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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.


Eric Cunningham
Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies

Kari Kalve
Professor of English

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
Plan of Study


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
  • 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
    • SOAN 3XX In the Company of Animals: Humans and Non-Human Animals as Companion Species*

*pending submission to and approval by the Curricular Policy Committee


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.