Creative Media and Entertainment

Creative Media and Entertainment will provide you with up-to-date conceptual and practical skills in digital media technologies, aesthetics, and industries. You’ll study how experienced decision-makers and media producers create and distribute media to engage audiences and then develop your own content from pre-production planning to finished communication product. You’ll develop a passion for storytelling with the tools to design and produce content for television, film, video, online, and interactive media.

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Sociology

Butler’s Sociology program explores human interactions, giving you an understanding of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Grounded in three central themes—community, social diversity, and global awareness—Butler’s Sociology major offers small class sizes, close interaction with faculty on research projects, and access to internship and service learning opportunities within a large metropolitan setting. Through the use of theory and methods, you will address challenging social issues, engage in critical thinking, and interact with the Indianapolis community, allowing you to further deepen your understanding and extend the practical applications of your studies.

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Psychology

Butler’s Psychology major will provide you with an understanding of psychological science through classroom instruction and hands-on participation in research. Our undergraduate psychology program, which routinely scores at the 97th percentile on the Major Field Test in Psychology, offers the professional development opportunities of a large research university alongside the small class sizes and direct faculty contact of a liberal arts college. Over 80 percent of students collaborate with faculty on at least one research project, and internship opportunities afforded by our location in the midst of a large metropolitan area provide students with practical experience and prepare them for graduate school or careers.

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Political Science

Our Political Science program— grounded in a firm commitment to social justice, democracy, and human rights—will teach you how to promote the collective good at the local, national, and global level through the study and practice of politics. You’ll be encouraged to deliberately challenge systems, institutions, and policies across the world, and to become involved in the community, in governance, and in research. The innovative curriculum crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, offers innovative course offerings, and provides opportunities to work closely with professors in teaching or research. Alumni have pursued careers in electoral politics, law, government, journalism, business, and the nonprofit sector, and have earned advanced degrees in several fields.

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Neuroscience

The Neuroscience minor introduces you to the brain, how it functions, and the consequences of its dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease, or injury. This interdisciplinary, integrative program features courses from psychology, biology, and philosophy, offering a multifaceted approach to understanding the complexity of the brain and nervous system. Opportunities for internships and individualized or collaborative research, alongside direct contact with enthusiastic faculty, enhances the knowledge base and credentials of students pursuing medical or graduate school or future careers.

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History

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

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Economics

As an Economics student, you’ll learn data-gathering skills alongside a myriad of other subjects and interests. This degree offers core courses identical to the same degree offered by our Lacy School of Business, but with an overarching liberal arts focus, designed for students interested in a well-rounded curriculum. With a student-focused experience, direct faculty advising and support, and dual-degree and tutoring opportunities, the Economics major will prepare you for employment in a variety of settings and roles which require the use of analytical tools and data analysis.

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Data Science

The Data Science minor will offer you an opportunity to complement your knowledge with the skills to create data-based, actionable insights to improve decision-making. This program is an ideal vehicle if you wish to gain useful and marketable technical skills preparing you for success in an increasingly data-driven world. Opportunities for internships in the local Indianapolis community will allow you to apply your modeling, data analytic, communication skills in real-world settings, laying the groundwork for graduate training in Data Science/Data Analytics as well as giving our students broader skills immediately applicable to the workplace.

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Criminology

Butler’s Criminology major emphasizes both the fundamentals of the discipline and the practical experience that can be learned only from hands-on exercises in a flourishing metropolis. Functioning as the students’ own urban laboratory, the city of Indianapolis serves as the backdrop to a rich, multidisciplinary education in the small, liberal arts environment for which our school is known. Rooted in sociological theory and methods, the major offers small class sizes, internship and service learning opportunities, and the chance to pursue individual research interests, preparing students to enter careers or to attend law or professional school.

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Anthropology

This program explores the human condition from a range of perspectives, focusing on cultural anthropology and research methods. As one of the only joint History and Anthropology departments in the country, students will produce original work through course research assignments and learn how to think critically and write effectively. Our faculty have anthropological expertise in a wide range of geographical areas including the United States, Latin America, Africa, East Asia, and more. In addition, students have access to and connections with premier area museums, archaeological field sites, service organizations, study abroad opportunities, and community cultural groups to supplement their classroom learning.

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