Human-Animal Studies

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The Field of Study

Human-Animal Studies (HAST) is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary field devoted to examining and critically evaluating the relationships between humans and nonhuman animals, be these relationships historical or contemporary, factual or fictional, real or symbolic, beneficial or detrimental. In exploring these relationships, we acquire a greater understanding of the ways in which animals figure in our lives and we in theirs. As our understanding of ecology and the fundamental interconnectedness of all living beings continues to grow, the importance of studying human-animal interactions becomes ever more evident. All students with an interest in the interactions between humans and animals are encouraged to consider a Human-Animal Studies minor. This minor will have an especially practical use for students pursuing careers related to wild or domesticated animals, such as animals in laboratory science, zoos, shelters, refuges, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and veterinary medicine.


The Minor

The minor in HAST consists of six (3 or 4 credit) courses: two foundational courses, three electives, and a practicum.


Foundational Courses

There are two required courses for the minor:

  • PHIL 330: Ethics and the Environment
  • One of the following six courses:
  • BIOL 331 Ecology or BIOL 340 Conservation Biology or EVST 230 Biodiversity or EVST 305 Ecology for Environmental Scientists
  • BIOL 352 Animal Behavior or PSYC 350 Evolutionary Psychology


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