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Due to the increased focus on the needs of sophomores, Belmont has revised a few classes in order to better serve students during the 2-3-4 semesters as they continue the transition towards graduation.


COM1100  Fundamentals of Speech Communications is a sophomore specific class in which you are able to reflect on your academic experience and learn to articulate your talents, interests, and dreams.  Within this course, you will consider how your educational goals, strengths, and experiences connect with your vision of the future.

One of your assignments will be to use the FOCUS II assessment and develop a speech as an opportunity to do some self-exploration and craft a statement of purpose.  You will consider issues like:


  • How did you decide your major? (Or how are you going about choosing your major?) What were key turning points/experiences/conversations that helped you make this decision?
  • Did you agree with the results of the assessment? Why or why not?
  • How will these results prepare you for your future career plans?


For the speech, you’ll create a unique and innovative theme and message that addresses this question:  “How might your strengths, interests, experiences, and academic preparation meet the world’s need in your proposed profession?” Be sure to specifically answer this question in the majority of your speech.  A speech that just introduces who you are to the audience or discusses your thoughts on your potential career field will be considered to not meet the speech requirement.  

Learning Communities – While the Learning Community (formerly Linked Cohorts) classroom experience is not new to Belmont, it has been revised to better fit the unique needs of its students, especially during the second, third and fourth semesters.  

By participating in specifically tailored "engaged learning" communities with your peer group, you will build stronger bonds with your friends and expand your learning beyond the walls of the classroom.

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for more information about the Learning Communities and their place within the Bell Core.  

Drs. Charmion Gutske and Nick Bacon took students to a local organic farm. The purpose of thisorganinc farm image field trip was to introduce students to a biodynamic farm, giving them a first-hand look at the challenges and benefits of sustainable food practices. Free from pesticides, genetic engineering and chemical fertilizers, Real Food Farms is a wonderful example of a local solution to the global health concerns facing our students. During the trip, students had the opportunity to explore the farm, work in the garden (planting, harvesting and weeding), meet with farmer David Dailey and enjoy a picnic lunch prepared by a local chef using seasonal vegetables from the farm.