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Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Animal Advocacy
Certificate
HEGIS # 5501
Chairperson: Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 240, (518) 629-7342

The Animal Advocacy Certificate Program is designed for students who wish to pursue or currently maintain a career in the field of animal advocacy. 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 advocacy 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 advocacy 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 Notes High School Average
1 unit of academic math 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 Advocacy Seminar I and
CRJS 136 - Animal Advocacy Seminar II or
3
______ CRJS 137 - Animal Advocacy Seminar III
CRJS 230 Animal Law I 3
CRJS 231 Animal Law II 3
CRJS 235 Animal Protection Advocacy – Lobbying and Legislation 3
CRJS 290 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
______ 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: BIOL 119, BIOL 237, CRJS 203, CRJS 250, CRJS 255, PADM 230, PSYC 100, PSYC 200, PSYC 210 and SOCL 200

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR STUDY
FIRST TERM
CRJS 131 Forensic Assessment of Animal Cruelty Investigations 3
CRJS 230 Animal Law I 3
PADM 100 - Intro to Public Administration or
Restricted Elective
3
  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 Advocacy Seminar I and
CRJS 136 – Animal Advocacy Seminar II or
CRJS 137 - Animal Advocacy Seminar III
  3
  Term Total 6
FOURTH TERM
CRJS 235 Animal Protection Advocacy – Lobbying & Legislation 3
CRJS 290 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
  Term Total 6