Categories of Engaged Learning
To achieve the status of Engaged Scholar, a student must satisfy five of the following nine categories. At least two of these categories must include a significant off-campus component:
- Service Learning: Satisfy requirements in a designated service-learning class, or a service-learning project that meets the SL designation criteria within a non-designated course. A 'service-learning course' means: significant on-site community involvement intentionally linked to the course content; preparation and reflection on the service experience; the service is for the purpose of community engagement and learning, not primarily for the development of personal or job-related skills; and, the experience is mutually beneficial to community partners and students.
- Significant Co-Curricular Activity: A substantial semester-long or year-long commitment to a university-sponsored activity or program, such as the speech and debate team, literary journal, the student newspaper, a music showcase, etc.
- Independent Research Accompanied by a Campus/Community Presentation or Publication: Develop, complete, and present one's own independent research. The presentation should be at a Belmont sanctioned forum for student research, such as BURS, SURS, a regional/national conference, or a general campus convocation event. The Publication must be a refereed publication.
- Creative Project Accompanied by a Campus/Community Presentation or Publication: Develop, complete and present one's own creative project. The presentation should be at a Belmont sanctioned forum for student research, such as BURS, SURS, a regional/national conference, or a general campus convocation event. The publication must be a refereed publication. This creative project may include a recital, exhibit or performance.
- Peer Tutoring: A term-long service as a peer tutor in a Belmont course for zero to three hours of academic credit for the peer tutoring is required.
- Study Abroad: A Belmont University-sanctioned study abroad experience outside the United States with academic credit for participating students.
- Internship: Satisfy requirements for an internship for credit within the student's respective major or minor.
- Off-Campus experience: Satisfy requirements for an off-campus experience for credit within the student's respective area of study. These would include programs like the Washington Center Program, Belmont West, the Tennessee Legislative Intern Program, etc. in which the student participates in learning activities away from Belmont over an extended period of time and with a substantial experiential component.
- Student Leadership: Fulfill a student leadership role through an elected or appointed position in one of the following ways: 1) a registered student organization; 2) a Resident Assistant; 3) a campus publication; 4) a significant campus project or program. The student must submit the required 2-3 page reflective paper to his/her faculty or staff advisor. The advisor will forward the paper, along with a recommendation, to the Director of Student Activities for approval.