DEGREES AND PROGRAMS IN HUMAN-ANIMAL STUDIES

 

This page provides a series of browsable and searchable databases for both students searching for educational resources and faculty wishing to highlight their programs. Below are listed higher-education programs from around the world that offer degrees, majors and minors, and certification in subjects relating to the field of Human-Animal Studies.

In order to gather these different programs together into a searchable database we are using “Human-Animal Studies” as an umbrella term for any of the many names for academic fields through which the study of human and nonhuman animal relationships take place: Animal Studies, Anthrozoology, Critical Animal Studies, Human-Animal Interactions, etc. (This video, a part of ASI’s Defining HAS Video Series, addresses why this area of study has so many names.) We have kept the names used by different universities in their individual listings, so please bear this in mind while searching the programs.

To use this resource, locate the category you wish to see and click the gray box to expand that section. Once expanded, the default will be to display the first ten entries, listed alphabetically by University / Organization. To see beyond the first ten, you can change the “Show 10 entries” box to a higher number or you can use the Previous and Next links at the bottom of the section to page through the pages or entries. Alternatively, entering any text into the Search bar will search all fields within the section. For example, entering “can” into the search for Undergraduate Minors in Human-Animal Studies will return results for both Canada and Canisius University, which are from different fields.

 

Degrees and Minors in Human-Animal Studies

This section covers conventional university and college-based degree programs, from undergraduate minors and major degrees to graduate degrees. Degrees marked with an asterisk (*) were created via ASI’s International Development Program.
Note that the programs listed use various approaches to study Human-Animal Studies – scientific, social scientific, humanities, and interdisciplinary methods among them. Viewing the programs themselves will give you a fuller picture of the program’s focus.

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Graduate Degrees in Human-Animal Studies

University & ProgramCityCountry
Albizu University Human-Animal Interaction and Animal-Assisted Interventions Graduate CertificateVirtualN/A
American College of Applied Science Companion Animal Behavior Counseling Degree ProgramCrescent City, FLUnited States
FcantVirtualN/A
Canisius University Anthrozoology Masters ProgramBuffalo, NYUnited States
Hartpury University AnthrozoologyGloucesterUnited Kingdom
Hartpury University Animal Assisted CounsellingGloucesterUnited Kingdom
Harvard Law School Animal Law and Policy ProgramCambridge, MAUnited States
Hunter College Masters and Certificate in Animal Behavior and ConservationNew York, NYUnited States
Institute for Humane Education Graduate ProgramsSurry, MEUnited States
Madonna University Masters in Humane StudiesLivonia, MIUnited States
Messerli Research Institute Masters Program in Human-Animal InteractionsViennaAustria
Michigan State University Animal Studies PhD ProgramEast Lansing, MIUnited States
New York University Animal Studies MastersNew York, NYUnited States
Nuremberg University of Music Master Interdisciplinary Music Research with focus on Human-Animal Studies (musical relationships between humans and other animals, animal musics and sounds)NurembergGermany
Prescott College Master of Arts, Equine Assisted LearningPrescott, AZUnited States
Purdue University MS and PhD in Human-Animal InteractionWest Lafayette, INUnited States
Saybrook University PhD in Humane Education StudiesPasadena, CAUnited States
Saybrook University PhD in Humane Education StudiesNew Haven, CTUnited States
Tufts Master of Science in Animals and Public PolicyNorth Grafton, MAUnited States
Universitat Pompeo Fabra MA in International Studies on Media, Power and DifferencePompeo, BarcelonaSpain
Université Rennes 2 Animaux et sociétéRennesFrance
University of British Columbia Graduate Program in Animal WelfareVancouver, BCCanada
University of Canterbury PhD in Human-Animal StudiesChristchurchNew Zealand
University of Denver Animal-Assisted Social Work CertificateDenver, COUnited States
University of Edinburgh Masters in Animal Welfare, Ethics and LawEdinburghScotland
University of Edinburgh Masters in Applied Animal Behaviour and Animal WelfareEdinburghScotland
University of Exeter Masters and PhD in AnthrozoologyExeterUnited Kingdom
University of Pisa Masters in Veterinary Clinical EthologyPisaItaly
University of Sterling Human-Animal Interaction Masters ProgramStirlingScotland
University of Tennessee Veterinary Social Work MSSW Veterinary Social Work CertificateKnocksville, TNUnited States
University of Winchester Masters in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and LawUnity, MEUnited States
Valparaiso University Masters in Humane EducationOld Westbury, NYUnited States
Valparaiso University Masters in Humane EducationValparaiso, INUnited States
Yale Law School Law, Ethics and Animals ProgramNew Haven, CTUnited States
University of Lisbon *LisbonPortugal
University of the Western Cape Masters in Animals, Society and the Environment *Cape TownSouth Africa
University of Athens Masters in Animals: Ethics, Law, Welfare *AthensGreece
University of Milan Masters in Human-Animal Studies *MilanItaly

