Human-Animal Studies

The Field of Study

Human-Animal Studies (HAST) is a growing interdisciplinary field that examines relationships between humans and other animals. HAST scholars critically analyze the connections between humans and other animals: historical and contemporary, factual and fictional, real and symbolic, beneficial and detrimental. By exploring ecological, biological, literary, psychological, and ethical connections between our own species and others, we acquire a greater understanding of the ways in which animals figure in our lives - and we in theirs. 

The HAST program, in its tenth year at the University of Redlands, has especially practical relevance for those pursuing animal-related careers in zoos or aquariums, wildlife rehabilitation, endangered species conservation, animal shelters and rescues, animal advocacy, veterinary medicine, or laboratory science.

The HAST minor powerfully complements a major in Environmental Studies, Biology, Psychology, or Philosophy. We have minors who are majoring in many other fields of study offered at the University as well.

Kathi Jenni
Program Director

Sara Thompson
Program Coordinator