Academics

Browse Programs by Majors and Minors

Accounting (COB) - focuses on developing analytical, communication and information systems skills.

Actuarial Science (LAS) - use of mathematics, statistics and financial theory to estimate risk, primarily in the insurance and financial security industries.

Actuarial Science/Management (LAS) - five-year combined BS and MBA.

Advertising (CCOM) - addresses the rapidly expanding international market for coordinated strategic business communications.

African Studies (LAS) (minor only)

All-Grade Education (K-12)  (COE)

  • Music Education
  • Physical Education/Health

Anthropology (LAS) - understanding of similarities and differences in human cultures, past and present, on a global scale.

Anthropology and History (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Anthropology and Psychology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Art (JCA) - unique, cutting-edge program focusing on the integration of art and design, combining studio practice and digital design within a broad liberal arts education. The principles of the program present a radical vision of integration, ingenuity, sustainability and community.

Arts Administration (JCA) - focuses on a combination of skills and education in a specific arts discipline (general arts, dance, music or theatre) and a strong concentration of study in business, public relations and advertising. The program also includes instruction in the specifics of arts management, including fundraising, audience development, organizational structure and personnel management. Four different Arts Administration degrees are available depending on students' area of interest.

Astronomy (LAS) (minor only)

Astronomy and Astrophysics (LAS)

Biology (LAS) - the study of living things; both plant and animal.

Biomedical Engineering (LAS) (see Engineering Dual Degree Program)

Business (COB) (search by College of Business or see COB Exploratory Studies)

Chemistry (LAS) - study of the composition, properties and changes of substances.

Chinese (LAS) (minor only)

Classical Studies (LAS) - the culture, history and literature of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Communication / Communication Sciences & Disorders (CCOM) - scientific study of speech and hearing science, speech and language development and communicative disorders.

Communication / Digital Media Production (CCOM) - explores the production of CD, DVD, websites and interactive media from concept to completion.

Communication / Journalism (CCOM) - includes online, print and broadcast journalism. Use of Indianapolis as a reporting laboratory, including issues of importance to the city.

Communication / Media, Rhetoric and Culture (CCOM) - provides students the critical tools and practical skills necessary to engage in the analysis of communication.

Communication / Organizational Communication & Leadership (CCOM) - study of the process and effects of oral communication, emphasizing the functions and nature of communication within organizations. 

Communication / Recording Industry Studies (CCOM) - students with a passion for music and audio transform their talents and dreams into marketable skills.

Communication / Strategic Communications: Public Relations and Advertising (CCOM) - addresses the rapidly expanding international market for coordinated strategic business communications.

Composition (JCA) (see Music)

Computer Engineering (LAS) (see Engineering Dual Degree Program)

Computer Science (LAS) - study of computer-based systems.

Creative Writing (LAS) (see English)

Criminology (Criminal Justice) (LAS) - social science focused on an examination of the social causes and consequences of crime.

Criminology and Psychology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Dance (JCA) - a national dance program, with central focus on classical ballet that offers the serious dance student professional-level training with a broad approach to liberal arts education. The program offers versatility in other techniques such as Modern and Jazz Techniques. Butler Ballet and Butler Chamber Dance are the performance components of the programs, offering students extensive pre-professional opportunities. Butler Ballet performs full-length classical story ballets and diverse programs with original contemporary works. Butler Chamber Dance is an ensemble offering students performance opportunities in creative works, directed by dance faculty. Majors are available in

  • Pedagogy - Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Performance - Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
  • Arts Administration - Dance

Digital Media Production (CCOM) - explores the production of CD, DVD, websites and interactive media from concept to completion.

Early Childhood Education (COE) (see Elementary Education)

Economics (COB) - study of how societies allocate their limited resources among competing uses. Provides a foundation for the study of specialized business disciplines, such as accounting and marketing, and aids in choosing good government policies. Note: An Economics major is also offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Education (COE)

  • All Grade
  • Elementary Education
  • Exploratory Studies: Education
  • Middle/Secondary Education

Electrical Engineering (LAS) (see Engineering Dual Degree Program)

Electronic Journalism (CCOM) (see Journalism)

Electronic Media (CCOM) (see Digital Media Production)

