Core Curriculum

Frequently Asked Questions for the Butler Cultural Requirement


What is the Butler Cultural Requirement?  

Butler University has a rich set of cultural activities in the form of artistic performances, seminars and public lectures that collectively comprise one of our most remarkable educational resources. The aim of the Butler Cultural Requirement is to engage students in these most valuable and exciting learning opportunities, and to encourage students to develop habits of participation in artistic and cultural events that will lead to lifelong engagement with the creative arts and public intellectual life.


How many BCR events do I need to attend before I graduate?

Beginning with students entering in fall 2010, all Butler students must attend eight or more BCR events as part of their graduation requirements. Transfer students must complete at least one BCR credit for each semester enrolled at Butler University. 


I transferred into Butler-how many credits do I need?

Transfer students need one credit for each semester they are a Butler student.  If you transfer in at the start of your sophomore year, for example, you will need to attend 6 BCR events. 


How do I know which events carry BCR credit?

Click here for the list of BCR events. And look on posted flyers for this symbol:

 BCR image


How do I receive credit for attending a BCR event?

At each event, students should look for the BCR student staff wearing the vest with the BCR symbol. In order to receive BCR credit for attending the event, students must have their ID card scanned by the BCR representative prior to the start of the event. It is the student's responsibility to attend the entire event. Each student may only scan their own ID card. If a student has not had their ID card scanned within this time period, they will not receive credit for the event.


What if I forget to have my ID card scanned before the event?

Students will receive credit for attending the BCR event only if their ID card is scanned prior to the start of the event.  If a scan is absent, the student will not receive credit for the event.


How will I know how many events I have attended?

In addition to keeping track of the number of attended events, the online graduation audit will indicate the number of events you have attended.  Please click here for instructions on how to track the number of events you have attended.  Attendance may take 4-6 weeks to appear online.


How many events can I attend in a semester?

There is no limit to the number of events you attend in one semester.  The key is to receive credit for attending eight events prior to your graduation.


I am a student in JCA and have expectations to attend artistic and cultural events.  What's the connection?

Students in JCA also must fulfill those requirements.  Some BCR events will be the same as events you are expected to attend for JCA-you may use that one event to count for both.  Please keep in mind, though, that you will need to have your ID card swiped before and after the event by BCR staff in order to receive BCR credit.  For Jordan College of Fine Arts' students, please check with the department of your major.


How do I know what events I should attend?

The great variety of cultural, artistic, and intellectual events will provide you plenty of opportunities to learn and enjoy.  Attend events that are both interesting to you and challenge you, attend events in areas you know something about, and areas in which you'd like to learn more.  Use this graduation requirement as a chance to learn, explore, be challenged, think, listen, and appreciate the richness of the Butler community.

What if I did not complete the BCR?

If you did not attend enough BCR events before the end of the your final semester at Butler, you will need to make up the number of events you missed.  To make up a BCR event, please click on this link.


How do I receive disability-related accommodations for events?

To request  disability-related accommodations or inquire about accessibility,please contact Laura Daily at or at 317-940-9480.   Please allow  two  weeks advance notice  in order to allow  adequate time to make arrangements. Although attempts will be made to honor accommodation requests with less notice,it cannot be guaranteed that without two weeks notice a reasonable accommodation can be provided.

Event coordinators need to contact Student Disability Services at 317-940-9308 or in Jordan Hall 136 to discuss all accommodation requests and accessibility questions in order to help ensure they are properly addressed.