College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Major | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Arts

This program explores the human condition from a range of perspectives, focusing on cultural anthropology and research methods. As one of the only joint History and Anthropology departments in the country, students will produce original work through course research assignments and learn how to think critically and write effectively. Our faculty have anthropological expertise in a wide range of geographical areas including the United States, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and more. In addition, students have access to and connections with premier area museums, archaeological field sites, service organizations, study abroad opportunities, and community cultural groups to supplement their classroom learning.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • PCA 215-AN, Art Across Borders
  • SW 215-AN, Being Human—Anthropological Approaches to Life and Meaning
  • AN304, Medical Anthropology
  • AN326, Youth Conflict Global Cinema
  • AN328, Popular Culture
  • AN368, Coming of Age in the Middle East

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The Anthropology major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.

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Foster an ambitious spirit. Cultivate a career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) attracts the kinds of students who are never satisfied with the status quo. Our quest for knowledge is both timeless and modern. 

We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

LAS students are committed to being thoughtful practitioners of whatever field they choose, resulting in graduates who are engaged in their careers, active in their communities, and continually learning and leading.