Study the systems, institutions, and leaders that cause social change.
As a Political Science major at Butler, you will learn how to effect positive social change as an active and responsible citizen of your community, country, and world.
Pursue positive social change.
As a Political Science major at Butler, you will learn how to effect positive social change as an active and responsible citizen of your community, country, and world. Through internships, research, and community-based service learning, you will gain practical experience and empathetic understanding, working with organizations focused on policymaking, social justice, legal and human rights, poverty, and more.
You can immerse yourself in the culture and politics of other countries, during study abroad tours and fieldwork led by our faculty. You even have the option of completing your degree in three years.
Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts
Our Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts program (GALA) lets students travel to several locations over a semester, while taking a course with accompanying Butler faculty members, often Political Science instructors. Recent GALA groups have toured Europe, South Africa, and East Asia.
New York City Learning Semester
During the New York City Learning Semester, Butler students intern at places like the New York Rangers, Emmis Communications, Restaurant Associates, and more. In addition to their internships, students participate in designated experiential short courses and field trips. This program is only offered during the fall semesters.
Center for Citizenship and Community
All Butler undergraduates take at least one service-learning course involving active engagement with Indianapolis neighborhoods and community organizations. Our Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC) helps identify community partners, design courses, and foster student growth in civic mindedness.
We encourage students to undertake internships during their time at Butler. Our location in Indiana’s capital offers you a wide range of internship opportunities in the State House and in political/social justice activism. Students have interned with the Democratic and Republican party caucuses in the Indiana legislature; the Mayor’s Office and more.