History Program

Why Study History at Butler?

By studying the past, the discipline of history attempts to determine what lies behind the decisions and choices that have shaped all the cultures of the world.

The History experience Butler is one that provides a diverse perspective on the world and allows students necessary hands-on practice in the field.

A Well-Rounded Experience

The History major at Butler is relatively unstructured, allowing students to explore different disciplines in order to promote their understanding of the human experience. Students can study a broad range of regions including European, East Asian, Latin American, US, World History, as well as theories and methods of historians.

History at Butler is also distinctive because of its close relationship with the discipline of anthropology. Housed in a combined department, both historians and anthropologists explore common themes through such topics as Vietnam, Revolutions, or the Holocaust. Students in both disciplines learn  about the other’s methodologies, and now have the choice of a combined major in History and Anthropology, in addition to an Anthropology major or History major.

History at Butler works closely with other fields of study. Students in history are encouraged to explore classes, or even pursue double majors, in Political Science, International Studies, Classics, English, Religious Studies, and beyond to broaden their understanding of the human condition. Students also have the option of pursuing a History degree in three years.

Hands-On Opportunities

History students at Butler enjoy small classes and a close working relationship with their professors, including the opportunity to carry out hands-on archival research. Indianapolis is home to a rich collection of state and regional records as well as some of the best museums in the country. These all provide Butler History students with opportunities to practice their skills and knowledge outside the classroom. Other opportunities for experiential learning abound at Butler. Many History students elect to spend one or two semesters studying abroad in places ranging from China to England, to Mexico, and points in between.

Students also have the opportunity to be a part of Phi Alpha Theta, the History National Honor society, where they can present their work at regional and national conferences. The History department also has a partnership with the Indiana Historical Society, which provides two students a semester the opportunity to work in history collections and archives.

What Can I Do With A History Degree?

  • International Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Law
  • Newspaper, radio and television journalism
  • Record-keeping, archival services
  • Intelligence service
  • Libraries
  • Museum work
  • Market research
  • Teaching
  • Federal agency service
  • Information and research services
  • Planning commissions
  • Elected to office