Humane Society University and other schools offer courses and degrees in the once-esoteric field of animal studies.
Geese take a stroll at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville. Only recently has animal studies become an academic field, with courses popping up around the world, including at Harvard and Dartmouth universities in the United States and the University of Auckland in New Zealand. Three U.S. schools offer degree-granting human-animal studies programs: Humane Society University, Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., and Carroll College in Helena, Mont. Marvin Joseph/THE WASHINGTON POST Buy Photo