Animal Studies at Michigan State University

Animal Studies: Social Science & Humanities Perspectives

This group is for anyone interested in the relationship between humans and other animals.

MSU offers a graduate specialization in Animal Studies: Social Science & Humanities Perspectives. This academic program is designed for doctoral and master's students at Michigan State University to explore the historical and social dimensions of the human-animal relationship from an interdisciplinary perspective. Students participating in the specialization program:

Gain basic knowledge in the relationships between humans and other animals;
Develop their understanding of how humans and other animals are linked together in a vulnerable biosphere;
Examine the legal, philosophical and historical perspectives on the human-animal relationship;
Apply issues of the human-animal relationship to their home disciplines.
This specialization is administered by the College of Social Science, and the Department of Sociology is the primary administrative unit.

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