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Butler University's Core Curriculum

Included in the New Student Registration packet you received from Butler is information about Butler's innovative, interdisciplinary Core Curriculum. Please read this information thoroughly so you arrive with a basic understanding of the requirements. Throughout the day, you will receive additional information about the Core during the general session, meetings with your college or department, and during your academic advising appointment.

Here are some important points to keep in mind. Every first year student will enroll in a First Year Seminar both fall and spring semesters (FYS101 in fall and FYS102 in spring). Global and Historical Studies courses are taken in the sophomore year. Expect to take courses from most 'Areas of Inquiry' across all four years. Generally, Texts and Ideas is taken in the sophomore year once First Year Seminar has been completed.

Core Curriculum courses are in high demand, so we carefully manage enrollment to ensure that Butler's commitment to small class sizes is maintained. We also balance available seats between current and incoming Butler students as well as across all nine New Student Registration days. This means only a select number of seats will be open and available for incoming student enrollment at each registration day. Be sure to select multiple options and keep an open mind towards course selection in the Core Curriculum.

If you are using the online course search to look up availability in classes, understand that the seats may not show as open until just before advising appointments begin the afternoon of each registration day.