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Human-focused studies of Creativity and Expression.

Curiosity, creativity, and passion drive careers in the humanities—and the students at Butler who pursue them. 

Butler nurtures young scholars devoted to the humanities in unique and expansive ways. We firmly believe that a deeper understanding of languages, history, and culture has the power to illuminate society’s path forward in vital and immeasurable ways. 

As new technologies and global connection changes the landscape of our modern world, employers express the need for graduates who can think critically, communicate effectively, and address nuanced issues ethically. A background in the humanities doesn’t just develop these skills—it develops well-rounded individuals with the adaptability to succeed across a variety of disciplines. Graduates in the humanities bring a unique value to our society that AI, automations, and those with “hard skills” alone cannot provide. 

It’s common to find humanities graduates engaging in social issues, advocating for positive change, and contributing to discussions on justice, equity, and human rights. This includes exploring issues related to race, gender, sexuality, and other forms of social identity in historical and contemporary contexts. That’s why, at Butler, we emphasize the holistic development of students, both in the classroom and as a world citizen.

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Careers in the Humanities

Our graduates find professional success in businesses, nonprofits, government agencies, schools, museums, and beyond. These are just a few examples of the many possible jobs following a degree in the humanities.

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You help turn data to dollars.

Market analysts guide businesses to make informed decisions as they promote their products, services, or brand. They maximize the effectiveness of marketing campaigns by researching key consumer trends, analyzing data, and monitoring competitors to stand out from the crowd.

You have no objections to studying the law.

Attorneys represent individuals and organizations across a variety of industries to help them avoid liability, create official documents, navigate lawsuits, and remain compliant with the law. They are experts in interpreting legal code and using logical arguments to achieve their client’s goals.

You’re fluent in building relationships.

Interpreters facilitate greater understanding between individuals or groups who speak different languages. They remove language barriers in a variety of settings, including interpersonal settings, live audiences, written formats, business meetings, and more.

You exhibit a passion for the past.

Museum archivists record, preserve, and protect items of historical significance. Whether they are responsible for the restoration of artifacts, the proper storage of gallery pieces, or researching specialized topics, they make interactions with people and cultures across time possible.

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Broaden your horizons.

At Butler, 40 percent of students decide to expand their world by studying abroad. There are over 200 study abroad programs to choose from in over 55 countries across the globe. Where will you go?

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Promote peace and reconciliation.

The Desmond Tutu Peace Lab was created at Butler in 2018 to address conflicts and injustices prevalent in the United States and beyond. Students can get involved via undergraduate research, activism, dialogue, and other programs to advocate for peace and justice.

Prepare for any path.

Students that choose to study the humanities learn how to reflect on who they are as individuals as well as how they’re positioned within the world. They are supported in developing a sense of what responsibilities they have to address injustices and promote the flourishing of others—both near and far. These highly translatable critical thinking skills prepare our students for any career they might wish to pursue. What makes Butler unique is the inclusive community and opportunities for mentoring relationships with faculty deeply invested in the life-long success of their students.

Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer
Assistant Professor, Philosophy

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Whatever path you’re interested in pursuing, there’s a place for you at Butler.


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