College Universities Create Animal Welfare Programs

Several universities have created animal welfare programs.

Humane Society University, the educational arm of the Humane Society of the United States, has partnered with The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management in Washington D.C. to offer a Graduate Certificate in Community Advocacy.

The program, consisting of online and brief onsite components, is geared for students interested in becoming a leader of community activism or agent for public policy in any area of animal welfare.

Courses include leadership styles, grassroots politics, state and local government politics, focus group research, media relations and advanced practicum in community advocacy.

Once completed, students can apply their coursework toward the Political Management Master’s degree.

The program begins spring 2009.

HSU has also partnered with Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement in Pittsburgh to develop an online Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Humane Leadership.

The program, which begins Aug. 23, is designed for individuals working in animal care and control facilities in the United States.

In addition, the pair has developed a Master of Science in Community Leadership degree. It is intended to develop management skills that are directly transferable to leadership positions within one’s animal care and control organization.

Students can earn the 36-credit degree in two years through online courses.

Topics include understanding interconnections and the ecology of community; systems thinking, program design, evaluation and sustainability; leading, motivating and empowering others; appreciating diversity; collaboration with diverse groups; communicating effectively and persuasively; consensus building; ethical decision-making; and balancing community and individual goals.

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