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Students attending Belmont University are required to take 3 credit hours in Wellness.  Students have the option of taking WEL 1600 Health and Fitness Concepts (2 hours) combined with WEL 2000 (1 hour) activity class or students may take Junior Cornerstone (WEL 3015, a 3-hour class) in their junior year. The main objective of these courses is to provide students with an understanding of health and fitness and how to apply this knowledge and understanding to their own lives in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle for years to come.

Students are expected to design a personal fitness program that includes various types of cardiovascular activity, nutrition, weight management and an introduction to games and sports in a group setting. We are finding that more students are becoming more health conscious at an earlier age. For those students seeking a more holistic approach, we offer links across campus with other courses such as literature, history, and biology as well as provide a Junior Cornerstone course for students seeking to do more research about wellness.

WEL 1600 – This course is an introduction to health and wellness. The desired outcome is to create a classroom environment that inspires students to participate in healthy behaviors for a lifetime and to gain appropriate knowledge as it pertains to becoming a fit person. Some course objectives are as follows: 1. Knowledge of the components of fitness 2. To understand basic principles of physical training 3. To evaluate his/her level of fitness 4. To design a personal program that implements change and progress 5. List personal causes of stress 6. Understand principles of nutrition.

WEL 2000- This course is designed for active engagement in a group situation. Students will be expected to engage in various types of group fitness.

EXS or WEL 3015 -  The Junior Cornerstone Seminar, for students who are midway through university study, is designed to challenge them to apply multiple disciplines to an overarching problem or question through active and engaged investigation. Cornerstones also are collaborative; students will work together to pursue answers to a problem and also draw conclusions from these experiences. A unique feature of the course is its emphasis on Problem Based Learning, defined as:

  1. An instructional method whereby students collaborate with each other in activating prior knowledge, constructing new knowledge, and in developing a plan for further study.
  2. By definition, Junior Cornerstone Seminars carry Experiential Learning.
  3. Through engaged learning and collaboration, you will:
    a. Apply knowledge by conducting active, “hands-on” investigation.
    b. Recognize the ways in which a variety of disciplines and perspectives may come together to arrive at solutions to problems.
    c. Gain experience working as part of a team and to develop an appreciation for the importance of collaboration.
    d. Sharpen research and writing skills.
    e. Develop quantitative reasoning skills and apply these skills to the problem at hand.
    f. Become a more effective communicator through the presentation of results to the broader public.