B.S. in Animal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science in Animal Studies will be able to:

  • Interpret the major historical and cultural forces that influence the treatment of animals;
  • Demonstrate substantive knowledge of humane philosophies and ethics;
  • Think critically about the position of animals in society;
  • Understand how different disciplines contribute to the study of animals; and
  • Locate and conduct research in the field of animal studies

Degree Requirements

A Bachelor of Science in Animal Studies degree is granted upon successful completion of 120 total credit hours, with a minimum of 39 earned from HSU. Effective for students admitted after June 1, 2012. For the previous degree requirement list click here.

Foundation Courses (9 credits):
AP301 Animal Protection As A Social Movement
AS305 Animals and Ethics
AS416 Animal Behavior, Animal Minds, and Animal Protection

Core Courses (18 credits):
AS300 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Animal Studies
AS301 Understanding the Human-Animal Bond
AS302 Sociology of Animal Abuse
AS306 Animals in Literature
AS413 Global Animal Issues
AS417 Animal Protection and the Environment

Elective Courses* (6 credits):
*Any undergraduate course offered may be taken as an elective. See Animal Policy & Advocacy, Humane Leadership, and additional Animal Studies undergraduate courses for elective course options.

Capstone Courses (6 credits):
AS500 Animal Studies Capstone Course I
AS501 Animal Studies Capstone Course II

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