Oct 04, 2023  
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog 2023-2024

Academic Policies

Student Class Attendance Policy

Belmont University is committed to the idea that regular class attendance is essential to successful scholastic achievement. Absence is permitted only in cases of illness or other legitimate cause. Attendance is checked from the first class meeting. Late registrants will have accrued some absences prior to formal registration in the course. In the case of excused absence from class, students have the right and responsibility to make up all class work missed.

  • Provost’s Excused Absences

    If a class absence is necessary because of an activity by another class or university organization, the sponsor of the activity will provide a detailed memorandum on the letterhead of the unit to the Provost at least two (2) weeks prior to the event. The memo will provide the names of students involved, the type of event, and the date range of the event. If approved the Provost will countersign the memo, generating a Provost’s Excuse, and copies will be provided by the sponsor to each student to present to instructor as an excused absence with the allowance for the student to make up missed class work.
  • Failure for Non-Attendance

    Should the number of absences other than Provost’s Excused Absences exceed 20% of class meeting time (applicable to every term and part-of-term course) for a given student, the faculty member may assign the grade “FN” (failure for nonattendance) to that student.
  • Student responsibilities

    Students are responsible for notifying faculty members if they miss class(es). They are to provide documentation in support of absenteeism for the faculty member to review and evaluate according to course attendance policies. Student with excused absences (as approved by the faculty or through the Provost’s Excuse) are able to make up all classwork missed during the absenteeism period.
  • Faculty responsibilities

    Faculty members will provide an absenteeism policy on each course syllabus and review and explain the policy to all students. Faculty members providing for excused absences will review requests for those not covered by the Provost’s Excuse and communications relating to unexcused absences and approve them according to the course syllabus. They will honor absences that are properly documented and provide either the same or in-kind assignments and provide opportunities for students to make up missed coursework during or immediately following an excused absence period.
  • Appeal

    Students may appeal a disputed absence matter to the chair of the faculty member’s department or to the appropriate dean’s office should the faculty member be the department chair. The appropriate dean’s decision will be final. Proper documentation must be provided in support of the appeal. If the appeal is approved, the chair or dean will communicate the reason for the approval and the remedy to the faculty member who will permit the student (s) to make up missed coursework in a timely manner.

Changing a Schedule

Students may change schedules during open registration periods for that term. Students should be in consultation with the faculty advisor. After the first week of classes or the designated “Drop & Add” period schedule changes are no longer available on-line and only granted by exception. Courses withdrawn after the date specified in the academic calendar are not subject to refunds. Students may not withdraw from a course in the 30 calendar days from last day of the semester or last day published for WP/WF.

Change of Name or Address

Any current student needing to change pertinent personal data during a semester should fill out “Personal Data Change Request” at Belmont Central or fill out a request on the web and email to the appropriate university office. Changes of address must be made prior to exam week each semester. In order for a name change to be processed, the student must bring an official document for a copy to be made in Belmont Central. An official document includes: a marriage certificate, a court order, a driver’s license with a picture ID, or a social security card.

Course Policies

Belmont University reserves the right not to offer any course in which fewer than 10 students enroll.

Any department may offer special studies courses under the number 1990-4990 for 0-4 hours credit. In these courses an opportunity is provided for the student to pursue an area of special interest under the supervision of a faculty member. Approval of the appropriate department chairperson, and the dean is required before enrolling in these courses. Directed study courses may be offered by some departments (see departmental course listings). Such courses are created and overseen in the same manner as special studies courses.

This catalog is a listing of courses. The mere listing of a course does not guarantee its offering any particular semester or year. Certain courses may be offered only when demand warrants their offering.

Withdrawal from the University

Students wishing to completely withdraw must complete a university withdrawal agreement form online.

No financial credit will be given after the fifth week of classes. A telephone call giving intent to withdraw does not constitute an official withdrawal. Students may not withdraw during the last 30 days of a semester.

WELL Core: Wellness 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.

Learning Objectives. After completing the WELL Core program, students will be able to:

  1. Identify ways of living that reflect a greater knowledge of the purpose of their lives.
  2. Demonstrate awareness of practices that lead to better wellness.
  3. Identify ways their Belmont University experience has helped them achieve wellness in various dimensions of human life.

Students must complete a specific number of credits in each category. Requirements are based on the catalog under which the student graduates and the number of academic hours transferred to Belmont at the time of enrollment. Specific requirements can be found in The Bruin Guide or on the WELL Core Website at: https://www.belmont.edu/bellcore/wellcore/requirements/index.html.

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:

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Environmental Wellness: features the livability of your surroundings and appropriately stewarding resources, identifying ways in which our well-being depends on natural systems, 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.

