The affiliation between Monmouth University and Six Flags Safari provides psychology students with a mixture of classroom, on-site, and scholarship-based learning experiences. Students learn firsthand the psychology of animal behavior and animal training, including learning, memory, and cognition. These principles are demonstrated using a selection of the 1,300 animals that Six Flags Safari houses, including giraffes, sea lions, elephants, and rhinoceros. Under Six Flags supervision, students personally work with these animals as part of their course work. Students gain public speaking skills as they participate in educational outreach presentations both at Six
Flags and on Monmouth University’s campus.
The Psychology Department at Monmouth provided me with the transferable skills necessary to apply, interview, accept, and excel at my internship at Walt Disney World as a participant in the Disney College Program. My familiarity and exposure to the Wild Safari at Six Flags Great Adventure as part of the Department’s Experiential Education course on the psychology behind animal training has served me well in my role as an Attractions Cast Member in Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
— Rachel Conners, Class of 2013