The programs in the Department of Animal Studies are designed to give students a firm understanding of the scientific, ethical, and cultural bases for animal protection. Students gain familiarity with scientific discoveries regarding animal sentience and explore how animals are viewed and represented across academic, geographic, societal, and ideological axes. These studies are intended to inform the central question: How ought we to treat animals? The curriculum enables students to effectively challenge conservative, Cartesian views of animals, and in doing so to lay bare the profound disconnect between our current knowledge of animals and their capacities and how we continue to treat animals. Students who graduate from this program will possess knowledge and skills applicable to a range of careers, including animal protection, the life sciences, and education.