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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.

Philosophy

Are you a puzzle solver? A debater. Social activist. Someone who questions meanings, or likes math, English, or history. If so, the rigorous thought and fun of studying Philosophy is for you. 

Religion

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.  

Ethics

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

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. 

Department Highlights

Travel Funds

Academic Travel Funds

Endowed travel funds allows Religion and Classics students to explore graduate school and participate in off-campus academic conferences, research, and service-learning across the United States and in such countries as India, Israel, and Palestine. 

Outside the Classroom

Join the lively discussions and social activities of our student clubs—one for each major. Meet other like-minded friends through Butler’s Center for Faith and Vocation and our PuLSE student volunteer center.