At the CORE of Our Changing World

Many colleges and universities expect their students to complete a variety of courses in particular disciplines, exposing them to fields such as psychology, biology, or literature. At Butler University, we think it's more important to consider what we want our students to learn, and then design a core curriculum to meet those goals in our changing world. Helping Butler students build the capacity to think critically and develop enthusiasm for the life of the mind are the most important goals of the Core.

At Butler University, we think it's vital that our students gain both depth and breadth of knowledge and experience on their way to becoming a liberally educated person. In our Core, we champion pedagogies that reflect the ideals, goals and practices of liberal education. We believe that how we engage students in Core courses is, in the long run, as critical as what we teach our students. We know that cultural diversity is a key component of our world, and so in our Core, we ask our students to think about themselves as members of both this community and the world. We hope that our graduates, through their work in the Core and in their major fields of study, develop the capacity for clear, effective, and critical communication, and come to appreciate beauty. We believe, finally, that one of the most valuable features of our Core education is to instill in our students both the capacity and the desire to continue learning, so that they can be at the core of our changing world.

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For administrative support for Butler's Core Curriculum, please contact Laura Daily at

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Administrative Specialist:
Laura Cobb
(317) 940-9480