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College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Welcome to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

We are delighted that you are joining Butler University and our college in particular. Below you will find some information specific to registration as a student in Liberal Arts and Sciences. We hope this information will help you in preparing for your academic advising appointment. Please also visit the Prepare for Advising website for important general advice.

Placement Exams and the Foreign Language Requirement

All Liberal Arts and Sciences students are required to take a foreign language. You may choose to continue in a language you have taken in high school or start from the beginning in a new language. If you plan to enroll in a language that you have already studied, you will need to complete a placement exam before you attend New Student Registration. If you plan to begin a new language, a placement exam is not required.

Core Curriculum - Areas of Inquiry

The Core Curriculum includes six Areas of Inquiry that focus on distinct areas of study. They are designed to add breadth to the Butler liberal arts education. When preparing for registration, you should investigate courses in each of these areas. Depending on your major, you are exempt from the Area of Inquiry that includes that area of study since you will already be taking classes in that area through your major. Below you will find the Area of Inquiry exemptions for each major offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. For more information about a specific major, click below to be directed to the department's website.                                                     

If you are majoring in:  

You are exempt from this
Area of Inquiry:

Actuarial Science

Analytical Reasoning

Anthropology

The Social World

Astronomy & Astrophysics

The Natural World

Biology

The Natural World

Chemistry

The Natural World

Classical Studies

Texts and Ideas

Computer Science

Analytical Reasoning

Criminology

The Social World

Criminology & Psychology

The Social World

Economics

The Social World

Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP)

The Natural World

English

Texts and Ideas

French

Texts and Ideas

Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies

The Social World

German

Texts and Ideas

History

Texts and Ideas

History & Anthropology

Texts and Ideas and the Social World

History & Political Science

Texts and Ideas and the Social World

International Studies

The Social World

Mathematics

Analytical Reasoning

Peace and Conflict Studies

The Social World

Philosophy

Texts and Ideas

Philosophy & Psychology

Texts and Ideas and the Social World

Philosophy & Religion

Texts and Ideas

Physics

The Natural World

Political Science

The Social World

Political Science & Psychology

The Social World

Psychology

The Social World

Psychology & Anthropology

The Social World

Religion

Texts and Ideas

Science, Technology & Society

The Social World

Sociology

The Social World

Sociology with Social Work & Social Policy concentration

The Social World

Social Work and Psychology

The Social World

Software Engineering

Analytical Reasoning

Spanish

Texts and Ideas