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.

For a list of approved events, please check the BCR calendar. The BCR calendar is updated throughout the semester. Please check back regularly for new events.

Requirement Structure

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.


No Exemption

All JCA students have arts events attendance requirements regardless of area of study; this includes primary majors and secondary majors, but not students who are pursuing only a JCA minor. Effective spring 2016, students pursuing a primary or secondary major in JCA have fulfilled the University BCR requirement by completing the arts events attendance requirements as required by their area of study in JCA.

Receiving BCR Credit

When attending a BCR event, students must either scan a QR code or retrieve a tinyURL which automatically captures their attendance. QR codes/URLs are unique, event-specific and timed. Only students attending a specific event may claim credit, and students must attend the entire event to receive credit.

In past semesters, students would “scan in” and also “scan out” to receive BCR credit. Now, the QR code or tinyURL will be made available during the event by the event host—at the beginning, middle or end.

Note: There are no alternative make-up options for those missing BCRs preventing graduation.

NOTE: If you mark yourself as attended outside of a BCR event timeline, your attendance credit will not register in your my.butler.edu student record. Additionally, if claiming BCR credit for two concurrent events, both credits will be marked invalid.

Disability-Related Accommodations for Events

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit butler.edu/academic-services/disability/event-accommodations.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question that is not answered here, please contact the Core Curriculum Office and we will be happy to assist you further!