Programs by College
College of Business • College
of Communication • College of
Jordan College of the Arts • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences •
Accounting - focuses on developing analytical,
communication and information systems skills.
- the 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.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation -
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.
Studies: Business - program for undecided students
interested in investigating all areas of business before choosing a
- the art and the science of managing money.
International Business - prepares students to function
in the increasing global marketplace by understanding other
cultures and responding to the issues that impact the domestic and
Management Information Systems - focuses on how managers
use information and technology to help organizations achieve
- the business of promoting sales of a product or service through
means such as promotion, pricing, packaging, channels of
distribution and public relations.
Management and Insurance - the 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.
Communication Sciences &
Disorders - the scientific study of speech and hearing
science, speech and language development and communicative
disorders through experiential learning in the on-campus Butler
Speech-Language Clinic and the Community Screening Program.
Production - explores the production of CD, DVD,
websites and interactive media from concept to completion using
- for students interested in a career in communication who have yet
to narrow their preferred focus, the exploratory track offers
students an opportunity to investigate all that is available in
communication at Butler University.
Interactive Media -
provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and
design interactive and responsive websites and mobile
Journalism - 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.
Media, Rhetoric & Culture
- students create, interpret, analyze and evaluate various
forms of popular culture, focusing on the political and cultural
influences of communication, media and film.
Communication and Leadership - with a curriculum emphasizing
critical thinking, effective speaking and ethical leadership,
students develop strong communication skills necessary for
Studies - students with a passion for music and audio
transform their talents and dreams into marketable skills using
Sports Media - is a multidisciplinary
degree that provides specialized knowledge and training for
students interested in careers in the sports information,
production, and media fields.
Strategic Communication: Public
Relations & Advertising - utilizing experiential
learning, students study the rapidly expanding international market
for coordinated strategic business communications through applied
coursework and award-winning student organizations.
(K-6) - prepares students for teaching and instructional
leadership in elementary schools. By completing the program
requirements, elementary education majors also meet state
licensing course requirements for licensure in K-6 settings.
Content area minors include:
- Early Education
- English as a New Language (ENL)
- Information Literacy
- Reading Teacher
- Special Education/Mild
(5-12) - 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
- Foreign Languages: French,
- Science: Life Sciences/Biology,
- Social Studies
- English as a New Language
All Grade Education
- Music Education -
prepares students to teach music to all grade levels K-12.
- Human Movement and Health Science Education - prepares
educational leaders who promote quality programs for physical and
health education, physical activity, fitness and sport in a variety
Art - 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.
Administration - combines training in disciplines
(general arts, dance, music, theatre) and preparing for a career in
the management of non-profit arts and community organizations
within a strong liberal arts environment. This includes a
concentration of study in business, public relations and
advertising, and specifics of arts management.
Dance - a national,
classical ballet-based program that offers the serious dance
student professional-level training in conjunction with an
expansive liberal arts education. This training is supplemented
with modern, jazz, character and theatrical dance. Dance provides
extensive pre-professional opportunities through its yearly
full-scale productions, each performed with a live orchestra.
Music - provides
conservatory-quality training in a liberal arts environment,
including many ensembles for music majors and all Butler students
as well as strong ties to a thriving artistic community. Areas of
study include instrumental and vocal performance, music education,
music history, music theory, composition, jazz studies and
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
Science - use of mathematics, statistics and financial
theory to estimate risk, primarily in the insurance and financial
African Studies (minor
- understanding of similarities and differences in human cultures,
past and present, on a global scale.
Biology - study of
living things, both plant and animal.
study of the composition, properties and changes of substances.
- the development of an appreciation, understanding and
enjoyment of classical literature and a comprehension of the
abiding principles of the Western heritage.
Science - study of computer-based systems.
Economics - provides
problem-solving and data-gathering skills to make informed
decisions in a variety of settings, e.g., government, law, finance,
business and journalism; and for a variety of job responsibilities.
Note: An Economics major is also offered by the College
Dual Degree Program (EDDP) - 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- 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.
Studies - major for undecided students interested in
actively investigating all their options.
Natural Science - major for undecided students
interested in investigating majors within the sciences
study of French language and cultures.
Gender, Women and Sexuality
Studies - offers students a unique opportunity to
question and challenge the power structures that perpetuate
privilege and inequality.
study of German language and cultures.
- explores the development of American, European and non-Western
Individualized Major -
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.
Studies - study of the diversity, complexity and
interdependence of the world community to understand and analyze
world problems and issues.
- study of quantities and relations through the use of numbers and
Neuroscience (minor only).
Peace and Conflict Studies -
seeks to promote a critical understanding of the nature and
dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of
- rational investigation of the truths and principles of being,
knowledge or conduct.
Physics - seeks to
understand the rules of nature that govern the universe.
Science - theory and practice of politics, and the
description and analysis of political systems and political
science that studies human and animal behavior.
- study of various religious traditions and literature and
examinations of the nature of religion.
Technology and Society - studies the ways in which
science and technology influence and are influenced by the society
of which they are a part.
- 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
- 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.
Engineering - disciplined methodology for developing
high quality software systems.
study of Spanish language and cultures.
Pre-Pharmacy - Two-year
pre-professional phase with automatic entry into the four-year
professional PharmD program. (Must apply by November 1 for
Pharmacy - Four-year
professional phase Doctor of
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with Medical Spanish
- Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with Research
- Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration
- Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Pharmaceutical
Sciences Pharm.D./MS program
Pre-Physician Assistant -
Two-year pre-professional phase in order to apply for the
three-year dual bachelors/masters degree program.
Physician Assistant -
Three-year professional phase culminating in the Master of
Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).
In addition to declaring a major, students may participate in a
pre-professional program of interest. Pre-professional programs
supplement a major and are designed to better prepare students for
graduate school placement.
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