Degree Programs

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 in HAST consists of six (3 or 4 credit) courses; two foundation courses, three electives, and a practicum.

Foundation Courses

Complete one of the following courses

PHIL 212 Humans and other Animals 
PHIL 213 Animal Ethics and Policy
PHIL 211 Environmental Ethics

 AND one of the following courses

BIOL 331 Ecology
BIOL 340 Conservation Biology
EVST 230 Biodiversity
EVST 305 Ecology for Environmental Scientists
BIOL 352 Animal Behavior
PSYC 350 Evolutionary Psychology

Elective courses

Three elective courses; at least one from the Science and one from the Humanities; at least three disciplinary areas must be represented in the minor, and no elective may duplicate a foundational course.


Students must complete a practicum (3-4 credits), ideally taken after the completion of other HAST coursework in the spirit of the capstone. The practicum may take the form of any experiential project involving animals that is overseen by Redlands faculty and approved by the advisory committee.



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