Service Wellness: 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.

Academic Honor System

The members of the Belmont University community seek to provide students a high-quality education while encouraging in the entire community a sense of ethics, social responsibility and interdependence. We believe that trust is a vital part of this enterprise and that self-discipline and responsibility to one another are also essential elements. We also believe that any instance of dishonesty is a violation of the values of the Belmont University community. Therefore, the Belmont University Academic Honor System aims to cultivate a community based on trust, academic honesty and social responsibility. 

Complete information about the Academic Honor System, including Belmont University’s Honor Pledge, student expectations, and more can be in The Bruin Guide, which is available online. Students may link to it by pasting the following url into their browser:


Please note, the above information is provided to help answer some questions you may have about Belmont’s Academic Honor System. It is not official statements of policy or process. The Bruin Guide states official policies and processes and supersedes this information.

Academic Standing

Student Classification

Semester Hours Academic Standing
0-29 Freshman
30-63 Sophomore
64-93 Junior
94 or more Senior

Grading System

All courses offered for academic credit at Belmont University shall be graded on the following basis except as described below.

Letter Grade Meaning
A/A- is a grade of distinction.
B+/B/B- represents excellent work, above average.
C+/C/C- indicates average work.
D+/D/D- represents minimally acceptable work.
F indicates non-acceptable work; no credit is received.
Pass/Fail Courses offered at Belmont University which fit the exceptions stated below will be graded on P/F basis. A grade of P indicates that the student has satisfactorily completed the course. However, the student does not receive quality points and the grade of P does not affect the student’s overall GPA.
  1. Continuing education and community service courses which do not offer academic credit.
  2. Courses which offer academic credit, but which are not offered for classroom instruction at regularly scheduled hours. Such courses may include, but are not limited to, independent studies, co-operative education, internships, and travel study courses.
  3. Courses which offer academic credit, but whose published course descriptions indicate that they will be offered on P/F basis only.

A student with 64 or more earned hours (Junior or Senior status) may elect to earn up to twelve (12) semester hours of academic credit on “pass / fail” bases. The 12 semester hours must be in courses which are general free electives in the student’s plan of study. Students electing this option may not do so with courses in the major, minor or BELL Core unless the course is only offered and listed in the catalog as P/F. To earn general free elective credit on P/F basis, the student must: (a) secure the pass/fail agreement academic advisor to confirm the course is a general free elective and the student’s classification is appropriate. (b) The student who elects P/F grading may not change back to a graded scale. (c) Upon registration for the course, but not later than mid-term, the student should E-mail their advisor (who should approved the P/F option). d) The advisor should forward to the course’s professor (noting prefix, title and CRN) acknowledging the course is a free elective and under this policy the student (name and BU ID) is exercising their option to request a final grade of pass or fail. A completed copy of the pass/fail agreement from the advisor is sent to the student, professor and Registrar for record keeping purposes.

I is an incomplete and is used only in cases of uncontrollable circumstances. Responsibility for completing the work must be assumed by the student. All incomplete work must be finished before mid-term of the next semester. An I is calculated as an F. The grade will be changed to an F at the midterm of the semester following the one in which it was earned unless a grade is submitted by the instructor.

W indicates the student withdrew during the first four weeks of the semester before a P/F status can be determined. A W does not affect the grade point average.

WP indicates the student is passing at the time of withdrawal. A WP does not affect the grade point average.

WF indicates that the student is failing at the time of withdrawal during the university’s “withdraw passing / failing” period in the term, or during a time after this period when the student is administratively withdrawn by action of the university. A WF counts as an F when computing GPA.

FN indicates that the student failed the course due to excessive absences. Should the number of absences other than Provost’s Excused Absences exceed 20% of class meeting time (applicable to every term and part-of-term course) for a given student, the faculty member may assign the grade “FN” (failure for non-attendance) to that student. FN counts as an F when computing GPA.

AU indicates Audit. Academic credit is not received when auditing a course. The GPA is not affected. (Tuition and fees still apply to audited courses.)

NR indicates Not Received. This means that the professor did not turn in the grade(s) by the deadline at the end of the semester. This does not affect the student’s GPA. However, the student does not have credit for the course until the appropriate grade is entered. The professor must complete a grade change form to change the grade and the student will be notified stating their grade and updated GPA when processed.

