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Outcomes & Alumni Success

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences equips students with transferable skills to walk with confidence into the professional world and step into their calling as changemakers.

Mabry Culp

Mabry Culp '18 | Corporate Communication

“The Corporate Communication program and faculty changed my life infinitely for the better. Coming into college, I knew that I wanted to work with people for my career, but I wasn't sure what that would look like. The department developed me into a courageous, adaptable and altruistic leader of others while giving me valuable business acumen through their encouragement of internships and real world assignments. Confidently and empathetically I walk into rooms looking for ways in which I can lift my company and others to great new heights, all thanks to the incredible education I received by the Communication department.”

Staffing Operations Associate | Google, Inc.

Kirk Bado

Kirk Bado '17 | Politics and Public Law

“The opportunity to work with The Tennessean in my junior year through a partnership with the Department of Political Science changed my life. That summer covering the Nashville mayoral race laid the foundation for my career and opened every subsequent door that's taken me to newsrooms in Arizona, North Carolina and now, the halls of Congress. Nothing can quite prepare you to cover this crazy world of politics, but my professors gave me the tools to adapt and think critically about our complex political systems and the powerful figures who operate within those systems. During my time in CLASS, my professors invested in me, forming lifelong bonds I still cherish today.”

Roy H. Park Reporting Fellow, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (M.A. in Mass Communications, 2019) | Congressional Campaigns Correspondent, National Journal

Dr. Micah Oelze

Dr. Micah Oelze '10 | History

“My undergraduate experience at Belmont taught me to recognize the study of the past as an adventure. Belmont’s history professors showed me how traveling intellectually (even while sitting in the library) can be riveting. The intrigue, patience, and imagination that I developed at Belmont remain characteristic of my own research and teaching today, more than a decade later.”

Assistant Professor of History | Adelphi University

Jena Locke Thomas

Jena Locke Thomas '09 | Public Relations

“I am so grateful for my time as an undergraduate in Belmont’s PR program and the way it equipped me for my career. Not only did the course work prepare me for the types of tactics I would take on as a PR professional, but the wisdom and advice of the Department’s professors really sparked my interest in the field and helped direct my career path. Their intentionality to exposing PR students to the various career paths available, alongside their commitment to encouraging real world application through internships brought the skills we were learning in the classroom to life for me. Now as a member of the PR Department’s Advisory Board, I continued to be impressed with passion of the professors and their commitment to providing a superior curriculum that will set their students apart when they enter into the workforce. I can also attest that the interns we hire that are enrolled in the PR Department at Belmont are some of best and brightest I’ve had the privilege to work alongside.”

President + Founder | Parthenon PR

Justin Lang

Justin Lang '17 | Sociology

“Belmont Sociology was a critical component of my preparation for graduate studies. The department made me a stronger writer, provided rigorous training in research methods, and helped me develop a reading practice for understanding the interventions of texts and thinking multiple texts and theoretical perspectives in conversation with each other. The department provided me with frameworks to grapple with our social world during a significant time in my political development, in the midst of the early phases of the resurgent Movement for Black Lives.”

Ph.D. Student, Department of Africana Studies | Brown University