Political scientists study the systems, institutions, popular movements, and leaders that cause social change. They use their skills in gathering evidence, critical thinking, communication, and political engagement in a wide range of professions, from law, government, community organizing, and humanitarian service to international business and environmental protection.
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.
Creative, Comprehensive Curriculum
Along with foundational courses covering U.S. and international politics, you can take innovative courses on community mediation, civil rights, peace and conflict, gender, geopolitical hotspots like China and the Middle East, even politics through the lens of humor or The Hunger Games.
Our location in Indiana’s capital offers you a wide range of internship opportunities in the State House and in political/social justice activism. Our students have also interned in the nation’s capital through Butler’s Washington, DC Learning Semester and participated in national conferences of the Progressive Congress’s Strategy Summit and Model United Nations.