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We recommend you utilize Class Search as you prepare for your advising appointment. 

Remember that as a requirement of Butler's Core Curriculum, all first-year students, regardless of major, are required to enroll in a First Year Seminar both fall and spring semesters. The Areas of Inquiry are intended to be distributed across all four years, rather than be concentrated solely in the first and second years. 

Core Curriculum courses are in high demand, so we carefully manage enrollment to ensure that Butler's commitment to small class sizes is maintained. We also balance available seats between current and incoming Butler students as well as across all the New Student Registration days. This means only a select number of seats will be open and available for incoming student enrollment at each registration day. Be sure to select multiple options and keep an open mind towards course selection in the Core Curriculum.

Lacy School of Business

The first experiential learning course in the Lacy School of Business is the Freshman Business Experience (EI 101). It should be taken in the first year and is offered both fall and spring semesters. 

Business Calculus (MA 125) is required for LSB students and may be taken in either the fall or spring semester. Students desiring to take a higher level math course may take Calculus and Analytic Geometry (MA 106) in place of MA 125. Placement exam results will determine whether students should take algebra (MA 101) before taking the MA 125 or MA 106. Students who are required to start with MA101 should enroll in the course fall semester.

Visit the Lacy School of Business website for more information. 

College of Communication

The College of Communication graduation requirements for all students include:

  • COM101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition, basic public speaking
  • SW266 Media Literacy
  • Communication & Culture, course selected from approved list
  • Foreign Language, six credit hours at the 200 level or above
  • 2nd major, or minor, or Concentration (Concentration = 12 credits)

As a first-year student, you are strongly advised to enroll in a foreign language; students take a placement exam to determine the appropriate course level. Further information about the foreign language requirement can be found here.

Most first-year students also take COM101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition and SW266 Media Literacy.

Depending on your major, below you will find a selection of introductory courses to consider: 

Communication Sciences & Disorders (CSD) Department 
   CSD231 Introduction to Communication Sciences & Disorders

Communication & Media Studies (CMS) Department
Major: Critical Communication and Media Studies(CCM)
SW266 Media Literacy
   COM101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition (public speaking)

Major: Human Communication and Organizational Leadership (ORG)
COM101 Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition (public speaking)
   ORG253 Interpersonal Communication
   ORG270 Organizational Communication

Entertainment Media & Journalism (EMJ) Department

Major: Digital Media Production (DMP) 
   CME102 Media Aesthetics and Basic Studio Production
   CME106 Survey of Digital Media

Major: Journalism (JR)
JR112 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting
   JR113 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism
Major: Music Industry Studies (MI) 
   MI107 Music Skills for Industry Professionals
   MI109 Survey of the Music Industry
   MI201 Audio Production

Major: Sports Media (SPM)
SPM101 Introduction to Sports Media
   JR112 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting
   JR113 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Major: Web Design & Development (WDD)  
CME106 Survey of Digital Media

Strategic Communication: Public Relations & Advertising (STR) Department
   STR128 Promotional Writing I

Exploratory: Communication
   Select from any of the courses above.

Visit the College of Communication website for more information. 

College of Education

First-year students will be enrolled in at least two College of Education courses.

Education students are encouraged to take a placement exam in the foreign language(s) that you studied during high school if you plan to minor, major or pursue a teaching license in a particular foreign language; however there is not a foreign language requirement in the College of Education. 

If you plan to teach chemistry, take the chemistry placement exam as well.

Visit the College of Education website for more information. 

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

All Liberal Arts and Sciences students are required to take a foreign language. You may choose to continue in a language you have taken in high school or start from the beginning in a new language. If you plan to enroll in a language that you have already studied, you will need to complete a placement exam before you attend New Student Registration. If you plan to begin a new language, a placement exam is not required. Further information about the foreign language requirement can be found here.

The Core Curriculum includes six Areas of Inquiry that focus on distinct areas of study. You are exempt from the Area of Inquiry that includes your major since you will already be studying that area in depth through your major courses: 

Exempt from Analytical Reasoning: Actuarial Science; Computer Science; Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP); Mathematics; Software Engineering; Statistics

Exempt from The Social World: Anthropology; Criminology; Criminology & Psychology; Economics; Environmental Studies; Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies; International Studies; Peace and Conflict Studies; Philosophy & Psychology; Political Science; Political Science & Psychology; Psychology; Psychology & Anthropology; Science, Technology, & Society; Sociology; Social Work and Psychology

Exempt from The Natural World: Astronomy & Astrophysics; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Engineering Dual Degree Program (EDDP); Physics

Exempt from Texts and Ideas: Chinese; Classics; English; French; German; History; History & Anthropology; History & Political Science; Multilingual; Philosophy; Philosophy & Religion; Religion; Spanish

Visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences website for more information. 

