As a new student pursuing a Bachelor's degree through the Belmont University/Nashville Ballet Learning partnership, you are encouraged to initially pursue the Liberal Studies degree program, as this degree allows you the most flexibility in self-designing the coursework you may want to pursue in your major. For a complete list of our adult degree programs, see below:
Adult Degree Programs
All students are encouraged to first complete the General Education Requirements required of all Belmont degree programs (approximately half of the degree requirements), as these courses are easily transferable to other accredited universities should you wish to transfer.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies
Credits Required for Graduation: 128
- Computer Proficiency
- Intellectual Growth and Inquiry (2 hours)
- General Education Requirements (59-62 hours)
- Self-Design Your Major (63-69 hours)
- You may pursue the 20-credit hour Dance Minor in this portion of your studies. The requirements for the Dance Minor are listed below in Academic Guidelines.
As a full-time dancer with the Nashville Ballet, if you choose to particpate in this program, you will:
- be assigned a professional advisor to guide you through your time at Belmont.
- initially be enrolled in one of Belmont's adult degree programs.
- After the first semester of enrollment in one of Belmont's adult degree programs, you may change to any other major on campus, provided you meet the academic and admissions requirements for that program (examples: you'd have to have a successful audition to become a Voice major or you'd have to have a strong math background to become a Business major).
- Note that tuition for adult degree programs is significantly less than regular undergraduate tuition. If you switch to a major that is nor part of the adult degree programs list, you will be charged the higher tuition rate that's associated with that major.
- If you end your affiliation with the Nashville Ballet and continue your education at Belmont, you will need to consult with your advisor regarding the most appropriate path for you to take to complete your degree.
- typically take one three-credit course in the Fall term, one three-credit course in the Spring term, and up to 12 credits in the Summer term for an annual total of approximately 18 credit hours. This 18-credit limit does not include credits earned directly thhrough your affiliation with the Nashville Ballet Company or via "challenge exams" (see below). You may exceed 18 credits or take fewer than 18 credits per year with the consent of your academic advisor.
- be able to fulfill the requirements for the 20 credit-hour dance minor in the following ways:
- Dance Technique (Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap) (DAN 4200): 10 credits taken over two or more semesters. With the permission of the Artistic Director of Nashville Ballet Company, these 10 credit hours may be taken via study at the Nashville Ballet and registered for at Belmont as DAN 4200.
- Dance Performance (DAN 1010): 2 credits taken over two semesters. With the permission of the Artistic Director of the Nashville Ballet, these credits may be taken via performance with the Nashville Ballet and registered for at Belmont as DAN 1010. In addition, during one of the two semesters of DAN 1010 you will perform at the annual Dance Minor Recital on the Belmont campus. Alternately, this credit may be earned through participation in the regular campus DAN 1010 class.
- The Dance Experience (DAN 2000): 3 credits. You may take the regular on-campus course or may meet the requirements of the course through a "challenge exam." You will be responsible for requesting a challenge exam which will be coordinated by your academic advisor working in conjunction with the Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance. If you choose not to pursue the exam, or do not pass the exam, you should take the regular course.
- Kinesiology of Dance (DAN 3030): 3 credits. You'll need to take this one as a regular class at Belmont.
- Dance Composition (DAN 3020). 2 credits. You may take the regular on-campus course or may meet the requirements of the course through a "challenge exam." You will be responsible for requesting a challenge exam which will be coordinated by your academic advisor working in conjunction with the Chair of the Department of Theater and Dance. If the you choose not to pursue the exam, or do not pass the exam, you should take the regular course.