Madonna to Offer Animal Studies Degree Program

Madonna students at zoo near giraffe exhibit

LIVONIA, MICH. College students who love animals and dream of a career that involves animals will love Madonna University’s newest undergraduate degree program in animal studies.

The multidisciplinary animal studies program, which begins Fall Semester 2021, will equip students with fundamental knowledge of zoology and animal behavior. In addition, students in the program will gain an in-depth understanding of individual and societal issues regarding human-animal interactions viewed from the lenses of such diverse academic fields as ethics, law, public policy, and religious studies.

Students will develop the practical skills needed for a broad range of employment opportunities through internships at local zoos, humane societies, wildlife conservation agencies, and similar organizations. To further enhance Madonna students’ marketability, the program requires they complete a minor that complements their desired career path. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in animal studies will be prepared for professional careers in a broad range of animal-related businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

“We love animals, too, and we love educating and training like-minded individuals for fulfilling careers that benefit animals and strengthen the human-animal bond,” said Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D., Madonna professor and chair of the Humanities Department, and the program’s creator. He explained that Madonna’s program will provide not only a solid foundation in biological sciences, but also broad knowledge of animal ethics, law and policies, and religious views. Students will choose from a wide spectrum of minors, including graphic design, business, criminal justice, broadcast and cinema arts, and more, that support the career path they desire. Career opportunities for graduates with a degree in animal studies include: administrator or caretaker at a zoo, wildlife sanctuary, or humane society, animal cruelty investigator, graphic designer at an animal welfare organization, animal spokesperson, and more. 

For more information about Madonna University’s new bachelor’s degree in animal studies, visit our Animal Studies degree page

A Felician-sponsored ministry, Madonna University has been providing liberal arts education, career preparation, and service-learning opportunities to students for more than 80 years. In addition to its beautiful main campus, conveniently located at I-96 and Levan Road in Livonia, Madonna offers academic programs in Gaylord, Macomb, and online in China, Haiti and the United Arab Emirates. Michigan’s most affordable, independent, Catholic, liberal arts university, Madonna offers more than 100 undergraduate and 35 graduate programs in the colleges of arts and sciences, education and human development, and nursing and health, as well as the School of Business.