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)
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)
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 health care to education and business.
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.
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
Critical Communication and Media Studies (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
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.
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.
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.)
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)
The elementary education program prepares students for teaching and instructional leadership. By completing the program, elementary education majors meet state course requirements for licensure in K-6. The program includes minors in early childhood, English as a new language, reading teacher, special education, and recreation and sports studies.
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.
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)
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.
English as a New Language (COE) (Minor only)
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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
Health Care Management (LSB) (Minor only)
This minor provides a foundation in the health care delivery system, health care economics, and insurance principles. Students can gain additional expertise in the health care 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 BS in Health Sciences program serves as a prerequisite to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Students who complete the degree and other requirements will be granted direct admission into the Physician Assistant program. In encouraging discernment in the health professions, the program fulfills most prerequisites for other health professions if a student is unable to gain direct admission or chooses not to advance into the PA program.
History (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degrees: BA, MA)
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.
Human Communication & Organizational Leadership (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
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.
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)
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)
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)
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); mathematics; science (life sciences/biology, chemistry, physics); and social studies, as well as minors in English as a new Language and Recreation and Sports Studies.
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.)
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)
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 health care and can function as drug therapy information resource specialists.
Philosophy (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
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.
Physician Assistant (PA) (COPHS) (Degree: MPAS)
This professional program leads to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree. PAs are health care 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)
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)
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.
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.
Public Accounting (LSB) (Degrees: BS, MPAcc)
Recording Industry Studies (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
Students interested in music and audio transform their talents into marketable skills within this program, which provides creative preparation, specialized skills, access to world-class studios, and professional-level experience. In addition to learning production techniques for multiple media (film, television, online), students are introduced to all facets of the industry including media law, publishing, and promotion.
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)
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)
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.
Sociology (LAS) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
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.
Software Engineering (LAS) (Major) (Degrees: BA or BS)
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)
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.
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.
Strategic Communication: PR and Advertising (CCOM) (Major or minor) (Degree: BA)
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.
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.