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Become an agent of progress.

Positive social change takes a deep understanding of human nature and human culture. Social sciences help us find those answers—giving us the tools, skills, and knowledge to analyze and shape the world around us. It’s this understanding that can lead to the development of policies and interventions that address societal issues. 

At Butler, we approach the social sciences in an interdisciplinary way. We know there isn’t one approach or way of thinking that can solve the mystery that is human nature—today’s challenges require multifaceted thinking. That’s why Butler actively pursues interdisciplinary research and exploration, fostering true collaboration across different fields so that together we can address our world’s complex issues. 

Our students focus on areas such as psychology, sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, international studies, and more. Across all majors, they develop invaluable skills—such as critical thinking, communication, and leadership—that are critical to almost any profession, whether it be in government, nonprofit, and private industries.

Where will a career in social sciences lead you? Today, our graduates find the possibilities are nearly endless. From more traditional careers in public service, social work, counseling, and advocacy, to evolving fields in criminology, technology, social media, environmental justice, data analysis, and the impact of globalization, there are so many meaningful ways for you to leave your mark.

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Careers in Social Sciences

Our graduates find professional success in business, nonprofits, courtrooms, public offices, government agencies, and beyond. These are just a few examples of the many possible jobs following a degree in the social sciences.

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You’ll help communities thrive.

Public health educators promote positive lifestyle choices, identify and prevent hazards to communities, and work to close gaps in access to health services. They combine sociology, environmental justice, health sciences, and other areas of study to advise the public on practices that lead to communal wellness.

You know how people work.

Human resources professionals handle the people-oriented aspects of businesses. Whether they’re administering compensation and benefits, navigating employee relations, or recruiting new talent, they enforce company policies to make sure workers have everything they need to succeed.

You take ideas to the top.

Policy analysts research the decisions that govern our society on both local and federal levels. Whether they are investigating impacts of new legislation or collaborating with other public servants to solve problems, their knack for statistics, data analysis, and social studies help them represent their communities. 

You’ve got the psyche on your mind.

Psychologists know that physical, environmental, and personal forces can have direct influences on people’s mental health and behavior. By publishing research, diagnosing patients, creating treatment plans, and providing therapeutic care, they help patients find clarity and healing.

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Intern in the Capitol or the Big Apple.

Few locations compare to Washington, DC and New York City when it comes to internships in the social sciences. Butler students earn credits by taking classes on foreign policy, the history and public art of Washington, and more while gaining hands-on experience.

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Think outside the box.

Students in the social sciences don’t have to limit themselves to one area of interest—they often customize their education to fit their goals and passions through combined majors. Some examples include our Sociology and Criminology and Psychology and Political Science majors.

Master the art of critical thinking.

Social science encourages the exploration of self, culture, and community. Across our many majors, students learn to search beyond “how” and “what.” Our students are encouraged to also consider the vital questions of “who,” “where,” “when,” and “why.” Guided by experts in their discipline, students have the opportunity to combine theory and practice through community involvement. United by our keen interest in human behavior, training in the social sciences provides students with the tools to critically evaluate and positively contribute to our complex and ever-changing world.

Ashley C.F. Hutson
Assistant Professor, Sociology and Criminology

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


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