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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 on the ecology of complex systems, critical thinking, artistic and literary criticism, expanded context for decision making, rational decision-making and its limitations. Also includes programming on complex systems such as ecosystems, mechanical systems, human organizations, and human health.

2.  Occupational/Financial Well-Being: features development of skills in preparation for employment and money management after graduation. It includes programming on how to get a job, career management, personal finances, and work/life balance, as well as 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: features deepening and enhancing personal and communal spiritual life connecting to the Christian tradition, with emphasis on interplay between faith and justice, peace, mercy, grace, and love. Includes programming on understanding various Christian faith perspectives, theological issues, and religiously based ethics. Also includes more traditional worship services.

5.  Interpersonal/Emotional/Physical Well-Being: features developing of skills of interpersonal connection as well as recognition and coping with emotions. Includes programming related to interpersonal, emotional, and physical well-being.

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.