Public Health

The Public Health major offers a multi-disciplinary, liberal arts exploration of the scientific, social, cultural, and human dimensions of public health. Students will expand their knowledge of the complex intersecting factors that shape health, developing the ability to think critically about global and public health. A focal point of the program is an integrative approach to public health that addresses issues of health inequity and disparity across all dimensions of health and health care. Students will be prepared to work in multi-faceted environments with people of diverse backgrounds to help solve complex community, national, and global public health problems.

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Data Science Major

Data science is a rapidly growing field. This major offers an exciting blend of statistical inquiry, analysis, and interpretation, combined with computational processing and algorithmic techniques to leverage domain-specific data into accountable and well-informed decision-making. In addition to the departmental requirements, a student must complete the University Core Curriculum, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences language requirement, and other general requirements.

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Philosophy and Sociology

The combined major in Philosophy and Sociology brings together sociology’s explorations into the nature of social life, institutions, and change with philosophical reflection on what makes for a society that is just and promotes human flourishing. Training in sociology will prepare students to understand and apply the theories and methods of social science to understand how society works, while philosophy will help them formulate and test ideas about what we should value in society, and whether and how we should seek to change it.  Both departments provide small classes, as well as research and internship opportunities that allow students to use their skills in practical ways, taking advantage of Butler’s connections with the Indianapolis community.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies minor offers 18 credit hours of study, focusing on both historical and contemporary issues facing museum professionals.

Students studying in this program can expect to learn about the history of museums, as well as the political and ethical issues related to collecting and displaying historical items. Students will also discuss current issues facing museum professionals, including museum content connected to the fields of history, anthropology, art and art history, classical studies, archaeology, and museum management.

This minor is intended for those who are not only interested in working in museums and furthering their education through graduate studies, but also for those who would like to expand their knowledge of topics connected to this discipline or round out their liberal arts education.

Students are able to complete this minor in either the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences or the Jordan College of the Arts. 

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Asian Studies

The Asian Studies minor facilitates and promotes global citizenship and prepares Butler students to encounter a world that is increasingly shaped by Asia. An Asian Studies minor will appeal to students who are interested in Asian history, politics, culture, or society. As a multidisciplinary minor, courses will introduce students to different theories and methodologies that can be used to better understand Asia and its many regions including Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the larger Asian diaspora. Students will have the opportunity to take courses that cover large regions in Asia and courses that focus on specific Asian countries and cultures. 

While this minor is grounded in the humanities and social sciences, it is meant to engage students from across the University. Students may earn credits towards the minor both in the classroom and by studying abroad, particularly through the University’s Butler in Asia program.

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Applied Local Food system

The Applied Local Food System (ALFS) minor is a cross-disciplinary program where students, instructors, internship host sites, and community members learn through collaboration. As a cohort, ALFS students apply their learnings to create innovative solutions to local food system challenges by improving equity, environmental function, ecosystem services, and economic viability. This minor enables students to contribute to the enhancement and construction of resiliency and equity within the larger global food system.

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Sociology and Psychology

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. Allowing you to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Small class sizes and a campus in the midst of the large metropolitan area of Indianapolis provide internship and service learning opportunities, preparing you for graduate or professional school or careers.

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Sociology and Criminology

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. Allowing you to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Small class sizes and a campus in the midst of the large metropolitan area of Indianapolis provide internship and service learning opportunities, preparing students for graduate or professional school or careers.

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Sociology

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. Grounded in three central themes—community, social diversity, and global awareness—Butler’s Sociology major offers small class sizes, close interaction with faculty on research projects, and access to internship and service learning opportunities within a large metropolitan setting. Through the use of theory and methods, you will address challenging social issues, engage in critical thinking, and interact with the Indianapolis community, allowing you to further deepen your understanding and extend the practical applications of your studies.

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Psychology and Political Science

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. Allowing you to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. You will gain access to hands-on participation in research in both departments, and small class sizes allow for direct contact with both departments’ faculty. In addition, the city of Indianapolis boasts a variety of local political institutions, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

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