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

In preparation for advising and enrollment during New Student Registration:

Take All Appropriate Placement Exams​
All COPHS students need to take a chemistry placement exam. Everyone considering a foreign language course should also take the respective language exam to determine proper course placement. Some students may also need to take a math placement exam, depending on standardized test scores. It is critical that these exams be completed prior to your attendance at New Student Registration as the results will determine which classes you may or may not enroll in.

Examine Potential Course Options
Most students in COPHS majors will enroll in 15-18 credit hours per semester. 

  • All first year students must take First Year Seminar (FYS). 
  • All COPHS students will take general Chemistry*. CH 105 or CH 107 in the fall, depending on placement exam results.
  • All pre-pharmacy majors will take PX 100 Exploring Pharmacy in the fall.
  • All health science majors will take either BSHS 110 Introduction to Healthcare or PE 128 Introduction to Health Education first semester. Whichever class is not taken in the fall will be taken in the spring. DO NOT enroll in both in the fall.
  • All healthcare and business majors will take BSHS 100 Introduction to Healthcare in either the fall or spring first year.
  • All COPHS students should take Biology first year, either in the fall or the spring semester. BI 105 Cell Biology* is the typical course taken. Any health science major who is also Pre-Med or Pre-Dental should not take a Biology course in the Fall semester. Rather BI 210/220 will be taken in the Spring semester.
  • Pre-pharmacy students should take MA 106 Calculus* some time during the first year, either in the fall or the spring. Take biology one semester, calculus the other.
  • Healthcare and business majors take MA 125, Business Calculus, preferably in the fall.
  • Identify other Core Curriculum classes of interest such as those in the areas of Perspective in the Creative Arts, Text and Ideas*, Physical Well Being, or Social World* (health science majors specifically take psychology or sociology).    

*  Courses that have the potential to be satisfied by using AP, IB, or dual credit from high school. 

Visit the College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences website for more information. 

Jordan College of the Arts

To prepare for your advising appointment, JCA students should:

Take all appropriate placement exams:

  • All required placement exams will be on your “To Do List’ in My.Butler.
  • Music majors must also complete a Music Theory placement exam. Details about this exam are sent via email and US Mail in early spring. 
  • Dance and Music majors will be scheduled to complete a brief keyboard placement test on the day of registration. Notification of your scheduled time will come via email in the days prior to your confirmed registration date.
  • While there is not a foreign language requirement in the Jordan College of the Arts, if you plan to continue study of any foreign language(s), you will need to complete a placement exam in that particular foreign language.

Review potential topics for First Year Seminar and additional Core Curriculum courses:

  • Please understand that required courses in your major may limit your options.
  • Prepare to be flexible and consider several topics.

Music majors: Ensemble courses will be assigned following placement auditions during Welcome Week.


Please visit the Jordan College of the Arts website for more information. 

Exploratory Studies

All Exploratory Studies students are encouraged to take LC 103-Exploratory Studies, a 2-credit hour academic and career exploration class. Decision-making, self-assessment, academic options, and career planning are the foundational components of this course.

In addition to taking this class, we encourage Exploratory Studies students to select a variety of Core Curriculum classes that can introduce academic fields of study in which to major, minor, or study as an elective. Many students have taken Core Curriculum classes that sparked their interest and led to declaring a major or minor.

Exploratory Studies students also enroll in introductory classes that majors offer.  Some of the many introductory classes that can assist in your exploration include:

  • CH 105-General Chemistry
  • CS 142-Introduction to Computer Science & Programming
  • ED 112-Introduction to the Profession of Teaching
  • EI 101-First-Year Business Experience
  • SW 200-Understanding Society (sociology, Core class)
  • SW 250-Psychological Inquiry (psychology, Core class)
  • SW 266-Media Literacy (communication, Core class)

Taking a language may also be a good option for you as you begin your academic journey.  The majority of majors at Butler require  you to take two semesters of a 200-level course or higher in the same language. When you meet with your advisor, he/she will tell you where you placed based on the results of any language placement exams you completed. You can also elect to try a language that you haven't taken before. If you choose to start a new language, you do not need to take a placement exam. Butler offers classes in American Sign Language, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Latin, and Spanish.

Visit the Exploratory Studies website for more information. 

Honors Program

While you are not required to take an honors seminar course during your first year at Butler, many elect to enroll in HN110, Honors First Year Seminar I, during the fall semester and HN111, Honors First Year Seminar II, during the spring semester. This two-semester sequence will allow you to fulfill the Core Curriculum's First Year Seminar (FYS) requirement while also earning credit for one honors seminar. (You must complete both semesters of the course in order to earn credit for one honors seminar.)

You will be able to choose among several different versions of this course, so consult with your academic advisor to determine which version best suits your intellectual interests and schedule. If you decide that you do not want to enroll in HN110-HN111 for any reason, rest assured that you will have plenty of time to complete your honors seminar requirements by taking HN200 and HN300 seminars throughout your time as an undergraduate student. 

This guide will give you more specifics about beginning the Honors Program as a first year student.