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Academics Background


Students leave Butler ready to step directly into a career or graduate school with confidence. That success is tied to our dedication to providing a solid liberal arts education that is coupled with experiential learning opportunities that include internships, study abroad, service projects, and scholarly research. It’s a commitment to both academic excellence and real-world success that creates responsible citizens who go forth and improve the world.

The foundation of Butler students’ success is our Core Curriculum—a series of foundational classes and experiences that broaden our students’ educational horizons and give them the tools they need to be successful in whatever field they choose.


When you start at Butler, you’ll find a community of classmates and faculty who are committed to your success. Our 6 academic colleges offer over 65 undergraduate fields of study, as well as master’s programs, and a Doctor of Pharmacy program.


Butler’s Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts (GALA) program, in which professors accompany students on a semester-long trip, has been named one of the top study-abroad programs in the country by

Academic Highlights

Student at Internship

Dedication to Experiential Learning

We believe that shaping our world is an ongoing mission. From the Indianapolis Community Requirement, which gives students active involvement in the community, to the real-world experience of internships and job placements, Butler students are encouraged and supported to take their learning outside of the classroom and gain a broader perspective in the areas of professional and lifelong learning, and civic and community engagement.

Getting Noticed

When you start at Butler, you’ll find a community of classmates and faculty who are committed to your success. In fact, U.S.News & World Report (2015 Best Colleges edition) named Butler among the top schools in the country when it comes to enriched undergraduate offerings that lead to student success. They concluded that Butler is committed to providing all undergrads with “the best possible educational experience.”

Interdisciplinary 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 approaches.

Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement

Are you constantly pushing yourself and seeking new challenges?  There are plenty of opportunities at Butler to enhance your experience in the classroom. Whether you’re achieving great things through the Washington, DC Learning Program or the Butler Summer Institute, or joining elite discussions in the Honors Program, at Butler you’re surrounded by opportunities to grow academically.