Philosophy and Sociology

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Empowering Students for Social Impact.

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 you to understand and apply the theories and methods of social science to understand how society works, while philosophy will help you 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 you to use your skills in practical ways, taking advantage of Butler’s connections with the Indianapolis community.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • SO205 – Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO301 – Families and Society
  • PL310 – Logic OR AR231 Principles of Reasoning
  • PL311 – History of Ancient Philosophy
  • SO341 – Self and Society
  • PL343 – Philosophy of Science OR PL351 Philosophy of Social Science 
  • PL344 – Philosophy of Law

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Meet Your Faculty

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Krista Cline
Associate Professor – Sociology
Sociology and Criminology – LAS
I am Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Butler University. Before coming to Butler, I earned a dual-title Ph.D. from Purdue University in sociology and gerontology. I then spent at year at the University of Missouri as a postdoctoral…
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Corey Reed
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Corey Reed is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and affiliate faculty member in the Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RGSS) program at Butler University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, double majoring in English and…
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Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Before arriving at Butler in Autumn 2021, they completed their PhD (philosophy, 2021) at Ohio State University, MA (philosophy, 2015) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and BA…
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