Butler University

Undergraduate Programs

Students leave Butler ready to step directly into a career or graduate school with confidence. That success is tied to our dedication to providing a solid liberal arts education that is coupled with experiential learning opportunities that include internships, study abroad, service projects, and scholarly research. It’s a commitment to both academic excellence and real-world success that creates responsible citizens who go forth and improve the world.

The foundation of Butler students’ success is our Core Curriculum—a series of foundational classes and experiences that broaden our students’ educational horizons and give them the tools they need to be successful in whatever field they choose.

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Accounting

MajorBS

Lacy School of Business

Through practical, hands-on experience, the Accounting program will prepare you for a successful career in corporate or public accounting.

Actuarial Science

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Actuarial Science major boasts a rigorous curriculum designed to prepare students for all necessary professional aptitude examinations.

African Studies

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The African Studies minor at Butler offers students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by studying one of the world’s largest and most diverse regions

Anthropology

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Anthropology major explores the human condition from a range of perspectives, focusing on cultural anthropology and research methods where students will produce original work and learn how to think critically and write effectively.

Anthropology and Psychology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined major in Anthropology and Psychology supplements the study of the human condition with the study of the human mind and behavior, allowing you to specialize in two related fields.

Anthropology and Religion

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined major in Anthropology and Religion supplements the study of the human condition with the study of religious human traditions, allowing you to specialize in two related fields.

Art + Design

MajorMinorBA

Jordan College of the Arts

Butler’s Art + Design program combines the creative practice of visual arts with the discipline of design, preparing you for an adaptable career.

Art History

Minor

Jordan College of the Arts

The Art History minor offers 21 credit hours of study focusing on art’s past and present within its various contexts.

Arts Administration

MajorBS

Jordan College of the Arts

Whether it’s through marketing, programming, ticket sales, or fundraising, arts administrators provide the crucial infrastructure necessary to bring the arts to the public.

Astronomy

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Through the Astronomy minor, you will have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world and access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

MajorMinor3YRBS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Astronomy and Astrophysics major combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience, research facilities and equipment, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg.

Biochemistry

Major3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Biochemistry major offers an undergraduate degree program that emphasizes experiential learning, a collaborative research environment, and problem solving.

Biology

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Biology major will prepare you to excel as a broadly-trained scientist, with coursework in scientific foundations, literature, laboratory, and experimental design.

Business

Minor

Lacy School of Business

The Business minor will introduce you to the language and tools of business through accounting, economics, information management, and business statistics.

Business Law

Minor

Lacy School of Business

Butler’s Business Law minor will give you basic law vocabulary and foundational theory through introductory accounting and economics courses.

Chemistry

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Chemistry program provides access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, a focus on research, and internships in local chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Chinese

MajorMinorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Explore spoken Mandarin and simplified Chinese characters comprehensively–along with the rich cultures, peoples, and business climate of China.

Classics

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Through studying the Greeks and Romans, you will come to learn the emphasis both cultures placed on knowledge, wisdom, and experience, and understand that they are not just the keys to our program, but the keys to life as well.

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Major3YRBA

College of Communication

The Communication Sciences and Disorders major offers a variety of clinical experiences and opportunities to participate in research, preparing students for admission into competitive Speech-Language Pathology graduate programs.

Computer Science

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Computer Science program offers access to the Big Dawg supercomputer, programming contests, and the unique opportunity to create software for nonprofit organizations through participation in our Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program.

Creative Media and Entertainment

MajorMinorBA

Creative Media and Entertainment will provide you with up-to-date conceptual and practical skills in digital media technologies, aesthetics, and industries

Criminology

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Through the Criminology major, you'll learn the basics of human interactions and relationships while developing an understanding of social life, change, and causes and consequences of behavior from hands-on exercises in a flourishing metropolis.

Criminology and Psychology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined Criminology and Psychology major is excellent preparation if you are considering advanced study or careers in areas such as criminology, law, or social work

Critical Communication and Media Studies

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

Critical Communication and Media studies will challenge you to examine popular culture's influence on ourselves as well as our society.

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Dance—Arts Administration

MajorBS

Jordan College of the Arts

The Dance Arts Administration major combines coursework in business, journalism, communication, and non-profit management with training in Butler’s prestigious Department of Dance.

