Core Curriculum

Additional Core Requirements

Writing Across the Curriculum Requirement (W) ~ Show Requirements

Requirement Structure: Students must take one course at or above the 300-level in any part of the University that provides opportunities for formal and informal writing, with opportunities for revision. The course must be taken after the student has attained junior standing at the University. Courses meeting Writing across the Curriculum requirements will be designated with a "W" suffix.

Learning Objectives:

  • To refine habits conducive to good writing developed at earlier stages in core education and education in the major.
  • To use writing both as a tool for learning and as a means for communicating about ideas within a discipline or profession.

Speaking Across the Curriculum Requirement (C) ~ Show Requirements

Requirement Structure: Students must take one course at or above the 300-level in any part of the University that provides opportunities for formal oral communications assignments. Courses meeting the speaking across the curriculum requirement are designated with a "C" suffix.

Learning Objectives:

  • To develop oral communications skills in the context of course- and discipline-specific materials.
  • To use oral communications assignments to aid students in mastery of course- and discipline-specific content.

Exemptions: The Speaking across the Curriculum Requirement is suspended for students matriculating between Fall 2010 and Spring 2012.

Butler Cultural Community Requirement (BCR) ~ Show Requirements

Requirement Structure: Students must attend a total of eight cultural events in the Butler community. Ideally these will be spread out over their time at Butler, but this is not required.

Learning Objectives

  • To discover that some of the most valuable and exciting learning opportunities at Butler take place outside the classroom.
  • To develop habits of participation in artistic and cultural events that will lead to lifelong engagement within the creative arts and public intellectual life.

Indianapolis Community Requirement (I) ~ Show Requirements

Requirement Structure: Students must take one course in any part of the University that involves active engagement with the Indianapolis community.

Learning Objectives:

  • To have an active learning experience that integrates classroom knowledge with activities in the Indianapolis community.
  • To use an experience in Indianapolis to further the individual student's understanding of the nature of community and the relationship between community and his or her self.
  • To further students' commitment to service and ongoing involvement as community actors.