Chinese

Explore spoken Mandarin and simplified Chinese characters comprehensively–along with the rich cultures, peoples, and business climate of China. Led by native speakers, Butler’s Chinese program supports interdisciplinary study with other departments, including International Studies, History and Anthropology, Communication, Business, Pharmacy, and more. This program affords you every degree of immersion necessary to increase linguistic and cultural fluency, preparing you for today’s globalized marketplace and continued language studies post-graduation.

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Theatre

As a Theatre major, you will learn from a broad study of theatre, meant to diversity your skills as well as provide an in-depth study of specialized interests. You can expect to work on productions of all sorts, including Shakespeare, devised work, new plays, musicals, comedy, and more. You’ll perform in a variety of spaces including the 2,200-seat Clowes Memorial Hall to the 450-seat Schrott Center for the Arts to the flexible 100-seat Lilly Hall Studio Theatre. You can also choose an emphasis in acting, costume design, directing, music theatre, set and lighting design, or stage management, setting you up for success for life as a working artist.

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Music

As a Music major, you will have access to world-class performance facilities and diverse ensembles such as the Butler Symphony Orchestra, Butler University Chorale, Jazz Ensembles, and more. You’ll be mentored by faculty who are renowned performers and scholars, while engaging in a flexible curriculum that gives you the freedom to customize your college experience. You can expect to collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists, complete a major research project, or even teach in the Butler Community Arts School, giving you noteworthy opportunities for a well-rounded education.

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Dance—Pedagogy

The Dance—Pedagogy major prepares students for a career as a private dance teacher. The curriculum has a balanced combination of courses in dance, education, and the liberal arts. Through Butler’s Department of Dance, you’ll receive conservatory-level instruction from a faculty of highly respected artists and teachers, each offering classes with an emphasis on strong technical development, detailed artistic mentoring, and professionally focused advising. With numerous performance and choreographic opportunities and a program consistently recognized as one of the top five classical dance programs in the nation, you will be prepared for a lifelong professional career in dance.

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Art + Design

Butler’s Art + Design program combines the creative practice of visual arts with the discipline of design. This flexible curriculum prepares students for an adaptable career in an ever-changing work landscape. Coursework includes the study of traditional visual art forms, current design practices, hands-on portfolio development starting with your first year, and a required second major or minor.

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Web Design and Development

If you’re interested in shaping the way we interact with technology, you’ll find your calling in our Web Design and Development program. You’ll be immersed in the design and development of the myriad of web technologies we encounter on a daily basis so that you can design better interfaces to respond to the ever-evolving web market. Graduates will enter the workforce with a highly sought-after skill set and the industry experience to propel them to the front of the pack.

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Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising

One of the first programs in the nation to blur the line between public relations and advertising, this major is home to courses that challenge you to develop strong research and analysis skills to help organizations make data-backed decisions to connect with key stakeholders through audience-centric communication.

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Sports Media

In this program, you’ll develop and broaden your skills and understanding of the industry on the field, in the press box, and in the locker room at some of the nation’s biggest sporting events. Offered through the Entertainment Media and Journalism Department, our hands-on approach to sports media provides you with a solid foundation in sports media production, writing, and multimedia storytelling.

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Music Industry Studies

Through practical experience, creative preparation, and in-depth study, you’ll develop the knowledge and experience favored by varied sectors of the music industry, such as concert promoters, venues, music publishers, product manufacturers, radio, performing rights organizations, and talent agencies.

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Organizational Communication and Leadership

Formerly Human Communication and Organizational Leadership

Every great leader possesses the skills to express themselves. In this program, you’ll blend innovative courses with opportunities for local, national, and international real-world experiences, which will prepare you to design your own path to professional greatness in a dynamic, technologically centered, and global society.

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