 

Animal Law Programs

The specialization in Animal Law is relatively new and has blossomed over the past two decades. It addresses legal, statutory, and policy issues and intersects with various other areas of law. It concerns all nonhuman animals, from wildlife, companion, and farmed animals to those used for entertainment.

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Animal Law Programs

University & ProgramCityCountry
Arizona State University College of LawPhoenix, AZUnited States
Boston University School of LawBoston, MAUnited States
Brooklyn Law SchoolBrooklyn, NYUnited States
Cleveland Marshall College of LawCleveland, OHUnited States
Columbia Law SchoolNew York, NYUnited States
Cornell Law SchoolIthica, NYUnited States
Dalhousie Law SchoolHalifax, NSCanada
DePaul University College of LawChicago, ILUnited States
Duke University School of LawDurham, NCUnited States
Florida State University College of LawTallahassee, FLUnited States
George Mason University School of LawArlington, VAUnited States
George Washington University Law SchoolWashington, DCUnited States
Georgetown University Law CenterWashington, DCUnited States
Golden Gate UniversitySan Francisco, CAUnited States
Harvard Law School Animal Law & Policy ProgramCambridge, MAUnited States
Hastings College of the LawSan Francisco, CAUnited States
Hofstra University School of LawHempstead, NYUnited States
Lewis and Clark Law School LLM ProgramPortland, ORUnited States
Lewis and Clark Law School JD ProgramPortland, ORUnited States
Lewis and Clark Law School MSL ProgramPortland, ORUnited States
Lewis and Clark Law School SJD ProgramPortland, ORUnited States
Loyola Law SchoolLos Angeles, CAUnited States
Massachusetts School of LawAndover, MAUnited States
Michigan State University College of LawEast Lansing, MIUnited States
New York University School of LawNew York, NYUnited States
Northeastern University School of LawBoston, MAUnited States
Nova Southeastern University Law CenterFort Lauderdale, FLUnited States
Pace University School of LawWhite Plains, NYUnited States
Rutgers Law SchoolCamden, NJUnited States
Seattle University School of LawSeattle, WAUnited States
Southwestern Law SchoolLos Angeles, CAUnited States
St. Thomas University School of LawMiami, FLUnited States
Stanford Law SchoolStanford, CAUnited States
Stetson University College of LawDeLand, FLUnited States
Temple University School of LawPhiladelphia, PAUnited States
Texas Wesleyan School of LawMiddletown, CTUnited States
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLansing, MIUnited States
Tulane University Law SchoolNew Orleans, LAUnited States
University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of LawTuscon, AZUnited States
University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law SchoolFayetteville, ARUnited States
University of Baltimore School of LawBaltimore, MDUnited States
University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of LawBerkeley, CAUnited States
University of California, Los Angeles, School of LawLos Angeles, CAUnited States
University of Cincinnati College of LawCincinnati, OHUnited States
University of Connecticut School of LawHartford, CTUnited States
University of Denver College of LawDenver, COUnited States
University of Georgia School of LawAthens, GAUnited States
University of Houston Law CenterHouston, TXUnited States
University of Kent KentUnited Kingdom
University of Maryland School of LawBaltimore, MDUnited States
University of Miami School of LawCoral Gables, FLUnited States
University of Michigan Law SchoolAnn Arbor, MIUnited States
University of Missouri, Kansas City Law SchoolKansas City, MOUnited States
University of New Mexico School of LawAlbuquerque, NMUnited States
University of Pennsylvania Law SchoolPhiladelphia, PAUnited States
University of San Diego School of LawSan Diego, CAUnited States
University of San Francisco School of LawSan Francisco, CAUnited States
University of Texas School of LawAustin, TXUnited States
University of VictoriaVictoria, BCCanada
University of Washington School of LawSeattle, WAUnited States
University of WindsorWindsor, ONCanada
Vermont Law SchoolSouth Royalton, VTUnited States
Wake Forest University School of LawWinston-Salem, NCUnited States
Widener University School of LawHarrisburg, PAUnited States
Yale UniversityNew Haven, CTUnited States

