Canisius College

2001 Main St, Buffalo, NY 14208-1098

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Canisius College offers a Master of Science degree in Anthrozoology. Through this program students will study human-animal interactions with an emphasis on relationships between people and their companion animals. Students will also study animal use in science, industry, agriculture, and zoos. The mutual beneficial relationship between animals and humans is a focal point of the program. The program can be completed almost entirely online. Students will meet for a four-day weekend at the beginning of each semester for course orientations, planning sessions, classroom meetings, and special seminars by invited speakers. All courses after are conducted online.

The coursework for this program is an interdisciplinary approach where students will study scientific investigation, philosophical consideration, religious perspectives, animals in literature, and humane education, as well as the intersection between animal protection and environmental protection. Student have the opportunity to choose electives that allow them to explore their own interests.

The program requires 36 credit hours for completion including an internship or independent research. Introduction to Anthrozoology and Anthrozoology Internship are the only two required courses. All other credits will be fulfilled by choosing eight of the following electives: Animal Ethics, Religious, Research Methods in Anthrozoology, Animal Behavior/Animal Communication, The Mental Lives of Animals, Applied Animal Behavior, Animal Assisted, Companion Animals in Society, Animals in Literature, Animals in Science, Animals in the Food Industry, Animals and the Economy, Understanding Indifference and Animal Abuse, Animal Protection as a Social Movement, or Independent Research.

Graduates will gain a number of new skills that will allow them to pursue various jobs in the animal field. Students will learn to critically think in regards to the roles of animals in society, and understand human-animal relationships. Students will also learn to proficiently communicate anthrozoological information. Lastly, students will learn new skills and perspectives from participating in an internship or independent research project.

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    A previously completed bachelor’s degree (in any major discipline) is required. The ordinary expectation is a past undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Submission of GRE scores is recommended, but not required.

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