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Browse by Majors & Minors


Accounting (LSB) (Major) (Degrees: BS, MPAcc)
The accounting major focuses on developing analytical, communication, and information systems skills. The program prepares students for a career in either corporate or public accounting, with an emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. Accounting also provides a foundation for any type of business career.

Actuarial Science (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Actuarial science uses mathematics, statistics, and financial theory to estimate risk, primarily in the insurance and financial security industries. The Butler program helps to prepare students for the jointly administered CAS/SOA (Casualty Actuarial Society/Society of Actuaries) Examinations P, FM, MLC, MFE, and C.

African Studies (LAS) (Minor only)
The minor in African studies is an interdisciplinary program that draws upon areas of the humanities, social sciences, and occasionally, the fine arts. Students are encouraged to individualize their programs with study-abroad experiences in Africa, if possible, or internships focusing on museums, performing arts organizations, communication and media agencies, or nongovernmental agencies.

Anthropology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Anthropology explores the similarities and differences in human cultures, past and present, on a global scale. At Butler, the primary focus is cultural anthropology, which studies the ways that humans create meaning, forge alliances, assert differences, and both reinforce and create anew social and political hierarchies and vectors of inequality. The program prepares students for careers from nonprofit work to healthcare to education and business.

Anthropology and Psychology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Anthropology and Religion (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Art + Design (JCA) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
This unique, cutting-edge program focuses on the integration of art and design, combining studio practice and digital design within a broad liberal arts education. The principles of the program emphasize integration, ingenuity, sustainability, and community.

Art History (JCA) (Minor only)
Art History is the study of art from the past and the present within its various contexts, such as political, sociological, and cultural ones, as well as the frameworks provided by artistic practice and critical discourse. Art History encourages creative and critical thinking through visual analysis, and the skill set can be applied to other disciplines as well. With the Indianapolis Museum of Art adjacent to Butler campus, Art History incorporates a variety of museum activities to promote the close looking, object-based research, and experiential learning. 

Arts Administration (JCA) (Major) (Degree: BS)
Arts Administration combines an in-depth study of  the student’s chosen art form with classes in business, non-profit management, and communications to prepare graduates for the many varied opportunities in a career advocating for the arts. The program includes required internship and volunteer experiences in the arts world.

Astronomy (LAS) (Minor only)
This 24-credit-hour minor includes courses in astronomy, physics, and astrophysics. (Prerequisites are required in calculus and physics.) Butler’s program in astronomy and astrophysics features superior facilities, including a fully automated 1-meter telescope on campus, a remote observing and computational astrophysics lab, and the “Big Dawg” supercomputer for computational research.

Astronomy and Astrophysics (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BS)(3-year degree option)
Besides providing foundational coursework in astronomy, physics, and mathematics, Butler’s program features superior facilities, including a fully automated 1-meter telescope on campus, a remote observing and computational astrophysics lab, and the “Big Dawg” supercomputer for computational research. Careers for majors include education, engineering, physics, astronomy, aerospace, intelligence and defense industries, and computational physics.

Biochemistry (LAS) (Major) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Butler offers an undergraduate degree program that emphasizes experiential learning and problem solving in a comprehensive curriculum focusing on biochemistry and chemistry. Our program focuses on the transformation of students into scholars by inviting them to work side-by-side with faculty in a collaborative research environment. Our students gain a personal learning experience through an education tailored to their interests. 

Biology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Butler’s program provides students with broad training in biology—the study of living things, both plant and animal—and a solid foundation of core courses in the liberal arts. With a strong emphasis on student research, the department provides students with lab and field opportunities where they may explore at the molecular, cellular, organismal, and population levels of biological organization.

Business Administration (LSB) (Degrees: MBA)
The Butler MBA utilizes the resources of a nationally ranked business school that is locally connected and has the top international accreditation. The program is designed for working professionals who complete the program at their own pace. In addition to a general MBA, concentrations are available in entrepreneurship and innovation, finance, international business, leadership, and marketing.

Business Law (LSB) (Minor only)
The business law minor gives students the basic vocabulary and foundational thinking of the business disciplines through introductory accounting and economics, and provides an introduction to basic ethical and legal issues that surround business activities and transactions.

