College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Department of History and Anthropology

Overview of History at Butler

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By studying the past, the discipline of history attempts to determine what lies behind the decisions and choices that have shaped all the cultures of the world. The History major at Butler is relatively unstructured, i.e. it contains very few prescribed courses. The department encourages students to explore different disciplines in order to promote their understanding of human values.

Students in History are encouraged to participate in the activities of Phi Alpha Theta, the History honorary society. In addition to organizing various events for History students during the academic year, Phi Alpha Theta publishes Butler's first online publication, The Sophist (Student On-Line Partisan History).

Why Study History at Butler?

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History students at Butler enjoy small classes and a close working relationship with their professors, including the opportunity to carry out hands-on archival research. Indianapolis is home to a rich collection of state and regional records as well as some of the best museums in the country. All provide Butler History students with opportunities to practice their skills and knowledge outside the classroom. Other opportunities for experiential learning abound at Butler. Many History students elect to spend one or two semesters studying abroad in places ranging from China to London, to Mexico, and points in between.

History at Butler offers a broad range of study from fields including European, East Asian, US, World History, Theories, and Methods of Historians.

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History at Butler is also distinctive because of its close relationship with the discipline of anthropology. Housed in a combined department, both historians and anthropologists explore common themes through such topics as Vietnam, Revolutions, or the Holocaust. Students in both disciplines learn something about the other's methodologies, and now have the choice of a combined major in History and Anthropology, in addition to an Anthropology major or History major.

History at Butler also works closely with other fields of study. Students in history are encouraged to explore classes in International Studies, Sociology, Religious Studies, and Political Science, for example, to broaden their understanding of the human condition.

What Can I Do With A History Degree?

  • International Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Newspaper, radio and television journalism
  • Record-keeping, archival services
  • Intelligence services
  • Libraries
  • Museums
  • Market research
  • Teaching
  • Federal agency services
  • Information and research services
  • Planning commissions
  • Elected to office

Visit the American Historical Association to find out more about career opportunities for a History major.

Still have more questions about History?

Department of History and Anthropology
4600 Sunset Avenue, JH349
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Click here for a listing of Butler's History faculty.