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Political Science

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. 

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

Hands-On Experience

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.

Butler Distinctions

Scott Nemeth

Graduate Success

Our 2013 graduate Scott Nemeth has conferred with military and diplomatic officials as a Senate Staffer in the Office of U.S. Senator Dan Coats, and he is now Military Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congressman David Valadao (CA-21). As a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth, Josie Villaneuva ’11 focuses on health care, judiciary, and housing issues. Other graduates work with such organizations as Center for American Progress, Angie’s List, Citizen Action Coalition, the Immigrant Welcome Center, Martin Luther King Center, and the Peace Corps. Some are pursuing advanced degrees in such fields as non-profit management and public administration, political science, international peace and diplomacy, and law.

Hadeel Said and Chuey Garcia

Supportive, Expert Faculty

Nationally and internationally recognized experts in political science, our faculty mentor students in research collaborations and advise them on careers, sharing their prior experience in such fields as public administration, community activism, the not-for-profit sector, and journalism.

Study Abroad

Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts

GALA—our Global Adventures in the Liberal Arts program—lets student 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 South Africa, Europe, and East Asia.

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Semester in D.C.

Butler students have interned in The White House, State Department, Amnesty International, and numerous other sites during the Washington, D.C. Learning Semester. Participants also take for-credit classes in foreign policy and the history and public art of Washington.

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Semester in New York City

Our first ever participants in the New York City Learning Semester are living in NYC, working hard, and having a great time! We have students with the New York Rangers, Emmis Communications, Restaurant Associates, and more. The College of Education is also onboard with three student teachers doing full-time teaching work. You can be a part of the program in Fall 2019.

The New York City Learning Semester is a new companion to our successful Washington D.C. program. This new program will be for Fall semesters only.

Center for Citizenship and Community

Center for Citizenship and Community (CCC)

All Butler undergraduates take at least one service-learning course involving active engagement with Indianapolis neighborhoods and community organizations. The CCC helps identify community partners, design courses, and foster student growth in civic mindedness.