Chemistry (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Chemistry aims to understand the composition, properties, and changes of substances. The Butler chemistry program offers courses in all the areas of chemistry -- inorganic, physical, organic, analytical, and biochemistry—plus interdisciplinary courses involving biology, environmental and forensic science, and psychology.

Chinese (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
This major emphasizes the study of the Chinese language and cultures. A disciplined approach to languages, literatures, and cultures provides access to a broader global community, deepens one's engagement with other linguistic and cultural traditions, and teaches students to be sensitive and critical readers of cultural texts.

Classical Studies (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Butler’s program in classics (the culture, history, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome) provides an intimate and vibrant learning community, engagement through study-abroad opportunities, and practical experience through research projects. Students often combine classics with courses in English, history, philosophy, religion, political science, and modern languages.

Communication Sciences & Disorders (CCOM) (Major) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
In this program that studies speech and hearing science, speech and language development, and communicative disorders, students have opportunities for experiential learning through the Butler Speech-Language Clinic, the Butler Aphasia Community, research with faculty mentors, and internships. The program provides a background for graduate studies in speech-language pathology, audiology, or speech science.

Computer Science (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
The computer science program addresses the study of computer-based systems, beginning with a foundation in mathematical problem solving and programming. Highlights of the Butler program include a supercomputer (“Big Dawg”), a service-learning program, research activities, and excellent connections with local industry including many opportunities for internships.

Creative Media and Entertainment (formerly Digital Media Production) (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
This program explores the production of content for television, film, websites, and interactive media. Through studies in digital video production and editing, graphic design, animation, interactive media, and web design, students develop a broad skill set and an understanding of both traditional and new media.

Creative Writing (LAS) (Degree: MFA)

Within our 36-hour studio MFA program, we will design a curriculum just for you, based on your artistic and professional interests in fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. As a full-time student, you can finish program requirements in two years. Our electives include screenwriting, young adult fiction, literary editing, publishing, and teaching creative writing.

Criminology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Criminology focuses on the social causes and consequences of crime. The Butler program emphasizes the fundamentals of social-science research, concepts and issues, theories and methods, and research practice. Career opportunities include work in social services, business, and community organizations. Students also pursue law school or graduate degrees in criminology, criminal justice, forensics, or other social sciences.

Criminology and Psychology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Critical Communication and Media Studies (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This program provides students with the tools and skills necessary to engage in the analysis of communication. The major prepares students for professions that require “big picture” thinking and detail-oriented language—from social media managers, speechwriters, film critics, and lobbyists to campaign directors, communications specialists, policy analysts, and community organizers. Graduates also receive a strong foundation for graduate or law school.


Dance (JCA) (Major) (Degrees: BA, BS, BFA)
Butler's nationally recognized dance program focuses on classical ballet and offers professional-level training with a liberal arts education. Performance components include Butler Ballet (full-length classical story ballets and diverse programs with original contemporary works), and Butler Chamber Dance. Butler offers a BFA in Dance-Performance, BA in Dance-Pedagogy, and BS in Dance-Arts Administration.

Data Science (LAS) (Minor only)
The program is designed to provide undergraduate students the mathematical, statistical, and computer programming tools necessary to broaden their disciplinary education, preparing them for success in an increasingly data-driven world.

Diverse Learners (COE) (Minor only)
The Diverse Learners minor focuses on equipping pre-service teachers with the specialized knowledge necessary to meet the needs of students in an inclusive classroom. Coursework includes topics related to special education, teaching English learners, and supporting students with diverse identities, abilities, and cultural backgrounds. This minor is required for Elementary majors and available to Middle Secondary majors.

Economics (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BSE)
Economics is the study of how societies allocate their limited resources among competing uses. The College of Business economics program provides a foundation for the study of specialized business disciplines, such as accounting and marketing, and aids in choosing good government policies. (See also the economics major from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.)

Economics (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
Economics is the study of how societies allocate their limited resources among competing uses. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences economics program provides students with problem-solving and data-gathering skills to make informed decisions in a variety of settings, e.g., government, law, finance, business, and journalism. (See also the economics major from the College of Business.)

