Let’s talk about a career with animals

Do you love animals? Do you dream of career working with them? We love animals, too, and we love educating you about them so you can have a life-long fulfilling career benefitting their well-being, and strengthening the human-animal bond. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Animal Studies at Madonna gives you a solid foundation in the biological sciences, including zoology and animal behavior. You will also gain knowledge in animal ethics and religious views on animals, law and policies, and animal-assisted therapies.

As a requirement with this degree, you also choose from one of many minors, including graphic design, business, criminal justice, and more, to complement your major and enhance your marketability. Through internships at local zoos, humane societies, and wildlife conservation agencies, among others, you gain practical skills needed for a broad range of professional employment opportunities in animal-related non-profit and governmental institutions.


Program Requirements

The students are required to choose a minor (20-32 s.h.) from one of the following: Biology, Criminal Justice, Broadcast and Cinema Arts, Graphic Design, Marketing, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Another minor could be selected instead, with an advisor’s approval.

Faculty Bios

Andrew Domzalski


Contact Person for Animal Studies,
Program Director,

MATESOL and Co-Director of Humane Leadership Program

M.S., Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland

M.A., Marygrove College

Ph.D.,  Oakland University



Andrew Domzalski

Dr. Andrew Domzalski is the contact person for the undergraduate program in Animal Studies. He also directs MATESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program and co-directs the Master of Science in Humane leadership Program. He joined full time faculty of Madonna University in 1999, the same year he completed his Ph.D. in Reading and Language Arts at Oakland University. He holds an MS in Psychology from Warsaw University and an MA in Pastoral Ministry from Marygrove College. His interests encompass topics in both TESOL and Animal Studies.

In Animal Studies, his research focus has been on religious conceptualizations of animals and on applications of humane education across disciplines. Dr. Domzalski has presented and published in both areas of his interest in Animal Studies as well as in TESOL. He teaches undergraduate courses in Animal Studies, Eastern Religions, and graduate courses in linguistics and ESL pedagogy.

For nearly nearly fifteen years he has been involving students in service learning through collaboration with the Detroit Zoo.

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Michelle M Proctor

Sociology Program Director
Co-Director of Humane Leadership


B.S.W. & M.S.W., University of South Florida

Ph.D., Wayne State University



Michelle M Proctor

Dr. Proctor’s career includes work as a medical and gerontological social worker, community organizer, and applied sociologist. Having served as Chair of the Sociology Department since 2007, she now serves as Program Director of the Social Work and Sociology Department and Co-Director of the Humane Leadership Program). She has guided the Sociology Program to become one of the few Applied Sociology Programs in Michigan with an emphasis on community-based service-learning campus initiatives.

Dr. Proctor’s research areas include social inequality, social and environmental justice, environmental sustainability, and animal welfare. In addition to teaching students at the Livonia campus, she teaches Haitian Students in the MU Haiti Educational Leadership Program (HELP). Her work is aimed at engaging students in community service and research. She has secured grants enabling numerous student-faculty research projects, many of which have resulted in student-faculty presentations at local and national professional conferences, including the American Sociological Association (ASA). She previously served as Chair of the Animals and Society Section of ASA. Her favorite courses are those that engage students in community-based learning.

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Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.Adjunct Associate Professor,  Co-Director of Humane Leadership Program

Ph.D., University of Windsor

M.A., Warsaw University



Boguslawa Gatarek, Ph.D.

Dr. Gatarek is one of the co-designers of the M.S. in Humane Leadership (previously Humane Studies). She has taught in this program since its inception in 2012. More recently she has assumed a role of one of the program's co-directors.

To her teaching and scholarship, Dr. Gatarek brings her educational background  in humane education, psychology, research methodology, and philosophy.

Her current research interests include animal ethics, humane education, and research methods in social sciences.

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Elizabeth Peckham, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology Program Director, Biology

Ph.D., University of Michigan

B.S., Ashland University



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Elizabeth Peckham, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Peckham is an Associate Professor of Biology and Program Director for Biology.  She is an Ohio native who moved to Michigan for graduate school and fell in love with the Great Lakes State. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 2020.  In the Animal Studies program, she teaches Animal Behavior and Zoology.  She is also the advisor for the Biology and Health Sciences Club.

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