M.S. in Animal Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with the Master of Science in Animal Studies will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking and communication skills to animal protection debates;
  • Formulate research questions and interpret, evaluate, and conduct qualitative and quantitative research on scientific, cultural and philosophical animal issues;
  • Analyze and develop animal protection campaigns; and
  • Conceive, formulate and execute a publishable independent study that advances our understanding of the animal protection landscape.

Degree Requirements

A Master of Science in Animal Studies is granted upon successful completion of 36 HSU graduate credit hours. Effective for students admitted after June 1, 2012. For the previous degree requirement list click here.

Foundation Courses (15 credits):
AP601 Animal Protection as a Social Movement
AS605 Animals and Ethics
HL606 Applied Critical Thinking and Creative Problem Solving
HL607 Communication Skills for Animal Protection Professionals
HL640 Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods

Core Courses (9 credits):
AS600 Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Animal Studies
AS601 Understanding the Human-Animal Bond
AS616 Animal Behavior, Animal Minds, and Animal Protection

Elective Courses* (3 credits):
*Any graduate course offered may be taken as an elective except for HL650, HL652, and HL659. See Animal Policy & Advocacy, Humane Leadership, and additional Animal Studies graduate courses for elective course options.

Field Placement and Thesis Courses (9 credits):
AS797 Animal Studies Field Placement
AS798 Animal Studies Thesis I
AS799 Animal Studies Thesis II

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