History

Butler’s History major will encourage you to explore your interests through coursework and individualized projects. You will learn how to contextualize and investigate past events and understand their relevance for the present as well as the future. With a minimum of prescribed courses, our curriculum allows you to follow your curiosity and discover the unfolding of past events and the processes of history-making that are such a central component of the human condition. By producing original work through course research assignments, and possibly self-designed honors thesis projects, you will learn how to think critically and write effectively. You will leave our program equipped to carefully investigate issues and creatively solve problems on your own—essential skills for any future career direction

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Data Science

The Data Science minor will offer you an opportunity to complement your knowledge with the skills to create data-based, actionable insights to improve decision-making. This program is an ideal vehicle if you wish to gain useful and marketable technical skills preparing you for success in an increasingly data-driven world. Opportunities for internships in the local Indianapolis community will allow you to apply your modeling, data analytic, communication skills in real-world settings, laying the groundwork for graduate training in Data Science/Data Analytics as well as giving our students broader skills immediately applicable to the workplace.

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Criminology and Psychology

The combined Criminology and Psychology 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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Criminology

Butler’s Criminology major emphasizes both the fundamentals of the discipline and the practical experience that can be learned only from hands-on exercises in a flourishing metropolis. Functioning as the students’ own urban laboratory, the city of Indianapolis serves as the backdrop to a rich, multidisciplinary education in the small, liberal arts environment for which our school is known. Rooted in sociological theory and methods, the major offers small class sizes, internship and service learning opportunities, and the chance to pursue individual research interests, preparing students to enter careers or to attend law or professional school.

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Anthropology and Religion

The combined major in Anthropology and Religion supplements the study of the human condition with the study of religious human traditions. Allowing students to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Students 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 museums, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

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Anthropology and Psychology

The combined major in Anthropology and Psychology supplements the study of the human condition with the study of the human mind and behavior. Allowing students to specialize in two related fields, combined majors draw on the knowledge and opportunities afforded by two academic departments and fields of study. Students 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 museums, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

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Anthropology

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.

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African Studies

The African Studies minor at Butler offers students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by studying one of the world’s largest and most diverse regions. This interdisciplinary minor is grounded in the social sciences and humanities, but can encompass the arts, business, communications, education, and the natural and health sciences. Study abroad opportunities give students the ability to experience the continent first-hand while earning credit toward the minor. Internship opportunities with the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and other organizations in Indianapolis, in Washington, DC, or in Africa offer students hands-on career experience.

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Statistics

Designed for those interested in the mathematical study of data, Butler’s Statistics major gives students a powerful understanding of how and why statistical investigations and inference work. Along with the University’s small class sizes, enthusiastic learning environment, and high employment placement rate of graduates, the major provides exposure to real-life questions that involve both the gentle handling of small amounts of data and the computer software crunching power needed for large data sets. With internship opportunities at top area companies, along with our exceptional faculty, all students receive the personal, comprehensive education they need to begin a successful career in data and analysis.

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Physics

Butler’s Physics major provides a solid academic program and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on original research projects and student theses. The major encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and hands-on, experiential learning in a rich, multifaceted approach to the discipline of physics that mirrors its core tenants: curiosity, scientific study, and practical application. With access to state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory and the Big Dawg supercomputer, alongside paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions, internships, graduate school, and industry, the Physics major prepares students to succeed.

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