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WELL Core Overview

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(Well-being for Life-long Learning)

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 60 Well Core credits (adjusted for transfer students), 10 in each of the following categories:

1.  Intellectual Well-Being: features wrestling with important and difficult issues and ideas. Emphasis in this category is placed on the ecology of complex systems, critical thinking, artistic and literary criticism, expanded context for decision making, rational decision-making and its limitations. This category includes programming on complex systems such as ecosystems, mechanical systems, human organizations, and human thoughts and ideas. Any topic that a person could attend for the joy of learning something new could apply to this category.

2.  Occupational/Financial Well-Being:
    Occupational Well-Being: features development of skills in preparation for employment. It includes programming on how to get a job, career management, work /life balance.
    Financial Well-Being: features money management after graduation. It includes programming on personal finances, as well intellectual, emotional, and physical stress management strategies.

3.  Cultural Well-Being: features expanded understanding of the arts, as well as cultural and civic systems and your connections to them. Includes programming on cultures and ideas other than your own, with an emphasis on valuing differences.

4.  Spiritual Well-Being: helps wrestle with questions of faith and belief. Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and occupations give us the opportunity to consider the Christian faith and how that impacts our day-to-day life. These events call us to think deeply about what we believe, helps us to think deeply what gives meaning and purpose to our lives, and consider how our faith can be means of help and comfort in challenging times. 

5.  Interpersonal/Emotional/Physical Well-Being:
 Interpersonal Well-Being: features developing of skills of interpersonal connection. as well as recognition and coping with emotions. It includes programming on relationships, social dynamics, developing strategies to create and maintain healthy relationships. 
 Emotional Well-Being: features developing of skills such as stress management techniques, healthy coping mechanism, and recognition and acceptance of emotions. It includes programming on resiliency, coping strategies, healthy self-care and self-love.            
  Physical Well-Being: features the ability to improve your body through healthy eating and good exercise habits. It includes programming on lifestyle behavior choices, disease and chronic illness prevention, and living in a balanced state of body, mind and spirit.
6. Community Well-Being Through Service: features group or individual direct community service, personal civic engagement, and service learning. Includes a wide range of engagement opportunities, both on campus and across the Nashville community.