The Applied Local Food System (ALFS) minor is a cross-disciplinary program where students, instructors, internship host sites, and community members learn through collaboration. As a cohort, ALFS students apply their learnings to create innovative solutions to local food system challenges by improving equity, environmental function, ecosystem services, and economic viability. This minor enables students to contribute to the enhancement and construction of resiliency and equity within the larger global food system.
Experience the sciences, social sciences, and humanities through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum and practical application. Learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities, and how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives. Science, Technology, and Society majors graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge, intellectual flexibility, communication, and problem solving skills that are crucial to every career path.
In this program, you will learn the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace, from the local to the global level. You will explore the causes of violence—including structural, political, economic, cultural, and environmental injustices, human rights violations, and physical harm—and you’ll develop the skills necessary to build peace through everyday practices, nonviolent direct action, activism, conflict resolution, diplomacy, and policy change. This major includes a strong core of Political Science courses, supported by offerings in Anthropology, English, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, History, Journalism, Organizational Communication and Leadership, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, and Spanish.
In a world of rapidly increasing human population, it has never been more important to focus on the environment and our interaction with it. The Environmental Studies major provides a flexible and rigorous curriculum that challenges students to explore the economic, political, cultural, technological, and scientific facets of environmental issues. Beyond the classroom, you will complete a community-based internship or other real-world experience related to the environment and sustainability. Our multidisciplinary approach, coupled with hands-on experience, prepares graduates for complex careers in exploration, management, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment.
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.