History, Anthropology & Classics
Engage with the past.
Learn to think critically in an increasingly global world.
This program stands alone.
In Butler History, Anthropology, and Classics courses, you will learn about citizenship, politics, war, gender, race, class, sexuality, language, economics, religion, art and architecture, and many other things. Our study of History works to contextualize past events and understand their relevance for the present as well as the future. In a similar fashion, Cultural Anthropology explores present-day human practices and events to grasp how people organize themselves socially and create meaningful lives.
Butler has the only undergraduate department in the United States that integrates cultural anthropology and history in its curricula, connecting common topics, research methods, and theories—much like graduate studies do. Our students learn to think critically and write effectively. Most study away from Butler, either abroad or in Washington, DC, gaining a taste of our increasingly global world. With a History, Anthropology, or Classics degree, you’ll be equipped to carefully investigate issues and creatively solve problems on your own—essential skills for many career directions and graduate studies.
Butler’s Indianapolis location offers ready access for internships and other hands-on learning experiences with such institutions as the Indiana State Museum, Indiana State Archives, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Indiana Historical Society, as well as area non-profits.
Want to research historical records in a British archive, or dig for artifacts in an archaeological field site in Greece? Would you like to do anthropological field research at sites in Latin America, Africa, or the Caribbean?
Butler’s combined History/Anthropology major lets you focus your studies on distinct global geographical areas of your choice. We also offer combined majors in History/Political Science, History/Classics, Anthropology/Religion, and Anthropology/Psychology.
Washington, DC Semester
Spend a semester living, earning credits, and interning in the nation’s capital through our Washington, DC, Learning Semester. Butler participants have interned with the Smithsonian Museums, the White House, Congress, Amnesty International, and many more organizations.