Skip to main content
Jordan Hall
Core Curriculum

Butler Cultural Requirement

“Eight Before You Graduate”


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.


Receiving BCR Credit


During the fall 2020 semester, Butler University pilots a new system for collecting BCR event attendance information. Designed to improve the student experience, the new process provides students with real-time attendance confirmations managed, in part, by Engage, already in use by many student organizations on campus.

Students must scan a QR code or retrieve a URL provided at events using a personal smartphone, directing students to an online portal with prompts to register attendance. Only students attending a specific event may claim credit. QR codes/URLs are unique, event-specific and timed.

In the past, students would “scan in” and “scan out” to receive BCR credit. Now, the QR code or tinyURL will be made available during the event – at the beginning, middle or end – and students will be provided time to scan with a smartphone. It is understood that students will attend the entire event.

While students will receive an electronic notification that an event credit has been recorded, it is highly recommended that students check their BCR audit in periodically to assure correct postings. It may take 48 hours for the event attendance to register to an academic record following an event.

As a pilot program, event hosts will have a back-up plan for recording attendance should there be an identified issue with the system. Since the system will provide real-time attendance confirmation, we appreciate students providing feedback by alerting the event host AND contacting the Core Curriculum office at, so we may refine the process.

There are no alternative make-up options to make up for missing BCRs preventing you from graduating. 

BCR I'm Here

Disability-Related Accommodations for Events

For accessibility information or to request disability-related accommodations, please visit

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.

For more information, see BCR FAQs.

How do I register my attendance?

For in-person events, you need a personal smart device to register attendance. Look for a posted QR code. Scan the QR code, sign-in using your Butler Credentials, and your attendance is automatically captured.

For livestreamed events, watch for a posted TinyURL on a slide or in a chat. This may appear either at the beginning, middle or end of the event. Go to the link, sign-in using your Butler Credentials, and your attendance is automatically captured. In some instances, students may already be signed into the system and are automatically registered. Look for a small blue confirmation bar at the bottom of the screen.

Earn BCR Credits

For more information, see BCR FAQs.