2021-2022 Edition

Academic Catalog

Animal Studies Cluster

Department website: http://www.wesleyan.edu/animalstudies/


Animal Studies is an emerging field that builds on scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences to investigate past and present relations between human and non-human animals, the representation of those relations, their ethical implications and their social, political, and ecological effects in and on the world. It is a field of critical importance today as the complex, but fragile interdependence of all life becomes increasingly apparent, and as scholars, artists, and activists seek ways to understand and enhance the lives of all animals. Wesleyan Animal Studies fosters scholarship on human-animal relations from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

Courses Associated with the Cluster

Popular Culture and Social Justice: An Introduction to American Studies
Biopolitics, Animality, and Posthumanism: Junior Colloquium
Eat, Grow, Heal: The Anthropology of Food and Justice
Classic Studies in Animal Behavior
Animal Theories/Human Fictions
Humans, Animals, and Nature
Animal Law and Policy
Animal Minds
Cognitive Psychology
The Psychology of Prejudice and Discrimination