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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The African Studies minor at Butler offers students the opportunity to enrich their academic experience by studying one of the world’s largest and most diverse regions. This interdisciplinary minor is grounded in the social sciences and humanities, but can encompass the arts, business, communications, education, and the natural and health sciences. Study abroad opportunities give students the ability to experience the continent first-hand while earning credit toward the minor. Internship opportunities with the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation and other organizations in Indianapolis, in Washington, DC, or in Africa offer students hands-on career experience.
Butler’s Physics major provides a solid academic program and the opportunity to work closely with faculty on original research projects and student theses. The major encourages hypothetical thinking, intensive study, and hands-on, experiential learning in a rich, multifaceted approach to the discipline of physics that mirrors its core tenants: curiosity, scientific study, and practical application. With access to state-of-the-art equipment such as a laser and quantum physics laboratory and the Big Dawg supercomputer, alongside paid departmental research opportunities and a high placement rate to research positions, internships, graduate school, and industry, the Physics major prepares students to succeed.
Butler’s Mathematics major follows the Committee for Undergraduate Program in Mathematics guidelines—one of the few undergraduate programs to do so. The Department of Mathematical Sciences provides students with a close-knit departmental body, collaborative research, and opportunities to travel to conferences and problem-solving competitions. Boasting a sophisticated curriculum and direct faculty contact, our Mathematics major creates outstanding real-world problem solvers who excel in graduate programs, professional study in law or medicine, or high-paying careers in government, industry, and teaching.
Butler’s Computer Science major blends academic coursework with research, internship, and service opportunities to prepare students for graduate school and the working world. The Computer Science and Software Engineering Department offers access to the Big Dawg supercomputer, networking lunches and programming contests, and the unique opportunity to create software for nonprofit organizations through participation in our Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program. With the small class sizes of a liberal arts school and the rigorous, well-rounded curriculum and premier resources of a dedicated tech school, students have all the advantages they need to excel.
The Chemistry program offers an undergraduate degree that emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving. Students are invited to work side-by-side with faculty in a collaborative research environment, creating a personal learning experience tailored to their interests. With access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, internships in local chemical and pharmaceutical companies, and graduate retention rates higher than the national STEM norm, Butler’s Chemistry major transforms students into scholars.