Animal Policy and Advocacy

Department Course Offerings

  • AP300 Research Methods for Humane Change

    The purpose of the course is to familiarize students with research resources and tools that can be employed on behalf of animals. Students will learn the basics of how to find, conduct, and critique research. The course will review the basic principles of literature reviews, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and how to research issues, organizations, and communities. Research exercises will enable students to enhance research skills and to prepare for the capstone and other coursework in the program. 3 credits

  • AP301 Animal Protection As A Social Movement

    This course looks at the animal protection movement in the context of social movement theories. The course will explore the ideas, activists, issues, strategies and organizations that comprise the animal protection movement. The course also examines the myriad of economic interests that oppose efforts to gain protections for companion animals, farm animals, wild animals, and animals in research. 3 credits

  • AP302 Animals and Public Policy

    This course provides an overview of public policy in the areas of farm animals, wildlife, companion animals, and research animals. From the 3Rs to the five freedoms, students will gain a working knowledge of current policy debates related to animal protection. The course provides an opportunity to explore and evaluate policy alternatives. 3 credits

  • AP400 Animals, Advocacy and Corporate Change

    The course reviews the growing body of social science literature on social movement strategies to affect corporate change. Using case studies, the course focuses on how the animal protection movement has used negotiations, letter writing campaigns, shareholder resolutions, boycotts, shopping guides, protests, media, and litigation to change corporate behavior towards animals. The course also explores corporate responses to advocacy. 3 credits

  • AP402 Farm Animal Welfare

    Nearly 31 million farmed animals are slaughtered each day in the United States for human consumption. This course examines the impact of industrial animal agribusiness practices on animal welfare, the environment, human health, and community sustainability. The course explores the implications of science and ethics for farm animal policy. 3 credits

  • AP403 Wildlife Policy

    In the last few decades, there has been a revolution in how Americans view and value wildlife. The population shift from rural to urban environments has been accompanied by a shift from a predominantly utilitarian public perspective on wildlife to one that mixes utilitarian, ecological, humane, aesthetic, and sometimes harshly negative views of wildlife. This course examines the historical and cultural roots of current U.S. wildlife policy, and look at how controversies over wildlife policy are driven by conflicts in values among stakeholders and by differences in mandates and cultures among government agencies. 3 credits

  • AP404 Research Animal Policy

    This course focuses on legislative and regulatory policies and agencies that affect the welfare of animals in research. The course addresses policies related to minimization of animal pain and distress and consideration of alternatives to animal use. The impact of globalization on animal research internationally also will be explored. 3 credits

  • AP407 Special Issues in Companion Animal Policy: Dangerous Dogs

    Although dogs have long enjoyed the status of man's best friend', there are instances in which dogs show aggressive behavior towards humans. This course examines the issue of dog bites, how they occur, when they occur, what initiates this behavior, the consequences of dog aggression, and what humans can do about this unwanted behavior. Victim behavior as well as policy and community prevention responses are reviewed. 3 credits

  • AP450 Independent Study in Animal Policy and Advocacy

    Students may design and complete an independent study on a topic not currently covered in the curriculum. The student will need to identify a faculty member to supervise the independent study.Guidelines for Independent Study are distributed by the Department Chair. 3 credits

  • AP500 Capstone in Animal Policy and Advocacy I

    At the end of the program, students are required to complete a two-term faculty-supervised independent project in a specific area of interest. The first term of the Capstone project involves preparation of a project proposal and a literature review. Prerequisites: To qualify for the capstone, students must have completed at least 21 credits from foundation and core courses for the Animal Policy and Advocacy major. Capstone course guidelines are given by the Department Chair. 3 credits

  • AP501 Capstone in Animal Policy and Advocacy II

    The second term of the Capstone project is focused on data collection and analysis, an online presentation of the project to the HSU community, and preparation of a final report. Prerequisites: To qualify for the capstone, students must have completed at least 21 credits from core courses for the Animal Policy and Advocacy major. 3 credits