College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Major | Minor | Three Year

| Bachelor of Arts

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.

Sample courses in this program include:

  • SW200SO, Understanding Society
  • SO205, Contemporary Social Issues
  • SO301, Families and Gender Roles
  • SO391W, Social Theory Seminar
  • SO393, Research Methods Seminar
  • SO339, Violence, Media, and Culture

Please visit the Butler University Bulletin for more course information.

The Sociology 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.