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Wellness for Life-long Learning

WELL Core at Belmont

The purpose of WELL Core is to nurture in each student the capacity to live a life that is satisfying, with a sense of meaning and purpose, encompassing all dimensions of human life.
In order to graduate students are required to earn a total of 50 Well Core credits (adjusted for
transfer students), 5 in each of the following categories:

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Intellectual Wellness

These activities will help students learn how to take in information critically,
evaluate reliability and validity of information, and communicate ideas effectively.

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Occupational Wellness

Students will define what meaningful and purpose-driven work means to them. They will be able to articulate their strengths and areas for development. They will explore and engage in opportunities to develop an initial career plan. Students will also learn to identify and evaluate performance in recognized career readiness competencies.

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Financial Wellness

Students will be able to name the broader financial concepts they will need to know more about as they move further into adulthood. They will also be able to discuss their own finances in familiar terms. They will learn how to describe the skills required to either hold onto their financial resources or let go of them intentionally and wisely.

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Cultural Wellness

Programming helps students develop a sense of cultural identity and social location, understanding their own culture and its relation to others. Student will expand understanding of cultures and ideas other than one's own, with an emphasis on valuing differences Students will also learn to appreciate the value, impact, and importance of being agents of hope and promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity at Belmont University and beyond

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Spiritual Wellness

Students will encounter a variety of practices from across the Christian tradition that promote spiritual wellness and may serve as resources for resilience in their spiritual development. They will also cultivate habits of hospitality toward people with diverse religious viewpoints that will enable them to understand their role in reweaving the social fabric.

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Social Wellness

Students will utilize the social support systems, resources, and opportunities available to them at Belmont. They will participate in constructive, mutually beneficial social activities. Students will learn to seek and maintain healthy and fulfilling relationships with peers and community members, helping foster a sense of belonging.

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Emotional Wellness

These activities will help students learn to identify self-awareness strategies. They will also develop internal skills that can assist in maintaining emotional health when faced with stress and/or difficult change. Students will also learn to identify ways to interact with the community while maintaining emotional health.

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Physical Wellness

Students will practice preventative measures to increase chances of optimal physical health outcomes. They will become aware of basic corrective actions when physical health problems are encountered. Students will learn to appreciate the connection between physical, emotional, and social health.

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Environmental Wellness

Features the livability of your surroundings and appropriately stewarding resources, identifying ways in which our well-being depends on natural system, recognizing the impacts of human behavior on natural, life-sustaining systems, and engaging in behaviors to improve and sustain the health of people and the natural world.

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Service Wellness

Service wellness includes community engagement, social responsibility, and civic action – all of which contribute to our communal wellness as individuals, neighbors, and a collective society. Practicing service wellness means cultivating a lifestyle of responsibility, engagement, humility, and reflection with the individuals and communities around us, so we might create a world in service with and for each other.

WELL Core Credit Requirements

5 in each of 10 categories, 50 total

4 in each of 10 categories, 40 total

3 in each of 10 categories, 30 total

2 in each of 10 categories, 20 total

Graduate and non-degree-seeking students are not required to participate in the WELL Core Program.

Adult Degree Program students should contact Sara Gibson in the Adult Degree Program office at sara.gibson@belmont.edu in order to determine their specific requirements and methods for completing WELL Core.

Be Well BU

The comprehensive wellness program of Belmont University, Be Well BU works with all programs and services aimed at helping students achieve a higher degree of personal wellness.

Student WELL Core Policies

  1. WELL Core is a graduation requirement, as much as any course required in the BELL Core. Without completing WELL Core, a degree will not be awarded. There are students, a very few, who have to delay graduation for no reason other than outstanding WELL Core requirements. Students in that situation may not walk at commencement. They may attend WELL Core events in subsequent semesters, without paying tuition. They will also have to reapply for graduation, including paying the related fees.
  2. It is the responsibility of students to keep track of their own WELL Core credits, and to report any problems to the BELL Core Office within 30 days. Students can check their progress through their WELL Core account in BruinLink.
  3. Credit is only given for approved WELL Core events. The WELL Core schedule can be found on BruinLink. Asynchronous WELL Core events can be found online in the WELL Core course on Blackboard. WELL Core credit cannot be earned by completing similar events in the community, or by alternate means, except for students in the Adult Degree Program.
  4. To receive WELL Core credit one must stay for the entire program.
  5. Credit for WELL Core is marked when a student’s Event Pass is scanned or when they scan the QR Code that is posted after the event. Students who fail to have their Event Pass scanned or scan the QR code will not be given credit for the event. Students will receive credit for events through Blackboard after completion of the associate quiz and assessment.
  6. WELL Core events cannot be repeated for credit, with the exception of community service.

NOTE: Current students will have the option to continue under the original WELL Core requirements. All future students will be under the new requirements beginning with Fall 2023 enrollment.

Current students may opt to change to the new requirements. For these students, previously earned credits for Spiritual, Cultural, Intellectual, and Service will all count for the equivalent category. Credits earned under the old Occupational/Financial WELL Core category will be split evenly between the two new categories. In the event of credits not dividing by whole integers among these categories, the remaining credit will be allocated to the Occupational category. Credits earned under the old Physical/Emotional/Interpersonal WELL Core will be split evenly between the new Physical, Emotional, and Social Wellness categories. In the event of credits not dividing by whole integers among these categories, the remaining credit(s) will be allocated to the Physical category.