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Butler Cultural Requirement

“Eight Before You Graduate”

Overview

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.

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 with in the creative arts and public intellectual life.

Learning Outcomes used for Assessment

  • Students will attend artistic and cultural events at Butler intended to enrich their overall academic experience.

Corresponding University Outcomes

  • Students will explore various ways of knowing in the humanities, social and natural sciences, quantitative and analytic reasoning, and creative arts (Cognitive—“know”).
  • Students will be exposed to the value of lifelong learning (Affective—“value”).

Receiving BCR Credit

At each event, students should look for the BCR student staff wearing the vest with the BCR symbol.

  • You must stay for the ENTIRE event, including Q&A, to receive credit.
  • You must BOTH "scan in" AND "scan out" to receive credit for a BCR event.
  • You MUST use your Butler ID to have your event attendance recorded—no ID, no credit, no exceptions.
  • BCR events will appear in your audit within 48 hours of the event. Get in the habit of checking your audit regularly!
  • Appeals on event attendance not recorded on the audit must be made within one week of the event.  Please send appeals to bcr@butler.edu.

Instructions on how to track the number of events you have attended. 

Disability-Related Accommodations for Events

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

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:

Butler Cultural Requirement

What if I forget to have my ID card scanned before or after an event?

If a student forgets to bring their ID or to have their ID card scanned, they will not receive credit for the event. Both a scan in and a scan out must be present in order to receive credit.  Tickets, class assignments, eyewitnesses or other proof of attendance cannot be used in lieu of a scan with ID. Students MUST use their Butler ID to have their event attendance recorded - no ID, no credit, no exceptions.

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.

How do I receive disability-related accommodations for events?

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

I am a student in JCA, is there an 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.