Elementary Education (COE) - prepares students for teaching and instructional leadership in elementary schools. By completing the program requirements, early and middle childhood education majors also meet state licensing course requirements for licensure in early childhood (beginning with kindergarten) and middle childhood settings. Includes concentrations in

  • Early Childhood
  • English as a New Language
  • Information Literacy
  • Reading Teacher
  • Special Education

Engineering Dual Degree Program (LAS) - students earn degrees from both Butler University and Purdue University. Students earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Butler with a major in: Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Economics or Science, Technology & Society. Additionally, students receive degrees from the Purdue School of Engineering (Indianapolis campus) in one of the following:

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

English (LAS) - study of the fundamental importance of language and literature in the development of identity, community and culture. A degree in English offers three concentrations: Creative Writing; Literature; and Theory, Culture and Criticism.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (COB) - provides students with a fundamental understanding of the dynamic process of creating something unique and adding value by applying an innovative mindset and an action-oriented perspective, while taking calculated risks.

Ethics (LAS) (minor only)

Exploratory Studies - major for undecided students affiliated with select colleges, interested in actively investigating all their options

  • General - program for undecided students interested in investigating majors from all the colleges before choosing a specialty. More information.
  • Natural Sciences - program for undecided students interested in investigating majors within the sciences. More information.
  • Business - program for undecided students interested in investigating all areas of business before choosing a specialty. More information.
  • Education - program for undecided students interested in investigating all areas of education before choosing a specialty. More information.
  • Communication - program for undecided students interested in investigating all areas of communication before choosing a specialty. More information.

Finance (COB) - the art and the science of managing money.

Foreign Languages (LAS)

French (LAS) - study of French language and cultures.

Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (LAS) - offers students a unique opportunity to question and challenge the power structures that perpetuate privilege and inequality.

Generalist (see Exploratory Studies)

German (LAS) - study of German language and cultures.

Health (COE) (see Education - All-Grade K-12 / Physical Education/Health)

History (LAS) - explores the development of American, European and non-Western societies.

History and Anthropology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

History and Political Science (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Individualized Major (LAS) - Meeting the needs of students whose primary academic interests cut across traditional academic disciplines, this program allows students who have shown interest in cross-disciplinary work to design their own majors.

Instrumental Performance (JCA) (see Music)

Instrumental Performance and Instrumental/General Music Education (JCA) (see Music)

Interactive Media (CCOM) - provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and design interactive and responsive websites and mobile applications.

International Business (COB) - prepares students to function in the increasing global marketplace by understanding other cultures and responding to the issues that impact the domestic and world economy.

International Studies (LAS) - study of the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community to understand and analyze world problems and issues.

Jazz Studies (JCA) (see Music)

Journalism (CCOM) - includes online, print and broadcast journalism through experiential learning in a variety of award-winning student media outlets. Use of Indianapolis as a reporting laboratory, including issues of importance to the city.

Literature (LAS) (see English)

Lyric Theatre (JCA) (see Music)

Management Information Systems (COB) - focuses on how managers use information and technology to help organizations achieve goals.

Marketing (COB) - the business of promoting sales of a product or service through means such as promotion, pricing, packaging, channels of distribution and public relations.

Mathematics (LAS) - study of quantities and relations through the use of numbers and symbols.

Mechanical Engineering (see Engineering Dual Degree Program)

Media, Rhetoric and Culture (CCOM) - provides students the critical tools and practical skills necessary to engage in the analysis of communication.

Middle and Secondary Education (COE- enables students to combine the strength of in-depth preparation in an academic content area with the professional teacher education skills necessary for success in the classroom. Extensive clinical experiences are provided prior to student teaching in a variety of school settings. Content areas include:

  • English
  • Foreign Languages: French, German, Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Life Sciences/Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Social Studies

Multimedia Studies (CCOM)

Music (see also Arts Administration - Music(JCA)

  • Composition
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Jazz Studies
  • Lyric Theatre
  • Music Education
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Piano Pedagogy
  • Voice Performance

Music Education (JCA) (see Education - All-Grade K-12 and Music - prepares students to teach music to all grade levels K-12.

Natural Sciences - Exploratory Studies (see Exploratory Studies)

Neuroscience (LAS) (minor only)

News Editorial (CCOM)

Peace and Conflict Studies (LAS) - seeks to promote a critical understanding of the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace.

