Animal Studies is an emerging field that builds on scholarship in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences to investigate past and present relations between human and non-human animals, the representation of those relations, their ethical implications and their social, political, and ecological effects in and on the world. It is a field of critical importance today as the complex, but fragile interdependence of all life becomes increasingly apparent, and as scholars, artists, and activists seek ways to understand and enhance the lives of all animals. Wesleyan Animal Studies fosters scholarship on human-animal relations from a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Wesleyan Animal Studies courses are listed on Wesmaps.
Since 2011 Wesleyan Animal Studies, in partnership with the Animals and Society Institute (ASI), hosts the ASI-WAS Human-Animal Studies Fellowship Program at the College of the Environment. WAS also sponsors conferences and events.