Dance—Pedagogy

MajorBA

Jordan College of the Arts

The Dance—Pedagogy major prepares students for a career as a private dance teacher with a balanced curriculum including courses in dance, education, and the liberal arts

Dance—Performance

MajorBFA

Jordan College of the Arts

Consistently recognized as one of the top five classical dance programs in the country, you’ll receive conservatory-level instruction from a faculty of highly respected artists and teachers.

Data Science

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Data Science minor will offer you an opportunity to complement your knowledge with the skills to create data-based, actionable insights to improve decision-making.

Diverse Learners

Minor

College of Education

This minor includes coursework in topics such as special education, behavior management, and special education law.

Economics

MajorMinorBS Economics

Lacy School of Business

The Economics major prepares students with a focus on understanding financial institutions, markets, public policy and individual decision making.

Economics

MajorMinorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

As an Economics student, you’ll learn data-gathering skills with an overarching liberal arts focus, designed for students who are interested in a well-rounded curriculum.

Education

Minor

College of Education

This minor is open to all students, and provides a general foundation of educational knowledge.

Elementary Education

MajorBS

College of Education

Elementary Education students have active learning experiences including a full-time, full-year student teaching experience as well as opportunities to work in actual classrooms beginning with your first year.

Engineering Dual Degree Program

MajorDual DegreeBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

This unique, five-year program allows students to earn two degrees: one in engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis along with a Butler degree.

English

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studying English at Butler provides four academic tracks: Literature; Creative Writing; Public and Professional Writing; and Literary Theory, Culture, and Criticism.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation

MajorMinorBS

Lacy School of Business

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation major offers real business start-up experiences, internships, and mentorship, which will give you the skills you need to stand apart from competition.

Environmental Studies

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Environmental Studies major provides a flexible and rigorous curriculum that challenges students to explore the economic, political, cultural, technological, and scientific facets of environmental issues.

Ethics

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Ethical issues are important to many human activities, fields of inquiry, and professions and this minor provides an excellent complement to many majors.

Exploratory Business

Major

Lacy School of Business

Butler’s Exploratory Business program is perfect for those interested in studying business, but are undecided about their major.

Exploratory Communication

College of Communication

The Exploratory Communication major gives you an opportunity to discover the many areas of study that Butler’s College of Communication (CCOM) has to offer.

Exploratory Education

College of Education

Our Exploratory Education major is a great starter option for students who think they would like to teach, but are not sure which path to take.

Exploratory Natural Sciences

Major

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Exploratory Natural Sciences program is designed for students who have an interest in natural science or health-related fields, but may benefit from initial exposure to available majors to identify the right fit.

Exploratory Studies

Major

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler’s Exploratory Studies program connects you to faculty across campus and offers the support and resources necessary to help find you major that’s right for you.

Film Studies

Minor

College of Communication

The Film Studies minor explores how people devise and use media to engage with the world and to construct identity and community.

Finance

MajorBS

Lacy School of Business

Finance students can focus on either corporate finance, investments, or both, allowing you to gain real-world experience needed to confidently enter the financial workplace.

French

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Small class sizes and a faculty of nationally and internationally active scholars gives students majoring in French a remarkably personalized educational experience.

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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

MajorMinorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Focused on intersectionality and an intellectually rigorous and challenging approach to cultural critique and social justice, this degree provides a truly enlightening, student-driven education.

Geography

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Geography brings together history, culture, and spatial patterning, and reinforces the message of both history and anthropology in a common department.

German

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Studying German provides the linguistic fluency and cultural competence needed for a broad range of professions and post-graduate educational opportunities in today’s globalized world.

Health Sciences

MajorBSHS

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

This major is designed to provide a mix of human healthcare expertise and soft skills, preparing you for a career in the healthcare industry.

Healthcare and Business

MajorBSHS

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

This unique program will prepare you with an uncommon skill set, combining Butler’s liberal arts core with basic sciences, healthcare, and business courses.

Healthcare Management

Minor

Lacy School of Business

A minor in Healthcare Management means both an understanding of business disciplines and expertise in the management issues specific to the healthcare industry.

History

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler’s History major will encourage you to explore your interests through coursework and individualized projects while learning how to contextualize and investigate past events and understand their relevance for the present as well as the future.

