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Core Curriculum

CORE Faculty FAQ

How can I teach a Core curriculum course?

The process for proposing new courses or course revisions is currently under review. More information will be available this fall 2020. Questions: Contact the Core Office at 317-940-9480 or core@butler.edu.

What are the Social Justice and Diversity guidelines?

Social Justice and Diversity (henceforth SJD) courses must meet all three of the following student learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize multiple and intersecting dimensions of identity and inequity through the study of critical scholarship on the historical, cultural, political, and/or social experiences of marginalized communities.
  2. Identify and explain the causes and impact of privilege, power, and oppression and cultivate tools for overcoming conflict and promoting equality.
  3. Recognize and critique local, national, or global conditions that enable, perpetuate and/or challenge social injustice and inequity.

A designator for courses of 3 credit hours or more, SJD courses may also fulfill other core curriculum requirements, such as FYS and ICR.

Completing one SJD course will become a graduation requirement for the next cohort of incoming students after a sufficient number of courses are available to meet student need.

How do I propose a Social Justice and Diversity course?

The process for proposing new courses or course revisions is currently under review. More information will be available this fall 2020. Questions: Contact the Core Office at 317-940-9480 or core@butler.edu.

Where can I find information about Core Curriculum policies and procedures?

You can find documents related to core curriculum policies and procedures at Butler University in the Policy Documents found in our institutional repository.

The Core Curriculum Operating Manual contains updated information about the mission of each area, the constitution and duties of advisory committees and provides implementation information for both curriculum development and assessment. Information of special importance to advisors, including policies regarding exemptions, variances and transfer credits are also included.

What is the Core Curriculum Worksheet?

The Core Curriculum Worksheet is a tool that can be used when advising students about the Core Curriculum.

Are there any exemptions for Core Curriculum requirements?

How does my advisee apply for a Core variance?

Your advisee will need to complete a Core Variance Form. This form is only for courses taken at Butler. Please use a Core Transfer Course Approval Form (found on the Registration and Records website) for courses taken elsewhere.

Is there funding available to help defray costs of special experiences for my students in one of my Core classes?

Yes, Course Enhancement Grants provide up to $200 toward a co-curricular experience for students relevant to the Core course. Download the application.

Where can I find out more information about Assessfest and core curriculum assessment?

See the Assessfest FAQ for more information about this topic.

How can a faculty member or student propose a BCR event?

Instructions on how to propose a BCR event can be found on a separate page. There is also an FAQ with guidelines on and SLOs for the BCR requirement that will help you evaluate whether the event you have in mind is likely to be approved to count towards the Butler Cultural Requirement.