 

Veterinary Programs

Here we list programs that deal with some aspect of human-nonhuman animal relationships beyond the conventional medical aspects of animal physical health. These programs typically are associated with a school of veterinary medicine, take a scientific approach, and often encompass a research component. Some deal with Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAIs), ASI’s position on which follows below under the “Animal-Assisted Intervention / Therapy Programs and Certifications” section. Viewing the programs themselves will give you a fuller picture of the program’s focus.

 

Certifications

Following are programs that focus on “Humane Education” and other miscellaneous certifications that do not fit in any of the categories above. “Humane Education” refers to a type of inclusive education that promotes social justice, environmental issues, and the welfare of all living beings. It focuses on teaching empathy, compassion, and ethical values toward all beings, including humans.

 

Animal-Assisted Intervention / Therapy Programs and Certifications

The term “Animal Assisted Intervention” (AAI) is an umbrella term for programs conventionally used to promote human physical or mental wellbeing. It includes such practices as Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy, Animal-Assisted Therapy, and Animal-Assisted Learning. The term also includes programs that center on the use of particular species of nonhuman animals within these frameworks, such as the use of horses for physiotherapy or dogs that visit hospitals, schools, retirement homes, among others. This list is intended as a resource only and does not imply an endorsement by ASI of the practice of AAIs. Please refer to ASI’s position on AAI immediately below to understand the issues of concern.

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Click here to read ASI's position on AAI / AAT

The extended list below of organizations and training programs evidences the proliferation of the practice of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI), including animal-assisted therapy and therapeutic-related activities (AAT), as well animal-assisted education. It is intended as a resource only and does not imply an endorsement of the practice by ASI. While research on the effectiveness of AAT has progressed from early efforts that largely relied on anecdotal accounts and single case studies, many, if not most, recent studies continue to have methodological deficiencies (e.g., small sample size, lack of control group, unblinded observations, lack of long-term follow-up studies).

The current common definition of AAT involves human-animal relationships (Shapiro, K., 2020, Human-Animal Studies: Remembering the past, celebrating the present, troubling the future, Society & Animals, 28, 797-833). However, many in the field strongly urge a corrective to the largely human-centered focus of this literature. There is some concern that AAT introduces yet another human-centered and potentially exploitative animal enterprise. However, as most of the counselors and therapists attracted to AAT are animal friendly or at least companion-animal friendly people, manifestly abusive treatment is very unlikely. This leaves the possibility of more subtle and unintentional harms and distress. These might arise related to the sources of the animals involved, their willingness to be involved, the amount of stress and number of hours associated with the work, and the behavior toward the animals of the target recipients of the intervention. Not incidentally, the language that is employed to refer to the animals involved is important both as it influences their treatment and as it conveys a message to the public about the status of animals – compare “used” and “tools” to “co-workers,” and “partners.” It is important to consider how the non-human animals who are directly or indirectly involved in AAIs are benefitting from these practices. As a result, future AAI research calls for more adequate study of the role, the experience, and constitutive contribution of the non-human animal to the relationship. In addition, a substantive potential benefit of AAI that cannot be ignored is the opportunity to expand compassion and empathy towards all animals. Grappling with questions at the core of human relationships with other animals regarding sentience, protection, care, and fundamental fairness can promote paradigm shifts for mutually beneficial and respectful human-animal interactions that a more just and sustainable world requires.

