan Mathew

Animal Welfare

Candace Croney

A multi-disciplinary course that introduces students to the fields of animal welfare and the ethics of animal use. The course will emphasize farm animal welfare and production issues.

Animal Welfare Assessment

The course will increase the student’s understanding of animal welfare issues in agriculture. Students will integrate information from various animal science courses and experiences to provide assessments of the welfare of animals under various production scenarios. Students will be expected to do substantial reading outside of class. The top four students in the class will be invited to represent Purdue University in a national animal welfare assessment competition.

Recent Advances in Animal Welfare

Ed Pajor

This is a multi-instructional, multi-disciplinary course offered to senior undergraduates and graduate students at Michigan State University and Purdue. Lectures will originate at Michigan State University or Purdue and be video-linked to the partner universities. Lecturers will address a variety of issues relevant to animal welfare.


Sam Houston University

Animals and Society

Leanne Wiley

This course will acquaint the student with the broad role of animals in society from national, global and historic perspectives. The impact of animals and domestic livestock on economic, social and political policy will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on agricultural and non-agricultural uses, societal and cultural perspectives, consumer influences, animal ethics, animal research, appropriate animal care, livestock quality assurance programs, animal welfare, animal rights and the animal-human bond.


University of California, Davis

Animal Welfare

Joy Mench

Examines animal welfare from the animals’ point of view. Who are animals, and what can they (do they) experience? Which practices compromise their welfare, and which do not? How can management practices and environments be modified to improve the welfare of animals?


University of Chicago

Companion Animals in Society

Amy Elizabeth Fischer-Brown


University of Illinois Urbana Champaign

Human Animal Interactions

Amy Elizabeth Fischer-Brown

Companion Animals in Society

Amy Elizabeth Fischer-Brown

Explores the current and historical functions and influences of companion animals in American society. Topics include the evolution of animal protection, the use of assistance and service animals, and the growth of the pet supply industry. Controversial issues which are of current concern to society will also be examined.


University of Maryland

Animal Welfare and Bioethics

Dr. W. Ray Stricklin

Ethical concerns related to the use of animals in modern society. Historical and philosophical overview of animal welfare and bioethics. Applied ethical discussions on human/animal interrelationships, physical and genetic manipulation, and other current issues associated with the treatment of animals used in food production, research, zoos, and as pets.

Special Topics: Advanced Animal Welfare

Dr. W. Ray Stricklin

Love me, hate me, use me, save me: Our conflicting views of animals.

Sarah Balcom

The goal of this course is to examine the evolution of modern human-animal relationships and consider some of the major social and scientific debates that have arisen in the last century as a result of our rapidly changing and diverse views about animals. Fundamentally, this is a course in anthrozoology, an interdisciplinary field encompassing sociology, anthropology, psychology, economics, philosophy, veterinary medicine, animal sciences, and public policy.  As such, this course will address a variety of topics by looking at perspectives from these diverse fields.


University of New Hampshire

Animals Rights and Societal Issues

William A. Condon

Undertakes a thorough examination of value judgments and belief structures as well as the empirical evidence involved in the issue of animal rights. Aims not to arrive at policy decisions, but to get students thinking about the issue.

Animal Cruelty: NH Laws, Investigations, and Prosecution

Jerilee A. Zezula

An Internet class delivered through Blackboard Course Management System. Explains and discusses all aspects of animal cruelty, NH cruelty laws, and presents the importance and implications of recognizing animal cruelty and its link to human violence. Cruelty investigation procedures, prosecution protocol and officer field safety will also be presented. Designed as a 14-week class with a “presentation” of one hour per week accessed by the student at their convenience within a specific 3-day time frame during the week. Permission required

Human/Animal Bond

Allison Powers

Explores the many aspects of the human/animal bond through required reading, writing, and discussions. Requires an 8 hour volunteer practicum.

Animal Rights and Societal Issues


University of Vermont

Animals in Society/Animal Welfare

Norman Purdie

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.


Washington State University

Rights and Welfare of Animals

Ruth Newberry

Examines the ethics and philosophies underlying human/animal relations. Defines and assess animal welfare using knowledge of animal health, productivity, physiology and behavior. Examines the controversies and current issues relating to the use of animals in agriculture, recreation, cultural events and research. Evaluates the impact of current and future legislation on animal use and management practices.


Animal Science Courses in Canada

University of Alberta

Companion Animals and Society

Richard Uwiera

To explore the evolving roles of different companion animal species;  To introduce the concept of the human-animal bond and the influence it has on human behaviour, health, society, and government policy;  To learn about the physiology, health, behavior and care of diverse species that are now considered to be companion animals;  To examine how companion animals have been selectively bred and trained to optimize certain physiological and behavioural traits in order to fulfill the needs of individuals and society;  To develop student awareness regarding the rapidly expanding companion animal industry and the recent expenditure trends of pet owners;  To theorize and discuss the future of companion animals;  Through interactions with companion animal organizations, laboratory sessions will provide the opportunity for students to gain direct hands-on experience with the different companion animal species;  To provide a fun, interactive learning environment that engages and encourages students to continue to apply the knowledge gained in this class to everyday situations


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