M.S. in Animal Policy and Advocacy

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Master of Science in Animal Policy and Advocacy will be able to:

  • Understand complex interactions among social movements, political institutions, and policy change;
  • Apply and critique theoretical frameworks in the context of the animal protection movement and public policy contests related to animals;
  • Formulate research questions and interpret, evaluate, and conduct qualitative and quantitative social science research related to animal policy contests and public policies;
  • Analyze and develop public policies related to animals; and
  • Design, implement and assess multi-faceted animal advocacy programs.

Degree Requirements

A Master of Science in Animal Policy and Advocacy is granted upon successful completion of 36 HSU graduate credit hours. Effective for students admitted after June 1, 2012. For the previous degree requirement list click here.

Foundation Courses (15 credits):
AP601 Animal Protection as a Social Movement
AS605 Animals and Ethics
HL606 Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
HL607 Communication Skills for Animal Protection Professionals
HL640 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Core Courses (9 credits):
AP600 Animals, Advocacy, and Corporate Change
AP602 Animals and Public Policy
AS613 Global Animal Issues

Elective Courses* (3 credits):
*Any graduate course offered may be taken as an elective except for HL650, HL652, and HL659. See Animal Studies, Humane Leadership, and additional Animal Policy & Advocacy graduate courses for elective course options.

Culmination Courses (9 credits):
AP797 Animal Policy and Advocacy Project
AP798 Animal Policy and Advocacy Thesis I
AP799 Animal Policy and Advocacy Thesis II