Anthrozoology Applied Minor (AM)
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.
Given the integrated and overlapping ways in which humans and non-human animals engage with each other in the world, the anthrozoology applied minor is a wonderful, additional credential if you have interests in this area. However, it is especially beneficial if you’re considering careers in veterinary medicine, animal-assisted therapy, farming or conservation.
This applied minor (AM) includes courses from the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences and includes co-curricular opportunities in a variety of fields and organizations.
Applied minors (AMs) are distinctive programs allowing you to personalize your education and to help you make direct connections between academic interests and co-curricular activities.
To earn an applied minor in anthrozoology, you must complete the following:
Complete four of the following courses, not more than two from the same division:
- 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
- ENG 208 Contemporary Literature: Human, Animal, Machine
- ENG 370 Topics in Literary Theory: The Posthuman
- JPNS 349 Japanimals
- PSYC 358 Human-Animal Interaction
Complete one of the following co-curricular activities:
- 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 caregiving 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
Complete a panel presentation at the spring Presentation of Learning event, discussing how your courses and co-curricular activity fit together and how you believe the applied minor has influenced your future plans, major and/or self.
Faculty in this applied minor are passionate about animals and many of them do research about animals or human-animal interactions. If you have questions about this applied minor, contact Maggie Thomas.