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Animal Assisted Therapy / Interventions

OrganizationCityCountry
Animal Assisted Intervention InternationalInternationalInternational
Animal Assisted Intervention InternationalInternationalInternational
Animal Assisted Interventions in Care, Research and Education (AAIZOO), the NetherlandsSprundelNetherlands
Animal Assisted Therapy of the TriangleClayton, NCUnited States
Animal Assisted Therapy of the Triangle Certificate and Continuing Ed ProgramsClayton, Cary, and Jarvisburg, NCUnited States
Animal Behavior Institute Certificate in Animal Assisted TherapyDurham, NCUnited States
Associazione Italiana Uso Cani da Assistenza (AIUCA), ItalyMilanItaly
Bircham International University Program in Animal Assisted TherapyMadridSpain
Bircham International University Program in Animal Assisted TherapyInternationalInternational
Canine Therapy CorpsChicago, ILUnited States
Dogwood TherapyAlbuquerque, NMUnited States
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning AssociationElgin, ILUnited States
Equine Assisted Interventions (EAI) RepositoryMiami, FL (unsure)United States
Faithful FriendsWilmington, DEUnited States
Federation of Horses in Education and Therapy InternationalDamariscotta, MEUnited States
Formosa Animal-Assisted Activity and Therapy Association, TaiwanTaipeiTaiwan
Guidelines for Animal Assisted Therapy (AVMA)Schaumburg, ILUnited States
Harcum College Animal Assisted Therapy Certificate ProgramBryn Mawr, PAUnited States
Humanima CIC Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling CoursesWolverhamptonEngland
Idaho State University Certificate In Animal Assisted Interventions In CounselingPocatello, IDUnited States
INATAA – Instituto Nacional de Ações e Terapias Assistidas por AnimaisSão PauloBrazil
Institut fur soziales Lernen mit Tieren (ISLT), GermanyLindwedelGermany
International Society for Animal Assisted Therapy (ISAAT), SwitzerlandInternationalInternational
Italian National Reference Centre for Animal Assisted Interventions,Legnaro, PaduaItaly
North Dakota State University Equine Assisted TherapyFargo, NDUnited States
Norwegian Organization for Animal-Assisted Therapy (NODAT), NorwayHolmenkollenNorway
Oakland University Animal Assisted Therapy CertificateRochester, MIUnited States
Oakland University Animal Assisted Therapy Degree ProgramRochester, MIUnited States
Paws for PeopleNewark, DEUnited States
Pet Partners (formerly Delta Society)Bellevue, WAUnited States
Pets as Therapy, U.K.OxfordshireEngland
Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship InternationalWestminster, COUnited States
Saint Mary of the Woods College Equine Assisted Therapy MinorWoods, INUnited States
Scandinavian Association of Therapy DogsScandanaviaScandanavia
Slippery Rock University Animal-Assisted Social Work CertificateSlippery Rock, PAUnited States
Slippery Rock University Undergraduate Minor in Animal-Assisted interventionSlippery Rock, PAUnited States
Society for Animal Assisted Therapy and Activities, SwitzerlandHeidenGermany
Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling (AAC) AcademySan Marcos, TXUnited States
Texas State University Animal-Assisted Counseling AcademySanmarcos, TXUnited States
The Israeli Association of Animal-Assisted Psychotherapy (IAAAP), IsraelUshaIsrael
Therapy Dogs of BelgiumLangdorpBelgium
Therapy Dogs Switzerland, SwitzerlandEbnetSwitzerland
Tri County Community College Animal Assisted Interactions ConcentrationMurphy, NCUnited States
University of Denver Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate ProgramDenver, CLUnited States
University of Denver Equine-Assisted Mental Health Practitioner Certificate ProgramDenver, COUnited States
University of Denver, Animal Assisted Social Work certificate programDenver, COUnited States
University of Montana-Western- AAS in Equine Studies, Psychology OptionDillon, MTUnited States
University of North Florida Animal-Assisted Interventions & Interactions Certificate ProgramJacksonville, FLUnited States
University of North Texas Animal Assisted Therapy ProgramDenton, TXUnited States
University of North Texas Animal Assisted Therapy ProgramDenton, TXUnited States
Utah State University Equine Assisted Therapy MinorLogan, UTUnited States
Wesleyan College Equine Assisted Therapy MinorMacon, GAUnited States

 

Faculty, if you don’t see your program on our list or have additions or changes, please let us know by emailing hasdegreesandprograms@animalsandsociety.org. We will update this page biannually.

 

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