History and Anthropology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined major in History and Anthropology supplements the study of the human condition with the study of the decisions that have shaped all the cultures of the world.

History and Political Science

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined major in History and Political Science brings together the study of the decisions that have shaped the cultures of the world with the study of systems, institutions, popular movements, and leaders that cause social change.

Human Communication and Organizational Leadership

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

The Human Communication and Organizational Leadership major blends innovative courses with opportunities for real-world experiences.

Individualized Major

MajorBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Individualized Majors can involve courses from any of Butler’s colleges, at other universities, and independent study.

International Business

MajorMinorBS

Lacy School of Business

Butler’s International Business program will expose you to all aspects of global business environments and help hone your understanding of diverse cultures.

International Studies

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler’s International Studies program supplements a political science component with the study of economics and culture.

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Jazz Studies

MajorMinorBM

Jordan College of the Arts

As a Jazz Studies major, you will learn from curriculum that is representative of today's freelance jazz musicians, paired with excellent faculty mentorship and performance opportunities in the heart of one America's great jazz cities.

Journalism

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

Butler's Journalism program provides a comprehensive education in print, visual, social media, audio, and video, arming students with the know-how and practical experiences to work in any format.

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Management Information Systems

MajorMinorBS

Lacy School of Business

In the Management Information Systems program, you will study the interaction of technology with people and business processes.

Marketing

MajorMinorBS

Lacy School of Business

Through the Marketing program, you will learn the latest trends in marketing, including digital marketing, international marketing, and marketing analytics.

Mathematics

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Boasting a sophisticated curriculum and direct faculty contact, our Mathematics major creates outstanding real-world problem solvers who excel in whatever field they choose.

Middle/Secondary Education

MajorBS

College of Education

Middle/Secondary students complete more hours of content courses than Butler students majoring in those areas, enjoy extensive clinical experiences, and complete two full-time student teaching experiences in both middle and high school settings.

Multilingual

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Multilingual majors study three or more languages, as well as the countries and cultures in which those languages are spoken.

Music

MajorMinorBA

Jordan College of the Arts

As a Music major, you will have access to world-class performance facilities, diverse ensembles, and collaboration with acclaimed artists, among other opportunities.

Music Composition

MajorBM

Jordan College of the Arts

Music Composition students enjoy a diverse curriculum, with courses that include orchestration, electronic music, music theory, basic conducting, and more.

Music Education

MajorBM

Jordan College of the Arts

Butler’s Music Education major will prepare you for P-12 certification in choral/general music or instrumental/general music through frequent and diverse field experience and student teaching.

Music Industry Studies

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

Through practical experience, creative preparation, and in-depth study, you’ll develop the knowledge and experience favored by varied sectors of the music industry.

Music Performance

MajorBM

Jordan College of the Arts

With concentrations in instrumental, piano, and voice, Music Performance majors enjoy a flexible curriculum with ample opportunities to perform in world-class venues.

Music Therapy Dual Degree

MajorDual DegreeBM

Jordan College of the Arts

This unique, five or six-year program allows you to earn two degrees: one in Music Therapy from IUPUI along with a Butler degree in Music or Music Education.

Musical Arts

MajorBMA

Jordan College of the Arts

The Bachelor of Musical Arts degree is perfect for music students who want to emphasize in a variety of subjects, ranging from jazz studies, composition, music history, music theory, music performance, or piano pedagogy.

Neuroscience

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Neuroscience minor introduces you to the brain, how it functions, and the consequences of its dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease, or injury.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

In the Peace and Conflict Studies program, you will learn to understand the nature of conflict and develop problem-solving skills necessary to reduce violence and promote peace.

Performance and Music Education

Double MajorBM

Jordan College of the Arts

This five year program leads to a double major in performance and music education, with P-12 certification in either choral/general music or instrumental/general music.

Pharmacy

MajorPharmD

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The prestigious, four year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program will prepare you to be a highly skilled pharmacy practitioner through hands-on learning opportunities in real practice settings.

Philosophy

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy acquaints students with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy.

Philosophy and Psychology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology acquaints students with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy while also developing an understanding of psychological science and principles of behavior.

Philosophy and Religion

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion ensures that students graduate with a more profound picture of the world and their place in it through the study of western philosophy and world religions and cultures.

Physics

MajorMinor3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Physics major encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and hands-on, experiential learning through use of state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory.

