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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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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Creative Media and Entertainment

Creative Media and Entertainment will provide you with up-to-date conceptual and practical skills in digital media technologies, aesthetics, and industries. You’ll study how experienced decision-makers and media producers create and distribute media to engage audiences and then develop your own content from pre-production planning to finished communication product. You’ll develop a passion for storytelling with the tools to design and produce content for television, film, video, online, and interactive media.

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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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Psychology

Butler’s Psychology major will provide you with an understanding of psychological science through classroom instruction and hands-on participation in research. Our undergraduate psychology program, which routinely scores at the 97th percentile on the Major Field Test in Psychology, offers the professional development opportunities of a large research university alongside the small class sizes and direct faculty contact of a liberal arts college. Over 80 percent of students collaborate with faculty on at least one research project, and internship opportunities afforded by our location in the midst of a large metropolitan area provide students with practical experience and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

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Political Science

Our Political Science program— grounded in a firm commitment to social justice, democracy, and human rights—will teach you how to promote the collective good at the local, national, and global level through the study and practice of politics. You’ll be encouraged to deliberately challenge systems, institutions, and policies across the world, and to become involved in the community, in governance, and in research. The innovative curriculum crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, offers innovative course offerings, and provides opportunities to work closely with professors in teaching or research. Alumni have pursued careers in electoral politics, law, government, journalism, business, and the nonprofit sector, and have earned advanced degrees in several fields.

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History and Political Science

The combined major in History and Political Science supplements the study of the decisions that have shaped all the cultures of the world 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 museums, political institutions, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

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