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Psychology Department


As a Butler Psychology major, you’ll be part of a department big enough to pursue research that matters, but also small enough to provide our students individual attention and mentoring from full-time faculty. Applying what you learn in statistics and research methods courses, you’ll have opportunities to plan, execute, present, and publish research, rather than just read about it.

And you’ll graduate with a great foundation in psychology. By department average, our seniors routinely scores at the 97th percentile on the Major Field Test in Psychology, a national assessment of professional knowledge.

About two-thirds of Butler Psychology students apply to graduate or professional school, and more than more than 95 percent of them are accepted by at least one doctoral- or masters-level program. Our alumni hold successful careers in psychology, health care, law, and service-related professions such as pharmaceutical research and development, computer services, non-profit organizations, human resources, education, and advertising).


The Indianapolis Zoo, Children’s Museum, and area hospitals are just a few of the local service organizations where our students complete internships, gaining practical knowledge and experience in working directly with community populations. 

Create Knowledge

Over the past decade, Butler Psychology majors have presented hundreds of papers and posters at national professional conferences. The department regularly funds student travel to conferences, where our majors network with representatives of leading graduate schools, and hear presentations by world experts.

Butler Distinctions

Majors and Minors

In addition to our Psychology major and minor, Butler offers combined majors through which you can complete 30 hours each in Psychology and another discipline, such as Anthropology, Criminology, Philosophy, Political Science, or Sociology (specializing in social work and social policy).

Psychology Research

Research with Faculty

Nearly 80 percent of our Psychology majors have participated in at least one collaborative research project with a faculty member over the past five years. Research topics have included elephant behavior, the relationship of emotions and memory, positive aging, moods and conflict reduction. 

Pre-law and Pre-med

Not all Psychology majors are interested in a career in mental health services. Some recent graduates have pursued post-graduate study in law school, medical school, or other health-related specialties (e.g., physical therapy, physician assistant programs, or veterinary school).