The faculty members of the Political Science Department at Butler University see our discipline as connected to Liberal Arts which are about studying and understanding ourselves, other peoples, different ways of being and knowing, of developing tolerance and empathy, and learning to use evidence and think critically. As political scientists we seek to understand the causes of wars, social injustices, economic disparities and uneven technological growth for the purpose of alleviating suffering. Because a liberal arts education encourages an activist disposition we look for ways to address problems such as world poverty, inadequate health care, educational disparities between neighboring communities and environmental degradation and seek nonviolent solutions to human rights violations worldwide. The Political Science Department at Butler University deliberately challenges systems, institutions and leaders that dehumanize, marginalize and oppress any persons and other living beings. We seek to engage in intellectual practices that provide sustainable solutions for the betterment of all.

The department is committed to teaching students how to effect positive social change. In practicing citizenship skills that include empathetic listening, moral reasoning, personal responsibility and a greater awareness of one's responsibility to the human polity, our students develop as active and engaged citizens at the local, national and international levels. We offer courses that include service-learning and community-based research and that encourage students to accept responsibility for their learning and to recognize that knowledge may be obtained from a variety of different people and situations.

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4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Secretary: Linda Cooley
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