Earn your anthrozoology degree at Canisius University and explore the historical, cultural and ethical relationships that exist between humans and other animals. Our interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes the practical, real-world skill development you’ll need to excel in many career fields, from wildlife conservation to ethics to therapeutic settings. Opportunities include taking care of foster animals on campus, allowing you to examine human-animal interaction all the way to when the pets get adopted.

Unleash Your Passion for Animals With an Anthrozoology Major 

If you are considering becoming an anthrozoologist, you already have a deep curiosity for the extraordinary relations and relationships between people and non-human animals across a wide range of real-world applications. At Canisius, you’ll have the opportunity to delve deeper into this fascinating topic. Here, you can look forward to:

  • Honing practical skills for working with humans and animals in a variety of settings, from education and research to therapeutic interventions and in shelters.
  • Developing research skills and knowledge from our social science curriculum in your pursuit of your anthrozoology major.
  • Specializing in specific areas of interest, such as the role of companion animals in shelters and in the home, the treatment of animals used for research or as food, as well as the roles of zoos and sanctuaries in modern society.

When you graduate, you’ll be ready to enter a diverse and meaningful workforce or pursue advanced study to further sharpen skills and gain expertise in this fascinating field.

Anthrozoology Degree Program Highlights

  • Emphasis on experiential learning and building practical skills to prepare for diverse anthrozoological careers
  • Anthrozoology courses focusing on the history of horse and human relationships, animal learning with kittens and dogs, and animal-assisted therapy
  • Proximity to the Buffalo Zoo and numerous animal shelters and rescues
  • Internship opportunities based on your personal interests and professional goals
  • Small classes with active learning opportunities and close interaction with professors and peers

Featured Courses in Our Anthrozoology Major

  • Animal-Assisted Interventions — Examine the integration of non-human animals in various therapeutic and educational settings. Understand the distinctions among animal-assisted interventions (AAIs), animal-assisted therapies (AATs), animal-assisted activities (AAA) and service and emotional support animals. You’ll also explore the inclusion of companion, farmed and wild/exotic animals in other assisted endeavors.
  • Psychology of the Human-Animal Bond—Explore various  studies of  conventional and non-conventional human-animal relationships from a psycho-sociological perspective. Exposure to a variety of psychology-based approaches, including social, biological, environmental, developmental, and cognitive human and animal psychology to understand and evaluate diverse human-animal interactions. This interdisciplinary course will aid students in critically examining various factors impacting the human-animal bond. 

Career Opportunities for Anthrozoology Program Graduates

Anthrozoology majors at Canisius University receive a broad social sciences education that translates into a variety of career fields. We’ve seen graduates in similar programs go on to work in the nonprofit and private sectors, or go on to graduate school.

Aspiring anthrozoologists can easily transition their skills to work in animal shelters, rescues, pet industry, laboratories, and sanctuaries, , informal environmental, conservation, and humane education, art and academia, in areas like philosophy, ethics,sociology, psychology, or animal welfare.

The need for animal advocates and service workers is growing fast: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that jobs for these roles will grow by 29% over the next decade — more than three times the average growth rate for all occupations. Your anthrozoology degree will also be a great asset in many other careers, including:

  • Animal-assisted therapy and interventions
  • Companion animal care and training
  • Animal law and policy
  • Nature-focused non-profit organizations
  • Animal shelters, rescues, and sanctuaries
  • Animal use regulation
  • Farm animal welfare
  • Animal advocacy