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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) develop broad skills like critical and connective thinking, writing, analysis, and oral communication, plus deep knowledge in a particular subject area, from languages to science to gender studies. Our graduates also gain an appreciation for cultures, art, and community. It's this broad-based knowledge that business leaders and employers find so valuable.

So, what's exceptional about our liberal arts curriculum?

  • Class size. The University-wide student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1. In LAS, many of your upper-level courses will only have eight or nine students in them. You will know your faculty members well, have ample opportunities for research and collaboration, and develop close relationships that will last well beyond your time on campus.
  • Educational philosophy. Within our diversity of programs lies a unifying idea: the most valuable education focuses more on who you become and less on what you learn. We promise our students they will learn to think for themselves and act wisely and well in the world.
  • An exceptional faculty. Is this unusual in itself? No. Many universities have great teachers. But the difference is that at Butler, you will study directly with our faculty from the time you arrive as a first-year student to the time you graduate. You will never be taught by a graduate student instead of an experienced professor.
  • Research opportunities and internships. Our students have the chance to do scholarly work with professors and often present their findings at professional conferences. Recent off-campus research projects have been done at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Indiana School for the Deaf, U.S. Congress and the Center for Urban Ecology. Our goal is to make sure you are educated for a fulfilling life and career and, at the same time, well-prepared for your first job.
  • Outcomes. In the end, graduates of LAS enjoy a high rate of success after graduation. About 48 percent of our graduates pursue graduate studies immediately after graduating, and 41 percent enter directly into careers or full-time volunteer opportunities. Liberal arts and sciences graduates are in high demand because they bring communication, analysis, problem-solving, and learning skills to the workplace.
LAS Senior SeminarLAS Villani Flower LabLAS Garver Class

Majors

  • Actuarial Science
  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Classical Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Engineering Dual Degree Program
  • English
  • French
  • Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies
  • German
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Individualized Major
  • Mathematics
  • Peace & Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religion
  • Science, Technology & Society
  • Sociology
  • Software Engineering
  • Spanish

For more information, please visit www.butler.edu/las.