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Anthrozoology

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Overview

Anthrozoology, the study of human-animal interactions, is a growing, interdisciplinary field. It covers a wide range of research topics, such as attitudes toward animals, the “human-animal” divide, animal behaviors/cognitions/abilities, wild-animal management/conservation, the roles/uses of animals within cultural contexts, and more. This Integrated Pathway includes courses from the Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences, and includes co-curricular opportunities in a variety of fields and organizations.

Faculty

Eric Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

Kari Kalve
Professor of English

Heather Lerner
Director of the Joseph Moore Museum; Assistant Professor of Biology

Karen Mager
Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability

JoAnn Martin
Professor of Sociology/Anthropology; Convener of Women's, Gender, Sexuality Studies Program

Chris Smith
Associate Professor of Biology

Maggie Thomas
Associate Professor of Psychology

Wendy Tori
Associate Professor of Biology; Martha Sykes Hansen Endowed Chair in Biology for Ornithology
Plan of Study

Courses

Four of the following courses, not more than two from the same division:

  • Natural Sciences
    • BIO 226 Biological Diversity
    • BIO 346 Vertebrate Zoology
    • BIO 348 Ornithology
    • BIO 357 Animal Behavior
    • BIO 360 Conservation Biology
    • BIO 362 Biology of Insects
    • MUSE 215 Engaging Audiences with Outreach and Interpretation
    • MUSE 241 Care and Use of Collections
  • Humanities
    • ENG 208 Contemporary Literature: Human, Animal, Machine
    • ENG 370 Topics in Literary Theory: The Posthuman
  • Social Sciences
    • JPNS 349 Japanimals
    • PSYC 358 Human-Animal Interaction

 

Co-Curricular Activity

  • Volunteering/internship at a local animal shelter (e.g., HELP the Animals, 2nd Chance Animal Shelter)
  • Volunteering/internship at a local veterinarian’s office (e.g., Animal Hospital of Richmond, Animal Care Alliance)
  • Volunteering/internship at Sunrise (therapeutic riding barn)
  • Observing some type of animal-assisted therapy or search & rescue organization/person/training
  • Observing the local animal-control officers
  • Animal care giving at the Joseph Moore Museum
  • Volunteering in a Bird Banding Station
  • Volunteering for small mammal trapping researcher
  • Semester-long leadership position at the Horse Barn

 

Culminating Experience

Panel presentations at each spring's “Celebration of Learning” event are required by all students who have completed the IP within a given year. Each student would present which classes they took to complete the IP, the co-curricular activity they did, discuss how they believe all of these things fit together, and how they believe the IP have influenced their future plans, major and/or self.