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Summer 2018

All courses on this list are open to Alumni. Community members are eligible to take the courses listed below that are offered on the campus nearest to them. For information about eligibility, please visit our Community Audit page.

The following is a guide to Tufts University Summer Session undergraduate and graduate course numbers:

  • 0001 - 0099: undergraduate credit only
  • 0100 - 0199: undergraduate or graduate
  • 0200 & Up: strictly graduate


  • Some course descriptions contain Tufts University information pertaining to fall and spring offerings of the same course. Where possible, summer specific information has been provided.
  • Pre-requisite and prior study/learning recommendations are indicated in course descriptions. Students who do not attend Tufts in the fall or spring terms should pay attention to these indications when making course selections. If you have questions, contact the instructor or sponsoring department.

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Title:   Human-Animal Studies      

Course Number:      EXP 0027A
Campus: Medford/Somer.   
Room: TBA

Course Description:

How do humans and animals interact? How do we define and identify the ranges of complex human and animal relationships?
We will examine the consistent presence and use of animals by humans throughout history, the advantages and disadvantages that these connections provide for both humans and animals, and many of the ethical dilemmas surrounding these dynamics. A survey of these connections throughout history, literature, entertainment, medicine, and religion reveals that humans and animals have been interacting with each other for thousands of years. We hunt them, eat them, wear them, conduct tests on them, idolize them, work them, and study them. Some species appear as lovable characters in books, team mascots, cultural idols, and as children's toys while others we fear and even demonize. Included on the animal-human relationship spectrum is the presence of domesticated animals in our homes. Cats, dogs, and other species have joined our human families and are cared for with the same love and financial support that many people provide for their children.
This course has been approved by the Academic Review Board to count toward Natural Sciences distribution credit.
Laura Cummings (A '00 and DVM '05) is an emergency veterinarian in a twenty-four-hour critical care hospital. Laura has been intrigued with the ethical issues in veterinary medicine and surrounding topics for over a decade, and she has researched the topic thoroughly. Laura has worked in a zoo, a primate research facility, a kill-shelter, and a wildlife refuge to make an effort to understand the ethical controversies in these widely diverse environments.

Instructor: Laura Cummings           Instructor Website

Offered in: First session
Class Dates: Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to Friday, Jun 29, 2018
Day(s): TTh           Times: 6:00-9:30 PM                     
Status: Open


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