Education (COE) (Minor)
Are you interested in knowing more about the role that well-prepared educators and education advocates play in how people learn? Do you have a passion for understanding the critical role that education plays in a democratic society? Then the Education Minor might be a great addition to your major course of study. This minor is open to any Butler student who is not pursuing a College of Education major.

See also:

  • Elementary Education – grades K-6 or PreK-3
  • Middle and Secondary Education – grades 5-12
  • Human Movement and Health Science Education
  • Exploratory Education
  • Youth and Community Development
  • Minors: Diverse Learners, Education, Special Education—Mild Intervention, Recreation and Sports Studies, Sport Coaching, and Teachers of English Learners 

Educational Administration (COE) (Degree: MS)
The Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals is an innovative and experience-based master’s program that prepares its graduates for the many challenges facing school administrators. Students complete a two-year, 36-credit-hour program that leads to an MS in education. For those students seeking a license in education administration who already hold a Master's degree, EPPSP offers a 24-hour program of study.

Effective Teaching and Leadership (COE) (Degree: MS)
In this 36-credit-hour MS program, the core curriculum is complemented by an individual plan of study and culminates in a thesis project. Participants are prepared to continue within the professional setting, provide leadership within a school, or continue with studies at the doctoral level.

Elementary Education (COE) (Major) (Degree: BS)

  • Elementary Education—K-6 License Pathway
    The elementary education major prepares students for teaching and instructional leadership. By completing the K-6 licensure pathway, elementary education majors meet state course requirements for licensure in K-6. This program includes an embedded Diverse Learners minor in the curriculum.
  • Elementary Education—PreK-3 License Pathway
    The elementary education major prepares students for teaching and instructional leadership. By completing the PreK-3 licensure pathway, elementary education majors meet state course requirements for licensure in PreK-3. This program includes an embedded Diverse Learners and Mild Intervention minors in the curriculum.

Engineering Dual Degree Program (LAS) (Major) (Degrees: BA or BS)
The dual-degree program is a partnership between Butler University and Purdue University. Students earn a BA or BS degree from Butler with a major in biology, chemistry, computer science, economics, mathematics, science/technology/society, or physics, and a degree in engineering from the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology (Indianapolis campus) in biomedical, computer, electrical, energy, mechanical, or motorsports engineering.

English (LAS) (Degree: MA)
The Master of Arts program in English at Butler University consists of course work and individual studies in English and American as well as European and World Literatures. Additional topics for study include Minority Literatures, Gender Studies, Colonial and Post-colonial literatures as well as Literary Theory and Post-Modernism. In some cases courses may also be taken for graduate credit in Composition, Rhetoric and Creative Writing. The program is flexible enough to accommodate a wide array of academic interests and career goals. The learning environment is highly interactive due to small class sizes and close relationship among faculty and students. A variety of special events and programs further enrich literary studies at Butler, including the University's Visiting Writers Series, The Writers Studio, workshops, lectures and presentations.

English Literature (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Butler’s English program emphasizes the study of the fundamental importance of language and literature in the development of identity, community, and culture. The undergraduate degree offers four tracks: creative writing; literature; theory, culture, and criticism; or public and professional writing. Butler also offers an MFA in creative writing.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BS)
The program provides students with an understanding of the dynamic process of creating something unique and adding value by applying an innovative mindset and an action-oriented perspective, while taking calculated risks. Students are equipped to apply this way of thinking and set of behaviors in new and existing organizations, whether for-profit or not-for-profit.

Environmental Studies (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)

This new program prepares students for careers related to the exploration, management, preservation, and conservation of the natural environment. Students will analyze and investigate the basis of environmental issues facing the world in modern times; analyze and investigate challenges to solving environmental issues related to political, economic, social, and ethical perspectives; and research and communicate environment-related information from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Ethics (LAS) (Minor only)
The philosophy-based ethics minor will be beneficial to students as a complement to their major in many different areas, to their post-bachelor education (law, medicine, political science, etc.), to their careers (e.g., government and business), and, more broadly, to finding their way in life.

Exploratory Business (LSB) (Major)
Do you know that you want to study business but are undecided about your major? At Butler, you don’t have to declare a major right away. Rather than starting down a path you’re unsure about, you can explore the options within business and find the best fit for your values, interests, and personality.

