There is no doubt animals are all around us and have a major role in the careers people choose.
That's why Eastern Kentucky University is now offering a new program that allows students to learn about the relationships between humans and animals.
Students at EKU who get into Animal Studies can either use that as their major or pair it with another program to get into a wide variety of careers...anything from law enforcement to agriculture.
"If they want to become a wildlife photographer, they can take photography courses if they want to work on law, there's several law courses they can take so it allows the student to go wherever they want," says Dr. Robert Mitchell, EKU Professor of Psychology.
"We have courses on animals in law, primate conservation, other kinds of wild life conservation, wildlife law, things that are applied as well as agriculture and learning about how the meat gets to the table," says Mitchell.
Students may even choose to focus on how animals cope in disasters, something on the forefront of a lot of our minds while we deal with the Gulf oil spill. Or how should we deal with bears in neighborhoods? It will all be examined in this course.
"Animal studies is not training you in a particular way but it's giving you the kind of things you need to be able to apply your knowledge in diverse situations," explains Mitchell.
Dr. Mitchell helped to develop the animal studies major which may be the first of it's kind in the world.
"I think there are a lot of people who are fascinated by animals in some way or another and this would give them the chance to get a baccalaureate degrees focusing on something they find interesting," says Mitchell.