About the Animal Studies Program

The 18-hour minor in Animal Studies provides students with a specialized, in-depth understanding of animals' lives and the intersection of their lives with humans, historically and in contemporary societies. The minor is designed for those who are interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of diverse ways in which the lives of animals and humans intersect.

Animal Studies Minor


Interdisciplinary Program

This interdisciplinary program is team-taught with professors in:

  • anthropology
  • art history
  • biology
  • criminology
  • environmental studies
  • history
  • literature and literary criticism
  • philosophy
  • psychology
  • religion
  • sociology
  • women's studies

Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights

The Drury University Forum on Animal Rights is entirely funded by the Bob Barker Endowment Fund for the Study of Animal Rights. The Centerpiece of the Forum is the multidisciplinary Animal Ethics (ANML 212) course.

Since 2008, Mr. Barker has donated $2 million to his alma mater to establish the Drury University Forum on Animal Rights and the Dorothy Jo Barker Endowed Professorship of Animal Rights.