In the Andre B. Lacy School of Business, you will receive help from both an academic advisor (faculty) and a personal career mentor (from our Executives-in-Residence program). They will help you identify interests, explore academic options, learn about the career development process and gather information about professions that interest you. In addition, the Freshman Business Experience class will help you learn more about yourself and also give you the opportunity to explore all of the business disciplines.

Exploratory Communication (CCOM) (Major)
Do you have a general interest in communication or media, but you are not sure what to major in? The Exploratory Communication major gives you an opportunity to explore the many areas of study that Butler has to offer. Whether you think you may like to work with people with communication disorders, or study film and television, or create your own film or web series, or work in advertising or public relations, or if you want to become a news writer or entrepreneurial leader among many other options.

Exploratory Education (COE) (Major)
Do you want a career in education or working with youth in a community setting but aren’t sure what path to take? Through Exploratory Education, you can try out many of your education interests, ranging from elementary and middle/secondary education, human movement and health science education or Youth and Community Development before fully immersing yourself in a major.

Exploratory Natural Sciences (LAS) (Major)
Would you like to pursue a career in the natural sciences? Through the Exploratory Natural Science major you can try out many of your natural sciences interests through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You’ll develop new skills, work with a personal mentor, and learn about various career paths before fully immersing yourself in a major.

Exploratory Studies (LAS) (Major) 
Finding the area of study that’s best for you is often a journey in itself. Through Exploratory Studies, you can try out many of your interests and develop new skills before fully immersing yourself in a major. In the Exploratory Studies Course you’ll learn about Butler’s 65+ majors through class observations and job-shadow experiences.

Film Studies (CCOM) (Minor)

Finance (LSB) (Major) (Degree: BS)
At Butler, the curriculum in finance (the art and science of managing money) includes three of the discipline’s major areas: corporate finance, investments, and financial institutions. Graduates typically seek careers in banking, insurance, investments, corporate finance, or personal financial advising, and some go on to professional schools of law or management.

French (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This major emphasizes the study of the French language and cultures. A disciplined approach to languages, literatures, and cultures provides access to a broader global community, deepens one’s engagement with other linguistic and cultural traditions, and teaches students to be sensitive and critical readers of cultural texts.


Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies program offers students an opportunity to question and challenge the power structures that perpetuate privilege and inequality. The major is relevant to professions or graduate studies in public administration, health and human services, the arts, law, medicine, social work, journalism, and social justice.

General Program (LAS) (Degrees: AA, AS)

Geography (LAS) (Minor only)
Cultural geography brings together history, culture, and spatial patterning. Geography courses at Butler start by studying Indianapolis, then move outward to Indiana, the U.S., and the world. The 18-credit-hour geography minor (six hours of lower-level and 12 hours of upper-level courses) would be particularly valuable for students preparing to teach social studies in secondary school.

German (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This major emphasizes the study of the German language and cultures. A disciplined approach to languages, literatures, and cultures provides access to a broader global community, deepens one’s engagement with other linguistic and cultural traditions, and teaches students to be sensitive and critical readers of cultural texts.

Healthcare and Business (COPHS) (Major) (Degree: BSHS)
The Healthcare and Business major allows students to pursue a wide variety of career paths within healthcare focused industries. Following successful completion of this bachelor's degree, students are well prepared to go directly into the workforce in a variety of areas (public health, healthcare marketing, pharmaceutical, or medical device companies, etc.) or into graduate programs (MBA, Masters in Hospital Administration, Masters in Public Health, etc.)

Healthcare Management (LSB) (Minor only)
This minor provides a foundation in the healthcare delivery system, healthcare economics, and insurance principles. Students can gain additional expertise in the healthcare aspects of a particular business discipline or take courses in other colleges that emphasize societal issues, public health, or other specific applications.

Health Sciences (COPHS) (Major) (Degree: BSHS)
The challenging Health Science major is specifically designed to prepare highly motived students for successful admission into clinically focused graduate programs in healthcare. In this program, students enjoy a flexible curriculum that can be tailored to meet their personal interests and the prerequisite requirements for a wide variety of graduate programs.

History (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA, MA)(3-year degree option)
Butler’s history program explores the development of American, European, and non-Western societies. The major is relatively unstructured, as students are encouraged to explore different disciplines in order to promote their understanding of human values. The program is also distinctive because of its close relationship with the discipline of anthropology, which is housed in a combined department.

