Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Are you curious about faith and world religions, classic literature and languages, or philosophy’s "big questions" about life? Do you want to know how these long-evolving disciplines connect with today’s society and a variety of professional and academic fields? The three regular majors, three combined majors, and Ethics minor offered in Butler’s Philosophy, Religion, and Classics department will develop your understanding by immersion in the humanities and ideas that have shaken up the planet.
Through internships, faculty-guided research, study abroad, and other hands-on learning, our students sharpen their abilities in critical reasoning, decision-making, speaking, and writing. Our graduates have gone on to be attorneys, pastors, and musicians, and more. Or entered graduate studies in such areas as geography, ministry, medicine, or public health.
In Butler’s urban setting, Religion majors can meet and learn from practitioners of many world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—opening them to the rich diversity in belief and non-belief.
Ethical choices influence many human activities and professions. Our Ethics minor complements various majors and careers ranging from law and medicine to government and business. Ethics also helps you find your way in life.
Classics majors get to uncover artifacts of ancient Rome and Greece and see where these influential cultures began, during our annual overseas archaeological dig. Courses focus on Latin and Greek language, literature, theatre, and philosophy.