College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Major | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Arts

Butler’s History major will encourage you to explore your interests through coursework and individualized projects. You will learn how to contextualize and investigate past events and understand their relevance for the present as well as the future. With a minimum of prescribed courses, our curriculum allows you to follow your curiosity and discover the unfolding of past events and the processes of history-making that are such a central component of the human condition. By producing original work through course research assignments, and possibly self-designed honors thesis projects, you will learn how to think critically and write effectively. You will leave our program equipped to carefully investigate issues and creatively solve problems on your own—essential skills for any future career direction.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • PCA 267-HST, Experiencing the City: Indianapolis through Public Art, Architecture, and Performance
  • SW 263-HST, Slavery & Freedom in the Colonial Caribbean
  • TI 205-HST, The American Constitutional Tradition
  • TI 234-HST, Reel America—Film and the American Experience, 1890-1965
  • HST211, Major Themes in European History
  • HST216, The Cold War in the Pacific

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The History major can be completed in a total of three years, which includes completing coursework during both summer terms. More information can be found here.  

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Foster an ambitious spirit. Cultivate a career.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) attracts the kinds of students who are never satisfied with the status quo. Our quest for knowledge is both timeless and modern. 

We immerse students in the oldest teachings, but also the latest learnings in culture and language, science and technology, psychology and philosophy. In all disciplines, we incorporate research, encouraging students to question everything and meticulously test new theories. Communication is emphasized, teaching students to negotiate, debate, and effectively disseminate information. 

LAS students are committed to being thoughtful practitioners of whatever field they choose, resulting in graduates who are engaged in their careers, active in their communities, and continually learning and leading.