Human-Animal Interactions

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Human-Animal Interactions: Appalachia and Beyond
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197: Thursday 2:00 – 4:30 pm
Fall 2016

What does it mean to be “human” and/or “animal?”  How do our perceptions of non-human animals help inform our relationships with the natural world and with each other?  The complex interactions between Homo sapiens and other animals have profoundly influenced human culture, economy, and even our world view(s).  Furthermore, this relationship has had drastic consequences for the health and welfare of humans, animals, and the environment.  This course will critically examine the evolution of human-animal interactions from a variety perspectives in several disciplines.  Current and historical human-animal relationships within the Appalachian region will be highlighted; however, the Appalachian “animal” will also be positioned within a broader, global context.


Shawn Terrell is a practicing veterinarian in the Appalachian region of North Carolina. He is also a part time instructor in the Sustainable Development Program at Appalachian State University.  Shawn holds a B.S. in Biology from Auburn University Montgomery, a D.V.M. from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.  Shawn’s research has focused on folk veterinary medicine, animal healthcare accessibility, and sustainable agriculture in Southern Appalachia.  His teaching experiences include international veterinary outreach and development; animal health; livestock production; and Appalachian Studies.  As a veterinarian and farmer, Shawn has extensive first-hand experience with the human-animal relationship.  In teaching this course, he hopes to expand student awareness of the many ways in which human and non-human animals have influence on each other’s existence.  

Contact FYS

The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Dr. Martha McCaughey

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