An interdisciplinary program of your own design.
Butler is one of the few Midwestern schools to offer an International Studies major, examining global relationships through both social science and the humanities.
Explore the systems that drive our contemporary world.
In the International Studies major, students learn about the economic, political, cultural, even religious systems that drive our world and draw connections between social issues in the local community and in national and global settings. Our faculty educate on the appropriate social scientific methods to compile and interpret data about challenging issues, and how to present your findings in research projects, papers or conferences.
With this broad range of knowledge and skills, our graduates find professional success in government, international organizations, journalism, international consulting, international business, education, community development, and human rights work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The degree, also available as a three-year program, can also be your foundation for graduate studies in law; international relations; social sciences such as anthropology, history, political science, and sociology; public policy and public administration; and more.
I finished my years at Butler prepared for the career I always wanted.
“The international studies program equipped me with the knowledge and skills to succeed in graduate school and beyond. The International Studies Program also provided a once-in-a-lifetime chance to spend a semester in Washington, DC, at the American Federation of Teachers.” —Taylore Fox ’16
Take your studies abroad.
Assisted by Butler’s Center for Global Education, many International Studies majors earn credits while living and interning in other cities and countries. Other options for travel and study include Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts and the Washington, DC, Learning Semester
Internships provide students with hands-on experience and a good sense of what an actual job in the organization will be like. Student are able to relate the internship experience to the knowledge they have gained through classroom instruction. [text button] Apply what you’ve learned in class.
The Indiana Council on Foreign Relations and The Alliance Française of Indianapolis are among the local organizations that International Studies partners with, giving students access to their lively educational, social, and cultural programming.