College Catalog
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Animal Policy
Certificate
HEGIS # 5501
Chairperson: Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300, (518) 629-7342

The Animal Policy Certificate Program is designed for students who wish to pursue or currently maintain a career in the field of animal policy. Working in the framework of public policy, this certificate program can be applied towards an A.A.S. in Public Administration Studies.

The area of animal policy is a rapidly evolving field of study across the world. With increasing knowledge and awareness in this area, the link between cruelty to animals and human violence is becoming more established and actions are being taken to prevent, educate, and seek justice. Colleges across the country are introducing more courses based on animal policy and animal law and there are few, if any other programs like this in the area.

The college's Department of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration initiated this program with the help of local animal advocates. The curricula, course syllabi and other academic undertakings were then developed by department faculty and staff.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
1 unit of academic math Fall and Spring Social Science, humanities and lab sciences courses recommended. 70 or above

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  
Course No. Title Credit Hrs.
CRJS 130 Legal Issues for Animal Control 3
CRJS 131 Forensic Assessment of Animal Cruelty Investigations 3
CRJS 132 Shelter and Rescue Management 3
CRJS 135 Animal Policy Seminar I AND 3
CRJS 136 Animal Policy Seminar II OR
CRJS 137 Animal Policy Seminar III
CRJS 230 Animal Law I 3
CRJS 231 Animal Law II 3
CRJS 235 Lobbying and Legislation for Animal Policy 3
CRJS 290 Criminal Justice Practicum OR 3
  (1) Restricted Elective
PADM 100 Intro to Public Administration OR 3
  (1) Restricted Elective
  Total Credits Required 27

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.

(1) Restricted Electives: ACTG 100, ACTG 110, ACTG 111, ACTG 212, BADM 100, BADM 110, BADM 111, BADM 120, BADM 200, BADM 207, BADM 208, BADM 220, BIOL 104, BIOL 119, BIOL 150, BIOL 151, BIOL 237, BIOL 252, CISS 100, CMPT 101, CMPT 105, CRJS 101, CRJS 110, CRJS 150, CRJS 190, CRJS 203, CRJS 205, CRJS 236, CRJS 250, CRJS 255, ECON 100, ECON 101, ENGL 101, ENGL 102, ENGL 106, ENGL 110, ENGL 120, ENGL 125, INDS 100, LGLS 100, MATH 120, MATH 135, MKTG 120, MKTG 216, PADM 180, PADM 205, PADM 210, PADM 220, PADM 230, POLS 100, POLS 105, POLS 110, PSYC 100, PSYC 200, PSYC 210, PSYC 215, SOCL 100, SOCL 110, SOCL 200

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR STUDY
FIRST TERM   Credit Hrs.
CRJS 131 Forensic Assessment of Animal Cruelty Investigations 3
CRJS 230 Animal Law I 3
PADM 100 Intro to Public Administration OR 3
  (1) Restricted Elective
  Term Total 9
SECOND TERM
CRJS 130 Legal Issues for Animal Control 3
CRJS 231 Animal Law II 3
  Term Total 6
THIRD TERM
CRJS 132 Shelter and Rescue Management 3
CRJS 135 Animal Policy Seminar I AND 3
CRJS 136 Animal Policy Seminar II OR
CRJS 137 Animal Policy Seminar III
  Term Total 6
FOURTH TERM
CRJS 235 Lobbying and Legislation for Animal Policy 3
CRJS 290 Criminal Justice Practicum OR 3
  (1) Restricted Elective
  Term Total 6