Political Science

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler’s Political Science major will teach you how to effect positive social change and deliberately challenge systems, institutions, and policies across the world in order to seek to engage in progressive intellectual practices.

Pre-Dentistry

Pre-Professional

Pre-Dentistry advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Law

Pre-Professional

Students interested in law school will work with a pre-law advisor who will work with you to choose law-related subject matter and assist with the law school application process.

Pre-Medicine

Pre-Professional

Pre-Medicine advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Occupational Therapy

Pre-Professional

Pre-Occupational Therapy advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Optometry

Pre-Professional

Pre-Optomotry advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Pharmacy

Major

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

In the Pre-Pharmacy program, you'll take classes from pharmacy faculty starting on day one. And, at the end of the two-year, pre-professional stage, you'll have a direct pathway into the Doctor of Pharmacy program, as long as you maintain certain requirements.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Professional

Pre-Physical Therapy advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Professional

Pre-Physician Assistant advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Pre-Professional

Pre-Veterinary Medicine advising at Butler is geared toward undergraduate students who intend to apply to a graduate level health professional school.

Psychology

MajorMinorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler’s Psychology major will provide you with an understanding of psychological science through classroom instruction and hands-on participation in research.

Psychology and Political Science

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined major in Psychology and Political Science pairs the study of the human mind and behavior with the study of systems, institutions, popular movements, and leaders that cause social change.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Minor

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration minor provides a sociological perspective with coursework ranging from the sociology of racism to racial and ethnic relations, and much more.

Recreation and Sports Studies

Minor

College of Education

The program is designed for students interested in health, physical activity, recreation, and sports with coursework that includes prevention and treatment of injuries, officiating sports, and more.

Religion

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Pursuing a degree in Religion helps students better understand not only their own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures.

Risk Management and Insurance

MajorMinorBS

Lacy School of Business

The Davey Risk Management and Insurance (RMI) curriculum is designed to help students confidently manage the upsides and downsides of risk

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Science, Technology, and Society

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Through the Science, Technology, and Society major, you will learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities, and how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives

Sociology

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Butler's Sociology program explores human interactions, giving you an understanding of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Sociology and Criminology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined Sociology and Criminology major is excellent preparation if you are considering advanced study or careers in areas such as criminology, law, or social work.

Sociology and Psychology

MajorBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The combined Sociology and Psychology major is excellent preparation if you are considering advanced study or careers in areas such as counseling, law, or social work.

Software Engineering

Major3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Software Engineering major blends academic coursework with research, internship, and service opportunities, in addition to access to the Big Dawg supercomputer, programming contests, and more.

Spanish

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

An undergraduate degree in Spanish features a hands-on approach including immersive study abroad programs, service-learning, and internships in both the United States and abroad.

Special Education – Mild Intervention

MinorLicensure

College of Education

This minor is designed for students interested in creating environments inclusive for learners of all abilities.

Sport Coaching

Minor

College of Education

This minor prepares students for coaching opportunities, with coursework that includes prevention and treatment of injuries, leadership, theory and practice of coaching, and more.

Sports Media

MajorBA

College of Communication

With the Sports Media major, you'll receive a solid foundation in sports media production, writing, and multimedia storytelling.

Statistics

Major3YRBABS

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Designed for those interested in the mathematical study of data, Butler’s Statistics major gives students a powerful understanding of how and why statistical investigations and inference work.

Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

The Strategic Communication program will challenge you to develop strong research and analysis skills to help develop data-backed communication.

Teachers of English Language Learners

Licensure

College of Education

Our 15-credit hour Teachers of English Language Learners pathway to licensure allows students to deepen their knowledge of teaching English to non-native speakers.

Theatre

MajorMinorBA

Jordan College of the Arts

As a Theatre major, you will learn from a broad study of theatre, meant to diversity your skills as well as provide an in-depth study of specialized interests.

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Web Design and Development

MajorMinor3YRBA

College of Communication

Through the Web Design and Devleopment major, you’ll be immersed in the design and development of the myriad of web technologies we encounter on a daily basis so that you can design better interfaces

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Youth and Community Development

MajorBS

College of Education

Our Youth and Community Development program will prepare you for career opportunities working with young people outside of the traditional school day, including after school programs, social work, community development, and more.