Science, Technology, and Society

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.

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Peace and Conflict Studies

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.

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International Studies

Butler’s International Studies program supplements a political science component with the study of economics and culture. Combining a core curriculum with interdisciplinary freedom that cuts across traditional barriers, along with hands-on experience, you can steer your degree in any direction you please. Choices of interdisciplinary courses can be adapted to cultivate a degree that pursues a deeper understanding of the world as a whole.

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Individualized Major

An Individualized Major allows you to combine your choice of courses with an approved experiential learning component. Whether you find traditional majors too confining or your interests cross disciplinary borders, when you embark on an Individualized Major, your education is truly what you make it. Grounded in the liberal arts and sciences, Individualized Majors can involve courses from any of Butler’s colleges, at other universities, and independent study.

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Engineering Dual Degree Program

This unique, five-year program allows students to earn two degrees: one in engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology in Indianapolis along with a Butler degree. Concentrations for the Purdue Engineering degree include Biomedical, Computer, Electrical, Energy, Mechanical, or Motorsports. The Butler degree can be in one of the following disciplines: Art + Design, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Environmental Studies, Exploratory Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Music, Physics, or Science, Technology and Society. This program provides a diverse, creative, professional, technical, and liberal arts educational experience occurring through two quality, neighboring universities.

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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies

The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) program offers an innovative undergraduate degree that consists of an interdisciplinary course load. Focused on intersectionality and an intellectually rigorous and challenging approach to cultural critique and social justice, this degree provides a truly enlightening, student-driven education. A young program that many students call “life-changing,” GWSS is one of the most vibrant and active programs on campus, developing students into some of the best, brightest, and most motivated by inviting them to participate in cutting-edge research inside and out of the classroom.

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