History and Anthropology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

History and Political Science (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Human Communication & Organizational Leadership (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This major studies the process and effects of oral communication, emphasizing the functions and nature of communication within organizations. The program assists students with the acquisition of the skills of leadership—critical thinking, effective speaking, decision making, and problem solving. Students individually design courses of study that will best equip them for a career or graduate work.

Human Movement and Health Science Education (COE) (Degree: BS)
Butler’s HMHSE program of study prepares students with knowledge, skills, and real-world experiences in areas of teaching, coaching, health, physical activity, physical fitness, recreation, and sports. P-12 teacher licensure in Health and Physical Education, National Federation of High School Sports Levels I & II certifications, American Red Cross certifications are available. Middle and secondary major.

Individualized Major (LAS) (Major) (Degrees: BA or BS)
Meeting the needs of students whose primary academic interests cut across traditional academic disciplines, this program allows students who have shown interest in cross-disciplinary work to design their own majors. Students may also combine the individualized major with a traditional major or minor.

International Business (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BS)
The program prepares students to function in the increasingly global marketplace by understanding other cultures and responding to the issues that affect the domestic and world economy. Foreign-language study accompanies concentration in an area such as finance, accounting, marketing, marketing information systems, or economics. Career options include marketing research, sales, exporting/importing, global investments, and general management.

International Studies (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA) (3-year degree option)
International studies concentrates on the diversity, complexity, and interdependence of the world community. The multidisciplinary program offers students the cultural competency for success in an increasingly complex and global job market, and prepares them for careers in government, international organizations, journalism, international consulting, international business, education, community development, and human rights.

Jazz Studies (Minor only)

Journalism (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA) (3-year degree option)
The journalism program includes online, print, and broadcast journalism and offers experiential learning in a variety of award-winning student media outlets. Field experience uses Indianapolis as a reporting laboratory, and includes extensive on-the-ground reporting in the nation's 12th largest city and 26th largest media market.


Management Information Systems (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BS)
Management information systems is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities. The MIS discipline answers the question: How can we help people work smarter using technology? It focuses on how people, business processes, and technology interact to meet an organization's goals.

Marketing (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BS)
Marketing is the business of promoting sales of a product or service through means such as promotion, pricing, packaging, channels of distribution, and public relations. Program components include marketing management, research, advertising and promotions, and sales. Students are prepared for a wide variety of careers within advertising, accounts management, marketing research, retailing, and brand management.

Mathematics (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
The field of mathematics is the study of quantities and relations through the use of numbers and symbols. Butler's program features small classes and supportive student/faculty relationships. Graduates are prepared to work in industry and the corporate world or attend graduate school in multiple fields, including linguistics, engineering, law, the military, fundraising, and meteorology.

Middle and Secondary Education (COE) (Major) (Degree: BS)
Butler’s middle and secondary education program enables students to combine in-depth preparation in an academic content area with the teacher education skills necessary for success in the classroom. Extensive clinical experiences are provided prior to student teaching in a variety of school settings. Content areas include English; foreign languages (French, German, Spanish); health; human movement and health sciences; mathematics; physical education; science (life sciences/biology, chemistry, physics); and social studies, as well as minors in Teachers of English Learners, Recreation and Sports Studies, and Sport Coaching.

Multilingual (LAS) (Degree: BA)

Music (JCA) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA, BM, BMA, MM, MA)
Butler’s School of Music provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition, conducting (graduate only), instrumental performance, jazz studies, music education, musicology (graduate only), piano pedagogy (graduate only), piano performance, and voice performance. A flexible curriculum allows students to easily pursue a double major, study abroad, collaborate with internationally acclaimed artists, participate in Butler ensembles, complete a major research project, or teach in the Butler Community Arts School. (Also see “Arts Administration” listing.)

Music Industry Studies (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Music Industry Studies (MI) students develop knowledge and experience favored by varied sectors of the music industry such as concert promoters, venues, music publishers, product manufacturers, radio, performing rights organizations, and talent agencies. MI majors regularly engage in internships, volunteer opportunities, and community partnerships and interact with industry professionals.

