Animal Studies: Social Science and Humanities Perspectives

A graduate specialization in Animal Studies is designed for students 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 an 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 primary disciplines.

This specialization is administered by the College of Social Science. The Department of Sociology is the primary administrative unit.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Linda Kalof
Animal Studies Graduate Specialization
Department of Sociology
509 E Circle Drive, Room 6H
Berkey Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Telephone: 517-355-6638


Click here for the Animal Studies web site.