Interdisciplinary Studies Programs
At Butler University, interdisciplinary programs offer students
the opportunity to bring together their
intellectual interests in a variety of academic disciplines.
Students are able to investigate a topic or
issue in the world today from multiple perspectives, study ideas
in several academic departments, and draw
on existing disciplinary knowledge and then integrate these
Degree (EDDP) - The dual-degree program is a partnership
between Butler University and Purdue University. Students earn a BA
or BS degree from Butler with a major in biology, chemistry,
computer science, economics, mathematics,
science/technology/society, or physics, and a degree in engineering
from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (Indianapolis
campus) in biomedical, computer, electrical, energy, mechanical, or
& Sexuality Studies - The Gender, Women, and Sexuality
Studies program offers students an opportunity to question and
challenge the power structures that perpetuate privilege and
inequality. The major is relevant to professions or graduate
studies in public administration, health and human services, the
arts, law, medicine, social work, journalism, and social
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. Students may also combine the
individualized major with a traditional major or minor.
Studies - International studies concentrates on the
diversity, complexity, and interdependence of the world community.
The multidisciplinary program offers students the cultural
competency for success in an increasingly complex and global job
market, and prepares them for careers in government, international
organizations, journalism, international consulting, international
business, education, community development, and human rights.
Conflict Studies - Seeking to promote an understanding of the
nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and
practice of peace, this program provides structured study within
specific content areas and prepares students for graduate study and
careers in policy analysis, government, nongovernmental
organizations, journalism, teaching, law, and business.
Technology and Society - This interdisciplinary
program studies the ways in which science and technology influence
and are influenced by the society of which they are a part.
Students gain perspectives and methods of research and problem
solving that they can apply in their careers after graduation,
including science communication; science, research, and regulatory
policy; public health; and graduate studies in medicine, science,