Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Slippery Rock University

Animal Assisted Interventions, Minor

Animals play an important role in promoting human health and well-being. The human-animal bond (HAB) is known to promote a variety of physiological, emotional and social benefits. In addition, intervention utilizing animals have produced recognized benefits for individuals with a variety of disabling conditions. The minor in Animal-Assisted Interventions uses an interdisciplinary approach for students to develop the competencies for using Animal-Assisted Interventions in their professional practice. This minor would be especially appropriate for students enrolled in a health-related, human service, or educational major.

To access Minor Requirements, please view the Curriculum Guide tab.


Animal Assisted Interventions, Minor Program Page

Professional Licensure/Certification Page



Minor GPA: 2.00 or higher


  • Students must complete at least 6 credit hours in their minor from SRU
  • A minimum of 6 credit hours must be upper division (courses numbered 300 and above)
  • A minor shall be no fewer than 18 credits.
Required Core Courses
RCTH 252Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies3
or PE 250 Equine Assisted Activities
RCTH 305Animal-Assisted Therapy for Diverse Populations & Settings3
SOWK 300Crisis Intervention3
SOWK 310Animal Assisted Interventions3
Professional Electives
Select two of the following:6
Disability, Community Inclusion, and Diversity
Recreational Therapy for People with Physical Disabilities
Recreational Therapy for People with Psychosocial and Mental Disorders
Recreational Therapy for Older Adults
Stress Management
Death and Dying
Contemporary Social Problems
Society, Culture and Self
Group Facilitation and Leadership
Science of the Mind-Body Connection
Developmental Psychology
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Total Hours18

Some courses may require pre-requisites. Please see course descriptions to determine if there are any pre-requisites for that specific course.

Important Curriculum Guide Notes

This Curriculum Guide is provided to help SRU students and prospective students better understand their intended major curriculum. Enrolled SRU students should note that the My Rock Audit may place already-earned and/or in progress courses in different, yet valid, curriculum categories. Enrolled SRU students should use the My Rock Audit Report and materials and information provided by their faculty advisers to ensure accurate progress towards degree completion. The information on this guide is current as of the date listed. Students are responsible for curriculum requirements at the time of enrollment at the University.

PASSHE - Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Institutions

Minor in Animal-Assisted Interventions (71C)
This program is effective as of Summer 2022
Revised 06.10.2022
UCC: 03.01.2022