Academics

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Business ~ Show Listing

  • Accounting (COB) - focuses on developing analytical, communication and information systems skills.
  • Arts Administration (JCA) - integrates the arts with business skills to prepare students for a career working with and in a wide variety of artists and non-profit arts organizations. Includes specialties in Dance, Music, Theatre and General.
  • Economics (COB) - 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. Note: An Economics major is also offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • 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.
  • Exploratory Studies (COB) - program for undecided students interested in investigating all areas of business before choosing a specialty.
  • Finance (COB) - the art and the science of managing money.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Organizational Communication and Leadership (CCOM) - with a curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, effective speaking and ethical leadership, students develop strong communication skills necessary for professional success.
  • Risk Management and Insurance (COB) - 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.
  • Strategic Communication - Public Relations & Advertising (CCOM) - utilizing experiential learning, students study the rapidly expanding international market for coordinated strategic business communications through applied coursework and award-winning student organizations.

Communication ~ Show Listing

  • Communication Sciences and Disorders (CCOM) - 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 (CCOM)- Explores the production of CD, DVD, websites and interactive media from concept to completion using state-of-the-art technology.
  • Interactive Media (CCOM) - provides students with the knowledge and skills to develop and design interactive and responsive websites and mobile applications.
  • 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.
  • Media, Rhetoric and Culture (CCOM) - 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 (CCOM) - With a curriculum emphasizing critical thinking, effective speaking and ethical leadership, students develop strong communication skills necessary for professional success.
  • Recording Industry Studies (CCOM) - Students with a passion for music and audio transform their talents and dreams into marketable skills using state-of-the-art technology.
  • 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.
  • Strategic Communication: Public Relations and Advertising (CCOM) - Utilizing experiential learning, students study the rapidly expanding international market for coordinated strategic business communications through applied coursework and award-winning student organizations.
  • CCOM Exploratory (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.

Education ~ Show Listing

  • Early/Middle Childhood 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. Special content areas include:
    • Special Education
    • Reading Teacher
  • Middle/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
  • Music Education (COE) - prepares students to teach music to all grade levels K-12.
  • Music Education (JCA) - certification for K-12 in choral, instrumental, and general music (band, orchestra, chorus, general).
    • Choral/general - certification for K-12 teaching in choral and general music.
    • Instrumental/general - certification for K-12 in instrumental and general music (band, orchestra, general).
  • Physical Education and Health (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.
    • Exercise Science - Exercise Science is a concentration within the Physical Education Program. A student can follow the Exercise Science track without including the Physical Education requirements for licensing. This concentration enables a student to become a certified Exercise Science Trainer by passing a national certification at the end of the four year program. Courses work includes several biology courses including Anatomy and Physiology and prepares students to work in a variety exercise settings.

Engineering ~ Show Listing

  • 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 and 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 ~ Show Listing

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Media, Rhetoric & Culture (CCOM) - students create, interpret, analyze and evaluate various forms of popular culture, focusing on the political and cultural influences of communication, media and film.

Health Professions ~ Show Listing

  • Communication Sciences & Disorders (CCOM) - 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.
  • Pharmacy (COPHS) - A six-year PharmD program.
  • Physician Assistant (COPHS) - A five-year dual bachelors/masters degree program.
  • Pre-Health (LAS)- pre-health studies aren't majors; however, students in these pre-professional programs receive additional support, information and guidance in becoming applicants to pursue advanced degrees in professional health programs after graduation from Butler.
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Pre-Speech and Language Pathology
    • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Journalism ~ See Communication.

Languages ~ Show Listing

Marketing ~ Show Listing

  • 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.
  • Strategic Communication - Public Relations & Advertising (CCOM) - utilizing experiential learning, students study the rapidly expanding international market for coordinated strategic business communications through applied coursework and award-winning student organizations.

Mathematics ~ Show Listing

  • 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.
  • Economics (COB) - 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. Note: An Economics major is also offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
  • Finance (COB) - the art and the science of managing money.
  • Mathematics (LAS) - the study of quantities and relations through the use of numbers and symbols.

Performing and Fine Arts ~ Show Listing

  • 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 (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.
  • 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.
  • Music (JCA) - 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 (JCA) - undergraduate theatre program that offers: a creative environment where students develop practical and critical skills, create exciting work and commit to the collaborative process of making theatre; professional ties to the Indiana Repertory Theatre, providing regular interaction with professional theatre artists; international focus, enabling students to study and create theatre at Butler and abroad; professional experience through internships and contracted employment.

Religion and Philosophy ~ Show Listing

  • Philosophy (LAS) - the rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge or conduct.
  • Philosophy and Religion (LAS) - combined degree includes elements of both studies.
  • Religion (LAS) - study of various religious traditions and literature and examinations of the nature of religion.
  • Pre-Seminary (LAS) - this program is not a major; however, students in pre-seminary receive additional support, information and guidance in becoming applicants to pursue an advanced degree after graduation from Butler.

Sciences ~ Show Listing

  • Actuarial Science (LAS)- use of mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to estimate risk, primarily in the insurance and financial security industries.
  • Anthropology (LAS) - understanding of similarities and differences in human cultures, past and present, on a global scale.
  • Biological Sciences (LAS) - the study of living things; both plant and animal
  • Biomedical Engineering (LAS) - see EDDP
  • Chemistry (LAS) - study of the composition, properties and changes of substances.
  • Computer Science (LAS)
  • Computer Engineering (LAS) - see EDDP
  • Electrical Engineering (LAS) - see EDDP
  • 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 and 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
  • Mechanical Engineering (LAS) - see EDDP
  • Pharmacy (COPHS) - A six year PharmD program.
  • Physician Assistant (COPHS)- A 5 year dual bachelors/masters degree program.
  • Physics (LAS) - seeks to understand the rules of nature that govern the universe.
  • Pre-Health (LAS)- pre-health studies aren't majors, however students in these pre-professional programs receive additional support, information and guidance in becoming applicants to pursue advanced degrees in professional health programs after graduation from Butler.
    • Pre-Dentistry
    • Pre-Medicine
    • Pre-Optometry
    • Pre-Physical Therapy
    • Pre-Speech and Language Pathology
    • Pre-Veterinary
  • 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.

Social Sciences ~ Show Listing

  • Anthropology (LAS) - understanding of similarities and differences in human cultures, past and present, on a global scale.
  • Communication Sciences & Disorders (CCOM) - 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.
  • History (LAS) - explores the development of American, European and non-Western societies.
  • History and Political Science (LAS) - combined degree which includes elements of both studies - explores the development of American, European and non-Western societies.
  • International Studies (LAS) - study of the diversity, complexity and interdependence of the world community to understand and analyze world problems and issues.
  • Political Science (LAS) - the theory and practice of politics, and the description and analysis of political systems and political behavior.
  • Psychology (LAS) - science that studies human and animal behavior.
  • 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.
  • Social Sciences (COE) - teaching certification in Middle/Secondary Education with a concentration in Social Studies.
  • 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.
    • Sociology/Social Work -concentration within sociology that offers the student practical oriented courses in social work in addition to other more theoretically oriented classes.
    • Sociology/Social Work and Psychology - combined degree offering elements of both studies.

Technology ~ Show Listing