Neuroscience (LAS) (Minor only)
Neuroscience is the study of the nervous system and its impact on behavior, cognition, and emotion. Butler’s interdisciplinary neuroscience minor introduces students to the brain, how it functions, and the consequences of its dysfunction due to abnormal development, disease, or injury. The minor integrates the study of biology, philosophy, and psychology.


Peace and Conflict Studies (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Seeking to promote an understanding of the nature and dynamics of violent conflict and the conditions and practice of peace, this program provides structured study within specific content areas and prepares students for graduate study and careers in policy analysis, government, nongovernmental organizations, journalism, teaching, law, and business.

Pharmaceutical Science (COPHS) (Degree: MS)
This 30-credit-hour program leads to the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Five areas of emphasis are offered: pharmaceutics, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy administration, and clinical sciences.

Pharmacy (COPHS) (Degree: PharmD)
The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) program prepares students to become pharmacy practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills required to function as authorities on the use of medicines, and who can apply pharmaceutical and biomedical science to the practical problems of drug therapy. Practitioners are capable of contributing to the interdisciplinary delivery of primary healthcare and can function as drug therapy information resource specialists.

Philosophy (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Concerned with questions about the nature of the world and human existence, philosophy features rational investigation of the truths and principles of being, knowledge, or conduct. Students learn to critically assess information and arguments, communicate clearly, and think carefully about ethical decisions. Collectively, these skills help students in future graduate and professional education, and they are prized by employers.

Philosophy and Psychology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Philosophy and Religion (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Physician Assistant (PA) (COPHS) (Degree: MPAS)
This professional program leads to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. PAs are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine interdependently with physicians. Within that relationship, PAs exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. Their clinical role includes primary and specialty care, and their practice may include educational, research, and administrative activities.

Physics (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Physics seeks to understand the rules of nature that govern the universe. Butler’s program provides students with a solid academic foundation while at the same time allowing them to work closely with faculty on original research projects and student theses. The hands-on experience serves students well whether they're preparing to be an applied physicist or engineer in industry, a high school physics teacher, a physician, a patent lawyer, or a medical physicist.

Political Science (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Encompassing the theory and practice of politics, and the analysis of political systems and behavior, political science emphasizes studying ourselves, other peoples, and different ways of being and knowing; developing tolerance and empathy; and learning to use evidence and think critically. Graduates pursue positions in government, teaching, business, civil and international service, the nonprofit sector, journalism/communication, and graduate school.

Political Science and Psychology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)

Pre-Pharmacy (COPHS) (Major)

Students interested in pursuing pharmacy complete a Pre-Pharmacy Program for two years and then advance into the Professional Pharmacy Program for the next four years, earning a Doctorate in Pharmacy after completing the Professional Program. Students who enter the Pre-Pharmacy program are eligible for Auto-Advancement (a non-competitive process) into the Professional Phase as long as the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and completes the Professional Phase admission process.

Psychology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
Psychology is the science that studies human and animal behavior. The Butler program emphasizes both classroom instruction and hands-on participation in research projects. The knowledge and skills acquired through both of these activities are intended to prepare students for graduate study in psychology or related fields and to help them pursue careers in business, government, education, medical, or public-service settings.

Psychology and Anthropology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)

Public Accounting (LSB) (Degrees: BS, MPAcc)

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration (LAS) (Minor only)

Recreation and Sports Studies (COE) (Minor only)

This 18-hour minor is available to College of Education students and also open to all Butler University students regardless of their college or major field of study. The program is a collaboration with staff from other colleges as well as Butler's Health and Recreation Center.

Religion (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
The academic discipline of religion focuses on various religious traditions and literature and examinations of the nature of religion. The Butler religion major is a liberal arts degree that emphasizes basic skills of critical thinking, reading, and writing—skills that will serve graduates pursuing careers in business, government, or the nonprofit sector, or students attending professional schools.

Risk Management and Insurance (LSB) (Major or minor) (Degree: BS)
This program studies the effect of risks on individuals and organizations and how to properly evaluate and devise a plan for addressing risks with insurance and the various tools available to the modern risk manager. Graduates are prepared for careers in the insurance and financial services industry, as well as in risk management and employee benefits departments in large corporations, public entities, and nonprofit organizations.