FX grade on the student’s transcript will indicate that the failure of the course was due to an Honor Pledge violation. The grade will be treated as an F for purposes of the student’s grade point average. After appeal, any decision resulting in a grade of “FX” will automatically be reviewed by the Provost. During a student’s last semester prior to graduation, s/he may have the “FX” changed to an F on the transcript in the following manner:

  • The student must have retaken and received a passing grade in the class in which the “FX” was given;
  • The student must have no subsequent violations of the Honor Pledge while a student at Belmont;
  • The student must write a letter to the Provost requesting the removal of the “FX”;
  • The student must propose and perform an activity or program that promotes academic integrity on campus and which will be mutually agreed upon by student and the Honor Court. The Honor Court will certify that the program has been completed in a letter to the Provost.

If the student satisfactorily completes the four conditions above, the Provost will instruct the Registrar to change the “FX” to a grade of “F” on the student’s transcript.

Refer to the Academic Honors System in this catalog for information regarding Honor Code violations.

IP indicates In Progress academic work. Course work is continued. Does not count in GPA calculations. The IP grade is only available for undergraduates taking study abroad courses which are ongoing or while pending receipt of transcript / grade information from the study abroad institution.  In rare circumstances a specific course(s) due to circumstances (e.g. external research or an approved concurrent course) may extend beyond the end of the regular term and if approved by the dean may carry an IP grade beyond the end of the term. IP grades should establish a grade resolution date, or be subject to the timeline and grading for incomplete grades.  

Each hour of academic work taken for credit in the university is evaluated in terms of its relative quality, as shown by the grade received in the course. The various grades and their corresponding quality points are:

Letter Grade Quality Points
A 4.0 quality points for each hour of credit.
A- 3.7 quality points for each hour of credit.
B+ 3.3 quality points for each hour of credit.
B 3.0 quality points for each hour of credit.
B- 2.7 quality points for each hour of credit.
C+ 2.3 quality points for each hour of credit.
C 2.0 quality points for each hour of credit.
C- 1.7 quality points for each hour of credit.
D+ 1.3 quality points for each hour of credit.
D 1.0 quality point for each hour of credit.
D- 0.7 quality point for each hour of credit.
F 0 quality points and no credit.

Students may view final grades and grade point averages the week following the last exam of the semester through their MyBelmont account. Mid terms grades are not recorded to the student’s academic transcript. Mid term grades serve as a notification to students regarding their academic progress in their courses. Students may view mid term grades through their MyBelmont account.

Repeating Courses

The student may repeat any course which was previously taken at Belmont if the student wishes to improve the grade. The student will not be allowed to repeat the course more than once with the exception of an “F” grade which may be repeated an unlimited number of times. The last grade earned will be posted to the transcript as the officially recognized grade for the course unless it is lower than the first grade. The original grade will remain on the transcript but will not be figured into the cumulative grade average. All “repeat” courses must be taken at Belmont. A course grade transferred from another institution may not be removed by repeating the course at Belmont.

Grade Appeals

Students have the right to appeal grades directly to the instructor if they believe that an incorrect grade has been assigned for the course. If a grade issue is not resolved after contact with the instructor, the student may appeal in writing to the department chair / associate dean of the college. This must occur by the mid-term point of the next semester. In the written appeal the student must be prepared to demonstrate and document an unusual circumstance that warrants a review of the grade and evidences of the grade s/he believes should have been given by the instructor. All written appeals will be reviewed within one month of receipt and responded to in writing either confirming or changing the posted final grade. A copy of this response will go to the Registrar’s Office for the student’s record.

Further appeal is through the administrative structure of the college in which the course was taken, with final appeal to the Dean of the college. Any appeal must be in writing and include appropriate documentation to support the student’s position that a grade change is warranted.

The final grade is the instructor’s posted grade, which may be viewed in the student’s grade report on-line at the close of the term or part-of-term. It is solely the responsibility of the student to check that grades are posted for all courses taken during a semester and note the grade given for each class. All grade appeals must be requested by the mid-term point of the next semester. Unless an active appeal is under review, after the mid-term point of the next semester, neither instructors nor the university will consider a grade change.

Once a final grade has been posted the student may not petition the instructor to do additional work or extra credit to raise the grade awarded. Any grade change as a result of such action will be disallowed.

For grades of IP or I, once the I or IP is replaced (required prior to mid-term of the follow semester) by a grade, including a change to F, that becomes the posting date of the final grade. Administrative grades such as W (withdrawal) are handled through the Registrar’s Office.

Academic Standing: Dean’s List, Academic Probation, and Academic Suspension

Student’s academic performance at Belmont University for Dean’s List and Academic Probation is described as their Academic Standing which reflects the Belmont University grade point average (GPA) in the last term of enrollment (see policies below). Academic Suspension is based on the total number of GPA credit hours completed at Belmont on a scale provided in the suspension table below.

