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Animal Studies Minor Course Descriptions

ANML 201: Beauty & the Beast: Animal Issues Around the World
ANML 212: Animal Ethics
ANML 303: Animals in Society
ANML 305: Animal Law I
ANML 310: Animals in Literature
ANML 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics
ANML 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship
ANML 491, 492 Research

ANML 201: Beauty and the Beast: Animal Issues Around the World. 3 hours.

Animals: We delight in their companionship; ride, hunt, eat and watch them; entertain ourselves with them; empathize with their suffering; use them to satisfy our vanity; hoard them; experiment on them; dress them and even eulogize them. Animals are simultaneously ubiquitous and hidden from our view. Our lives intersect with the lives of animals every day, yet our relationships with them remain a paradox. In this course, students will study contemporary issues about how our lives intersect with the lives of animals globally. In their quest to become liberally educated individuals, students will develop necessary intellectual and scholarly skills of close reading, cogent writing, thoughtful thinking and debating respectfully with others who disagree with them.

ANML 212 Animal Ethics. 3 hours.

This cutting-edge multidisciplinary course is designed to acquaint the student with contemporary and historical animal-ethics/rights issues. A primary goal of the course is to raise moral consciousness about the most current conditions and uses of nonhuman animals and therein the ethical dimension of relationships between nonhuman animals and human beings. The course is structured in two sections: a) ethical theory and b) applied ethics.

ANIM 303: Animals and Society. 3 hours.

This course will give students the opportunity to think critically about controversial issues regarding the relationships between humans and other animals.  Central to the course will be an exploration of the social construction of animals in American culture including various subcultures and the way in which these constructed social meanings shape human identity.  

ANML 305 Animal Law I. 3 hours.

This course will examine a wide variety of topics related to the law of animals, such as classes of animals (companion, exotic, domestic), torts (liability statutes, damages and valuation), contract law (landlord/tenant, area animal restrictions, dissolution of marriage), wills and trusts, criminal law (breeding regulations, legal vs. illegal breeding, animal cruelty), hoarding, entertainment regulations, dog fighting, the Humane Slaughter Act, the Animal Welfare Act and the Endangered Species Act. Particular attention will be paid to the topics of interest of the students enrolled.

ANML 310 Animals in Literature. 3 hours.

Students explore the relationships between humans and animals through the lens of American, English, French and Latin American literature.  These enjoyable and thought-provoking literary selections offer a unique entrée into the animal rights debate, which is unquestionably one of the most important ethical issues of our day.  At the same time, the course is structured to pay particular attention to close-reading, develop an appreciation of canonical literature and improve writing skills.

ANML 290, 390, 490 Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

ANML 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492 Research.

ANML 397, 398, 497, 498 Internship. 3 hours.