School Counseling (COE) (Degree: MS)
Leading to a Master of Science in School Counseling, this 48-credit-hour program is designed to be completed in three years but also offers a fast-track option. The program, which is experiential and emphasizes a theory-to-practice-learning environment, is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.

Science, Technology, and Society (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
This interdisciplinary program studies the ways in which science and technology influence and are influenced by the society of which they are a part. Students gain perspectives and methods of research and problem solving that they can apply in their careers after graduation, including science communication; science, research, and regulatory policy; public health; and graduate studies in medicine, science, and technology.

Secondary Education
See Middle and Secondary Education

Sociology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
Sociology is the study of social life, social life change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. In addition to providing the sociology major, the Butler program also houses majors in criminology (study of crime and criminals); criminology and psychology (combined degree); sociology and criminology (combined degree); and a social work concentration that is oriented within both practice and theory.

Sociology and Criminology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Sociology and Psychology (LAS) (Major) (Degree: BA)
This combined degree offers elements of both disciplines.

Software Engineering (LAS) (Major) (Degrees: BA or BS)(3-year degree option)
Software engineering is the study of methods and practices for building and maintaining software systems, including requirements engineering, design, development, testing and quality assurance, and maintenance and re-engineering. Students begin by building a foundation in mathematical problem solving and programming, and also receive a solid background in computer science.

Spanish (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This major emphasizes the study of the Spanish language and cultures. A disciplined approach to languages, literatures, and cultures provides access to a broader global community, deepens one's engagement with other linguistic and cultural traditions, and teaches students to be sensitive and critical readers of cultural texts.

Special Education - Mild Intervention (COE) (Minor and licensure pathway)
This minor and licensure pathway focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for supporting students with disabilities and their families in educational contexts. Students learn how to assess and design programs for students receiving special education in courses and extensive field experiences. The Special Education - Mild Intervention minor is required for the Early Childhood licensure pathway. The minor and licensure pathway are available to Elementary and Middle Secondary majors. The minor is also open to Communication Sciences and Disorders majors. 

Sport Coaching (COE) (Minor only)
This 19-hour minor is available to all Butler University students regardless of their college or major field of study. Studies encompass the National Standards for Sports Coaches (2018) including philosophy, vision and goal setting, ethical practices, building relationships, inclusive and safe sport environments, practice and competition best practices, and assessment strategies.

Sports Media (CCOM) (Major) (Degree: BA)
A multidisciplinary program, sports media is for students interested in careers in the sports information, production, and media fields. The program covers the fundamentals of multimedia journalism and digital media production; hands-on education in sports journalism, media/information, sportscasting, and sports media production; and related cultural, legal, and economic issues.

Statistics (LAS) (Degrees: BA, BS)(3-year degree option)

Strategic Communication: PR and Advertising (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)
This program offers a fresh approach to the traditionally separate areas of public relations and advertising. Students complete the program with the essential balance of theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to create and deliver messages targeted to a wide array of audiences: media, employees, customers, legislators, investors, and the community.

Teacher of English Learners (COE) (Licensure pathway)
This licensure pathway focuses on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for supporting English learners and their families in educational contexts. Students learn how to assess and design programs for English learners in courses and extensive field experiences. It is available to Elementary and Middle Secondary education majors.

Theatre (JCA) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
The Butler theatre program offers rigorous training and innovative production work in the context of a liberal arts education. Students may specialize in one or more areas within theatre while also adding a secondary major or minor, studying abroad, and pursuing internships. The faculty of international professionals and guest artists foster learning through high quality course work, close mentorships, and a wide variety of production work including contemporary, classical, Shakespeare, devised, music theatre, children's theatre, and more.  

Web Design and Development (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)(3-year degree option)

Youth and Community Development (COE) (Major) (Degree: BS)
This major prepares students to be well-informed advocates for high-quality educational and outreach practices in community settings. In addition to 39 hours of professional education coursework, students select a concentration area to provide more in-depth knowledge. These areas include: Sociology with an emphasis in Social Work; Recreation and Sport Studies; Human Communication and Organizational Leadership; Arts Administration; and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Students who pursue this major are often interested in professional positions in museums, nonprofit youth organizations, educational policy roles, recreation and sports programs, and community centers.