Neuroscience

The Neuroscience minor introduces you to the brain, how it functions, and the consequences of its dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease, or injury. This interdisciplinary, integrative program features courses from psychology, biology, and philosophy, offering a multifaceted approach to understanding the complexity of the brain and nervous system. Opportunities for internships and individualized or collaborative research, alongside direct contact with enthusiastic faculty, enhances the knowledge base and credentials of students pursuing medical or graduate school or future careers.

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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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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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Exploratory Natural Sciences

The Exploratory Natural Sciences program is designed for students who have an interest in natural science or health-related fields, but may benefit from initial exposure to available majors to identify the right fit. Students in Exploratory Natural Sciences take a variety of intro-level coursework in the sciences to help determine where their interests may lie. With the opportunity to explore a variety of majors in the natural sciences, students are sure to develop new skills and learn about a variety of career paths before fully immersing themselves in a major.

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Astronomy

The Astronomy minor combines traditional coursework with hands-on experience in a curriculum that emphasizes practical application and academic excellence. Students have access to world-class research facilities and equipment, including remote access to telescopes around the world, access to the fully automated 1-meter telescope at the Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium, and use of our on-campus supercomputer, Big Dawg. With paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions and internships, Butler’s Astronomy minor helps students take their knowledge out of the classroom and into the world—and beyond.

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Exploratory Studies

Butler’s Exploratory Studies program connects you to faculty across campus and offers the support and resources necessary to help find the major that’s right for you. You will explore the more than 65 majors and minors available at Butler University. Through self-assessment and reflection, you will learn to make informed decisions to shape your own educational path and how you can apply those same approaches in exploring potential careers.

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Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Housed in the Department of Sociology and Criminology, the Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration minor provides a sociological perspective. With coursework ranging from immigration to racial and ethnic relations to the sociology of racism, this minor complements many areas of study within the liberal arts.

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Geography

Geography at Butler starts by studying Indianapolis, then moves outward to Indiana, the United States, and the world. Cultural geography brings together history, culture, and spatial patterning, and reinforces the message of both history and anthropology in a common department. These courses are generally valuable, but particularly so for students preparing to teach social studies in secondary school.

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Ethics

Ethical issues are important to many human activities, fields of inquiry, and professions. Indeed, one of the Student Learning Outcomes of Butler University is that “students will make informed, rational, and ethical choices.” Knowledge of ethics will be beneficial as a complement to a major in many different areas, to their post-bachelor education (law, medicine, political science, etc.), to their careers (government, business, etc.), and, more broadly, to finding their way in life. Since ethical issues are addressed across the curriculum, appropriate courses in other disciplines can also count toward the Ethics minor.

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Healthcare Management

A minor in Healthcare Management means both an understanding of business disciplines and expertise in the management issues specific to the healthcare industry. You will gain a foundation in the healthcare delivery system, healthcare economics, and insurance principles, giving you the expertise you need to enter into one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the nation.

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