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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History and Anthropology

The combined major in History and Anthropology supplements the study of the human condition with the study of the decisions that have shaped all the cultures of the world. This major—offered by one of the nation’s only joint History and Anthropology departments—will allow you to specialize in two related fields, as 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, service organizations, and more, providing access to internships, service learning, and research opportunities.

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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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Spanish

An undergraduate degree in Spanish features a hands-on approach including immersive study abroad programs, service-learning in the Indianapolis community, and internships in both the United States and abroad. Students obtain the experiences necessary to improve language fluency and expand understanding of numerous cultures found throughout the world. Over 400 million people speak Spanish worldwide. Here at home, Spanish is the second-most-spoken language in the United States, touching all facets of our culture from media to education to business.

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Religion

Pursuing a degree in Religion helps students better understand not only their own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures. Using diverse methodological approaches and tools, including those from linguistics, literature, history, archaeology, anthropology, psychology, and sociology, our program ensures that students graduate with a more profound picture of the world and their place in it.

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Philosophy and Religion

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Religion ensures that students graduate with a more profound picture of the world and their place in it. This program acquaints students with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy. At the same time, students will have the opportunity to better understand not only their own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures. Through the study of philosophical problems and using diverse methodological approaches and tools, students will strengthen their ability to think logically, critically, and ethically and learn how to accurately express complex new notions about our minds, morals, methodology, and more in both speech and writing.

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Philosophy and Psychology

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Psychology acquaints students with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy. At the same time, students develop an understanding of psychological science and principles of behavior through classroom instruction and hands-on participation in research projects. Overall, students learn about the relationship between scientific and philosophical conceptions of mind, body, and behavior while strengthening their ability to think logically, critically, and ethically.

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Philosophy

Our undergraduate degree in Philosophy acquaints students with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy. Through studying philosophical problems, students will strengthen their ability to think logically, critically, and ethically and learn how to accurately express complex new notions about our minds, morals, methodology, and more in both speech and writing.

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Multilingual

Multilingual majors study three or more languages, as well as the countries and cultures in which those languages are spoken. Department faculty teach Chinese, French, German, and Spanish, and will help you develop your language skills, while guiding you through scholarly investigations in topics relevant to our shared disciplines, including: linguistics, literatures, cinema, contemporary culture, and peoples from around the world. Butler’s Multilingual program transcends the typical mono- or bilingual education found at other universities, providing you an academic home in a department that values and encourages in-depth study of multiple languages.

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German

Studying German provides the linguistic fluency and cultural competence needed for a broad range of professions and post-graduate educational opportunities in today’s globalized world. Learning German primes students for success on a local and international level in business, science, and the humanities. Students also enjoy small classes—providing individualized attention and close interaction with dedicated, accessible, internationally active scholars—along with use of Butler’s student Modern Language Center and its wealth of movies, technology, tutoring, and lounge areas.

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