Undergraduate Program

Animal Studies Minor


The Animal Studies Initiative (ASI) offers NYU undergraduate students the opportunity to graduate with a minor in Animal Studies. The program draws from courses offered by the Department of Environmental Studies, the ASI, and many other departments to propose a wide range of options for students to choose from – from biology and environmental science to art and literary studies, from ethics, law and policy to sociology. The Animal Studies minor can be combined with any major and will help students develop strengths in a variety of academic and professional fields. The NYU AS minor is one of only very few opportunities in the country to incorporate animal studies in a college degree.

Faculty at the ASI are happy to provide guidance for interested students. Please contact the AS minor adviser at:
animal.studies.advising@nyu.edu for more information or to declare a minor.

To complete a minor in Animal Studies, students must receive a grade of "C" (2.0) or better in four of the following 4-point courses (16 points)*. 

ANST-UA 200/ENVST-UA 610/SOC-UA 970 Animals & Society
ANST-UA 257/ANTH-UA 59 Primate Communication
ANST-UA 393/ENVST-UA 593/AHSEM 193/THEAT-UT 801 Making Art in the Anthropocene: Project on Ecology, Species and Vibrant Matter
ANST-UA 400 Ethics and Animals
ANST-UA 410 Animal Minds
ANST-UA 440/ENVST-UA 440 Food, Animals and the Environment
ANST-UA 500/ENVST-UA 630 Animals and Public Policy
ANST-UA 600 Topics in Animal Studies
ANST-UA 600.001 Topics in Animal Studies: Keeping Animals
ANST-UA 600.002/COLIT-UA 800.001/ENGL-UA 252.002 Topics in Animal Studies: Being Vegan: The Literature of Environmental Justice
ANTH-UA 54 Primate Behavioral Ecology
ANTH-UA 56 Comparative Biology of Living Primates
ANTH-UA 212 Prehistoric Art and Symbolic Evolution
CORE-UA 400 Text & Ideas: Topics
Animal Humans
CORE-UA 400 Text & Ideas: Topics
Of Beasts & Books
DRLIT-UA 301 Topics in Performance Studies: Animal Rites
ENVST-UA 323 Introduction to Marine Ecology and Conservation
ITPG-UT 2746 Animals, People and Those In Between


*Note that only a selection of these courses are normally offered every year. Please refer to the ongoing schedule for courses available for registration.