Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies Social Science and Humanities Perspectives

The Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides graduate students with basic knowledge of relationships between humans and other animals and how they are linked together in a fragile biosphere.

The graduate specialization is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master's or doctoral degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student's degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master's or doctoral degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the graduate specialization should consult the graduate advisor for the specialization in the Department of Sociology.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives

Complete a total of 12 credits from the following:

1. The following courses: CREDITS

SOC 989

SOC 840

Research Practicum in Animal Studies

Animals and Social Transformations



2. 3 credits from any of the following courses: CREDITS

ANS 805

Animal Welfare


CSUS 823 Contemporary Issues in Animal-Human Relationships 3
LAW 565A Animal Law 3
3. Complete 3 credits of additional course work that focuses on any aspect of the human-animal relationship that meets the interests of the student. The course must be approved by the student's academic advisor for the specialization. Sample courses: CREDITS
CJ 847 Global Risks, Conservation and Criminology 3
FW 438 Philosophy of Ecology 3
FW 481 Global Issues in Fisheries and Wildlife 3
FW 810 Human Dimensions Research in Fisheries and Wildlife 3
GEO 432 Environmental Ethics 3
LAW 565B Wildlife Law 3
PHL 442 Ethics and Animals 3
ZOL 489 Seminar in Zoo and Aquarium Science 3
ZOL 897 Ecosystem Ecology 4
Recommended Elective Courses (PDF)

Upon completion of the requirements for the degree program and the Graduate Specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives, the student should contact the Dean of the College of Social Science and request certification of the completion of the specialization. After the certification is approved by the Dean, the Office of the Registrar will enter on the student's academic record the name of the specialization and the date that it was completed. This certification will appear on the student's transcript.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Kalof
Department of Sociology
Michigan State University
6H Berkey Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824

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