College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Philosophy and Sociology


| Bachelor of Arts

The combined major in Philosophy and Sociology brings together sociology’s explorations into the nature of social life, institutions, and change with philosophical reflection on what makes for a society that is just and promotes human flourishing. Training in sociology will prepare students to understand and apply the theories and methods of social science to understand how society works, while philosophy will help them formulate and test ideas about what we should value in society, and whether and how we should seek to change it.  Both departments provide small classes, as well as research and internship opportunities that allow students to use their skills in practical ways, taking advantage of Butler’s connections with the Indianapolis community.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO323 Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • TI243PL,Ethics the Good Life and Society
  • PL343 Philosophy of Science
  • PL344    Philosophy of Law
  • PL345, Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

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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.