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Jordan Hall
Core Curriculum


Requirement Structure

Butler University was founded on the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusivity. The Social Justice and Diversity requirement reaffirms these founding principles. Students must take one course in any part of the University that exposes them to critical scholarship on the root causes of marginalization and inequity and how to counter it.

Learning Objectives

  • To 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.
  • To identify and explain the causes and impact of privilege, power, and oppression and cultivate tools for overcoming conflict and promoting equality.
  • To recognize and critique local, national, or global conditions that enable, perpetuate and/or challenge social injustice and inequity.

Learning Outcome used for Assessment

Students will become more aware of the presence and sources of injustices and will produce graduates better prepared to actively counter them.


Exemptions: None. The Social Justice & Diversity Requirement is in effect for all students, including first-year and transfer students, entering Butler University during the fall 2020 semester.



Social Justice and Diversity Panel Series

FOR FACULTY: SJD Panel Series features faculty across colleges and departments to discuss how disciplinary/departmental configurations shape and deliver knowledge. How do these configurations and priorities affect our ability to teach SJD? Can we imagine a more SJD-focused configuration? How do we get there?  


Friday, March 5, 2021 | 12-1 p.m.

"Departmental and Disciplinary Configurations and the SJD curriculum"

Moderator: Terri Carney, SJD Director

Panelists: Terri Jett (Political Science/LAS); Courtney Mohler (Theater/JCA); Ann Savage (Communication and Media Studies/CCOM); Irune del Rio Gabiola (Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures/LAS)


Friday, April 2, 2021 | 12-1 p.m.

"Configuring GHS: Departmental and disciplinary pathways to a strong SJD curriculum."

Moderator: Terri Carney, SJD Director

Panelists: Sholeh Shahrokhi (Director of GHS; History and Anthropology); Nermeen Mouftah (Philosophy, Religion and Classics); Robin Turner (Political Science); Ageeth Sluis (History and Anthropology)

Panelists represent the following areas of GHS: Postcolonial Studies: The Caribbean; Frontiers in Latin America; Resistance and Reaction: Colonialism and Post-Colonialism in Africa; Resistance and Rights: Global Women; Freedom and Movement in TransAtlantic World; and Modern Middle East and North Africa.


Friday, April 23, 12-1 p.m.

"Departmental and Disciplinary Configurations and the SJD curriculum"

Moderator: Terri Carney, SJD Director

Panelists: Vivian Deno (History/LAS); Lee Garver (English/LAS); India Johnson (Psychology/LAS); Chad Knoderer (Pharm. Practice/COPHS)


For Zoom Link Information and Questions: Contact the Core Office at 317-940-9480 or