Pedagogy (JCA) (see Dance and Music)

Performance (JCA) (see Dance and Music)

Pharmacy (COPHS)

Philosophy (LAS) - rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct.

Philosophy and Psychology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Philosophy and Religion (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Physical Education/Health (see All-Grade K-12 Education) (COE) - prepares students interested in working as health and physical education teachers, fitness instructors, personal trainers, recreational leaders and coaches. Candidates will be eligible for the K-12 Indiana teacher license and will also be eligible to sit for ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) exams, as well as fitness, strength and conditioning exams through other organizations.

Physician Assistant (COPHS)

Physics (LAS) - seeks to understand the rules of nature that govern the universe.

Piano Pedagogy (JCA) (see Music)

Piano Performance and Instrumental/General Music Education (JCA) (see Music)

Piano Performance and Choral/General Music Education (JCA) (see Music)

Political Science (LAS) - theory and practice of politics, and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.

Political Science and History (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Pre-Dentistry (pre-professional program)

Pre-Law (pre-professional program)

Pre-Medicine (pre-professional program)

Pre-Optometry (pre-professional program)

Pre-Pharmacy (COPHS) - Two-year pre-professional phase with automatic entry into the four-year professional PharmD program. (Must apply by November 15 for consideration.)

Pre-Physical Therapy (pre-professional program)

Pre-Physician Assistant (COPHS) - Two-year pre-professional phase in order to apply for the three-year dual bachelors/masters degree program.

Pre-Seminary (pre-professional program)

Pre-Veterinary Medicine (pre-professional program)

Psychology (LAS) - science that studies human and animal behavior.

Psychology and Anthropology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Psychology and Criminology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Psychology and Political Science (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Psychology and Sociology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Public Relations (CCOM) - essential balance of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to create and deliver messages targeted to a wide array of audiences: media, employees, customers, legislators, investors and the community.

Reading Teacher (COE) (see Elementary Education)

Recording Industry Studies (CCOM)

Religion (LAS) - study of various religious traditions and literature and examinations of the nature of religion.

Religion and Philosophy (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Risk Management and Insurance (COB) - study of the effect of risks on individuals and organizations and how to properly evaluate and devise a plan for addressing risks with insurance and the various tools available to the modern risk manager.

Science, Technology and Society (LAS) - studies the ways in which science and technology influence and are influenced by the society of which they are a part.

Sciences (LAS) (see Biology, Chemistry, Physics and other sciences by topic)

Sciences Education (see Middle/Secondary Education)

Secondary Education (COE) (see Middle/Secondary Education)

Social Studies (COE) (see Middle/Secondary Education)

Social Work and Social Policy (LAS) (see Sociology)

Sociology (LAS) - study of social life, social life change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. In addition to the broad Sociology Major, the program also houses the following majors:

  • Criminology - the study of crime and criminals.
  • Criminology and Psychology - combined degree including elements of both studies.
  • Sociology and Criminology - combined degree offering elements of both studies.
  • Social Work - concentration within sociology that offers the student practical oriented courses in social work in addition to other more theoretically oriented classes.

Software Engineering (LAS) - disciplined methodology for developing high quality software systems.

Spanish (LAS) - study of Spanish language and cultures.

Special Education (COE) (see Elementary Education)

Speech and Language Pathology (CCOM) (see Communication Sciences & Disorders)

Sports Media (CCOM) - is a multidisciplinary degree that provides specialized knowledge and training for students interested in careers in the sports information, production and media fields.

Social Work and Psychology (LAS) - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Strategic Communication: PR and Advertising (CCOM) - offers a fresh approach to traditionally separate programs in public relations and advertising. Students complete the program with the essential balance of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to create and deliver messages targeted to a wide array of audiences: media, employees, customers, legislators, investors and the community.

Theatre (JCA) - offers a unique and rigorous theatre training and education within a broad liberal arts curriculum. The faculty of international professionals and guest artists foster learning through original productions, intensive workshops, innovative coursework and close mentoring. Theatre students often study abroad, become involved in the local artistic community, and devise original performance work.

Undecided (see Exploratory Studies)

Video/Audio Production (CCOM)

Visual Arts (JCA)

Voice Performance (JCA) (see Music)

Vocal Performance and Choral/General Music Education (JCA) (see Music)

Writing (LAS) (see English)