Academic Good Standing

Enrollment in good standing is granted to all fully admitted students who maintain a cumulative Belmont University grade point average of 2.0 or higher. However, a student’s academic status may change to Academic Probation if any academic term/semester Belmont GPA or cumulative Belmont GPA is less than 2.0. Academic Suspension from the University is based on a scale provided in the suspension table below.

Dean’s List

Recognition to undergraduate students achieving dean’s list will be sent to their Belmont email address at the end of each semester. Semester eligibility is based upon the following:

  • A minimum load of 12 semester credit bearing (GPA) hours for fall and spring semesters. Summer Dean’s List is based on a minimum 9-hour load over the summer term.
  • The minimum semester hours (12 credit hours for fall and spring semesters and 9 hour summer) must be hours that are attempted hours producing quality points; meaning each of those hours must contribute by count to the semester / term GPA.
  • A quality point average of 3.5 GPA or better must be achieved.
  • Completion of all course work by the last official day of the semester with the exception of “in progress” (IP) for study abroad courses. Hours taken as audit or P/F courses are not included in the minimum credit hour load count.
  • No grade below a C in any course. This also includes P/F (pass/fail) and zero credit courses.

Table of Academic Standards (Probation and Suspension)

Overall Belmont GPA Hours Probation if any semester GPA or cumulative Belmont GPA is less than Suspension if Belmont Institutional GPA is less than
0-16 2.00 N/A
17-29 2.00 1.00
30-63 2.00 1.50
64-93 2.00 1.75
94 + 2.00 2.00

Academic Probation

A student is placed on Academic Probation and recorded on the student’s transcript as an official part of the student record when a student’s Belmont University grade point average (GPA) in any semester (fall, spring or summer term) or their cumulative Belmont University GPA is less than 2.0. Academic probation and academic suspension are not necessarily a process of progressive discipline. A student may move immediately to suspension or dismissal if the grade point average meets the criteria indicated in the Academic Standards table above. Probation is checked at the end of fall, spring and summer terms. Students on probation may take no more than 16 hours while on Academic Probation, and are required and expected with the 16 hour allowance as soon as possible, to repeat courses in which they received a “D” or “F”. A student on Academic Probation in the current or last term of enrollment is not in “Good Standing.”

Academic Suspension

A student not meeting the minimum grade point average (GPA) on Belmont work as shown in Academic Standards table above will be placed on academic suspension. A student placed on academic suspension is ineligible to enroll at Belmont University during their suspension. A student who receives a first academic suspension from Belmont may petition for readmission to the university after one semester of non-enrollment (see chart below). A student who receives a second suspension may appeal for readmission after one year from the date of the last suspension (see chart below). A third suspension results in dismissal from the university with no opportunity for readmission. Each Academic Suspension is recorded on the Belmont transcript as an official part of the student record. Suspension is checked at the end of fall, spring and summer terms. A student on suspension may not enroll/return in the summer term.  A student on Academic Suspension (including “dismissal”) in the current or last term of enrollment is not in “Good Standing.”

Academic Suspension Action

First suspension according to the GPA chart above

One standard semester suspension

Ineligible to enroll next semester.

If suspension occurs following the spring semester, ineligibility includes summer and fall.

If suspension occurs following the fall semester, ineligibility includes spring and summer (which includes Maymester).

Second suspension according to the GPA chart above

Ineligible to enroll next two semesters.

If suspension occurs at the end of the spring semester, ineligibility includes: summer term (which includes Maymester), fall semester, spring semester and summer term. 

If suspension occurs at the end of the fall semester, ineligibility includes: spring semester, summer term (which includes Maymester), and fall semester.

Third suspension according to chart above University Dismissal - No readmission possible

Academic Suspension is a period of time away from Belmont meant to encourage the student to seek to develop habits that will contribute to the student’s academic success if they return to Belmont. As a result of being placed on academic suspension all courses that the student registered for in a future term (for example, through priority registration) are automatically dropped from the student’s schedule. In addition, during the period of the suspension Belmont does not accept any credit in transfer from another institution, unless the student is approved for “concurrent enrollment” prior to taking the course.

Academic Suspension Appeals

Belmont University recognizes that a singular unique involuntary situation may occur that has a direct impacted on the grade point average (GPA) resulting in academic suspension. This can usually be isolated to one or two semesters. An academically suspended student does have a right of appeal to be filed no later than three weeks after the end of that semester’s final exams, or by the date specified in the suspension Email and/or letter. The appeal communication must be sent from the student to the University Registrar. The Registrar will work in coordination with the Dean of the college of the student’s major / degree to review the appeal.

