Enhance your credentials with a minor in Humane Studies!

As a student in Humane Studies you will become part of an exciting, cutting-edge field based on the idea of the interconnectedness of social justice, sustainability, and animal protection. 

Alongside our faculty, you will get involved in community-based service-learning projects while learning practical skills and earning professional credentials in the field of your passion.

Degrees Offered



Sociology at Madonna involves the study of social change, social life, diverse communities, and their interactions. Students will learn to use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. A sociology degree will equip you with the necessary skills to succeed in making sense of the ever-changing social world such as communication, collaboration, analytical problem solving, multicultural understanding, effective writing, and research.

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Community Leadership

The Community Leadership Program at Madonna University is one of only a few programs in the United States where students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Leadership. 

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BSW Social Work

A (BSW) degree prepares students for generalist practice, and graduates are eligible for licensure (LBSW) in the state of Michigan. The diverse range of skills you receive in the program will prepare you to work in both public and private settings with an array of clients.

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Faculty Bios

Andrew DomzalskiProfessor
Program Director
ESL, MATESOL and Co-Director of Humane Studies

M.S. Psychology, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland

M.A. Pastoral Ministry, Marygrove College

Ph.D. Reading and Language Arts, Oakland University



Andrew Domzalski

Dr. Andrew Domzalski is the Director of ESL (English as a Second Language and MATESOL (Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Programs. He also co-directs the Master of Science in Humane Studies 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 Humane Studies. In TESOL he focuses on application of linguistic theories to ESL teacher preparation and ESL grammar and reading pedagogies.

In Humane Studies he explores scientific and societal factors determining human conceptualizations and treatment of animals as well as application of humane education across curriculum. Dr. Domzalski has presented and published in both areas of his interest and he teaches mainly graduate courses in linguistics, ESL pedagogy, and humane studies.

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

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Michelle M ProctorProfessor
Sociology Program Director
Co-Director of Humane Studies

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 Studies Program (one of only two Humane Education Programs in the US). 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 currently serves 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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