Programs by College

College of BusinessCollege of CommunicationCollege of Education
Jordan College of the ArtsCollege of Liberal Arts & Sciences
College of Pharmacy & Health SciencesPre-Professional Programs


College of Business (COB)

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

Economics - 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.

Exploratory Studies: Business - program for undecided students interested in investigating all areas of business before choosing a specialty.

Finance - 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 world economy.

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

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

Risk 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.

College of Communication (CCOM)

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.

Digital Media Production - explores the production of CD, DVD, websites and interactive media from concept to completion using state-of-the-art technology.

Exploratory Studies:CCOM - 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 applications.

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.

Critical Communication and Media Studies - students create, interpret, analyze and evaluate various forms of popular culture, focusing on the political and cultural influences of communication, media and film.

Organizational Communication and Leadership - with a curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, effective speaking and ethical leadership, students develop strong communication skills necessary for professional success.

Recording Industry Studies - students with a passion for music and audio transform their talents and dreams into marketable skills using state-of-the-art technology. 

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.

College of Education (COE)

Elementary Education (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 Interventions

Middle/Secondary Education (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 include:

  • English
  • Foreign Languages: French, German, Spanish
  • Mathematics
  • Science: Life Sciences/Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Social Studies
  • English as a New Language (ENL) Minor

All Grade Education (K-12)

  • 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 of settings.

Jordan College of the Arts (JCA)

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.

Arts 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 more.

Theatre - 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. 

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS)

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

African Studies (minor only).

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

Astronomy (minor only).

Biology - study of living things, both plant and animal.

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

Chinese (minor only).

Classical Studies - the development of an appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of classical literature and a comprehension of the abiding principles of the Western heritage.

Computer 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 of Business.

Engineering 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.

Ethics (minor only).

Exploratory Studies - major for undecided students interested in actively investigating all their options.

Exploratory Studies: Natural Science - major for undecided students interested in investigating majors within the sciences

French - 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.

Geography (minor only).

German - study of German language and cultures.

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

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.

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

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

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 peace.

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

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

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

Psychology - science that studies human and animal behavior.

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

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

Sociology - 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 - disciplined methodology for developing high quality software systems.

Spanish - study of Spanish language and cultures.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS)

Pre-Pharmacy - Two-year pre-professional phase with automatic entry into the four-year professional PharmD program. (Must apply by November 1 for consideration).

Pharmacy - Four-year professional phase Doctor of Pharmacy Program

  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with Medical Spanish Emphasis
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program with Research Emphasis
  • Doctor of Pharmacy/Master of Business Administration  Pharm.D./MBA program
  • 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).

Pre-Professional Programs

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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