An appeal does not remove the Academic Suspension status. The appeal is a request to waive the “ineligible to enroll at Belmont” (non-enrollment period). For any appeal to be considered, two things must be articulated:

1) The student must clearly demonstrate a unique involuntary situation that can be linked to academic performance and provide evidence that the unique involuntary situation has been, or in process of being corrected;

2) There is a reasonable belief that the student will be academically successful if allowed to re-enroll and take courses before the time limit of the suspension has elapsed. If a student’s appeal receives the support of the Dean and the student is approved to continue in the ensuing semester at Belmont, the student will only be allowed to repeat D or F courses and the number of hours taken may be limited.

There is another form of appeal, which is different from requesting waiver of the Belmont non-enrollment period. The student may request approval from and college Dean and University Registrar to take “concurrent enrollment” courses. (This may even be suggested by the dean if waiver of the non-enrollment semester(s) is not approved). “Concurrent Enrollment” is a Belmont student taking courses at another college or university that has been approved along with the specific course(s) that are determined to be transferable and will count toward the Belmont degree. If concurrent enrollment is approved, only BELL Core courses not previously taken at Belmont are eligible to transfer back. Student should not take nor will they be approved to take in concurrent enrollment any low grade course(s) that must be repeated at Belmont in order to replace course grades counting in the Belmont GPA.

Academic Stipulations upon Return

Upon return with a status of Academic Suspension in the prior semester of enrollment the student will be automatically placed under Academic Stipulations (student status will show as Probation while attending that semester). Stipulations require:

  • The student should meet with their academic advisor and must plan a schedule to primarily repeat courses of a “D” or “F.”
  • In primarily repeating courses as is required above, if the student’s GPA in the returning semester is below a 2.0 and the student is suspended again,no appeal is possible and the non-enrollment period is in effect.
  • The third suspension results in University Dismissal with no readmission possible. 
  • Student may not take more than 16 credit hours.
  • As noted in the suspension paragraph and chart, the student may not return in a summer term. An exception might be approved in writing from the primary major’s college dean and University Registrar, if there is a demonstration that: 1) The student is only repeating D or F graded courses, AND, 2) The repeated courses can be calculated upon successful completion with a minimum of C or better grade in each course, resulting in a GPA that lifts the student out of an academic suspension status.

Rules Governing Student University Representation

Students on academic probation are subject to restrictions related to the participation in activities that may require absence from academic courses, based on the following criteria:

Students on academic probation at the start of a term, who also have a cumulative Belmont GPA below 2.0: Students in this category will not be permitted to represent the university in activities which require, or allow voluntary, absence(s) from academic courses during that semester. This applies to all students including those who participate in regularly scheduled activities for organizations such as athletics (both a team members or in roles that support athletic teams or their practices), academic teams, performance groups, or any other University organization. 

Students who do not begin the semester on academic probation but who have a GPA below 2.0 in one, or more, course(s) at mid-term: Students in this category may not represent the university in activities which would require them to miss classes in which they are deficient. If the deficiency is removed, the Dean of the college sponsoring the representing group / team may grant permission for the student to participate after an academic review.

Students on academic or disciplinary probation cannot participate in study abroad programs (see Study Abroad page at https://www.belmont.edu/study-abroad/index.html). 

The university reserves the right to stipulate a student must be in good standing to travel and miss classes.

Double Majors

A student has the option to add a second major to the first or “primary” major. The first or primary major determines the associated degree being sought and with it the BELL Core (general education) requirements. For example, a student declares music business as the primary major, the degree defaults to a Bachelor of Business Administration as the only degree option for a music business major.  

  • If the choice of two majors (or more) have different degrees options, the student must choose a primary degree to follow, meaning that the associated BELL Core, (and specifically the required BELL Core Degree Cognates) with that degree is required. For example, a history major has a degree choice between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science as listed in the academic catalog. As selected by the student, the degree of choice prescribes the BELL Core requirements and its Degree Cognates.
  • If a student declares two majors but does not select a primary degree, and the two majors carry has the same degree option, then the degree program will default to the degree that is applicable to both majors. (e.g. Religious Studies B.A., and History B.A. / B.S., the default is the B.A.).

Exceptions to the basic guiding policy for student selecting the primary major where the degree is pre-determined and defaulted by Belmont as follows:

  • A degree in which a state or national license or unique identifier to specific field of study is primary and thus the default degree (e.g. BSN; SWK).
  • A major that requires or that has professional or career licensing or certification contingent on a specific degree will be considered the default degree
  • For example a student seeking national certifications found in coordination with an Exercise Science major will default to a BS degree as the “primary.”


In some cases the degree has benefits in degree progression and often pre-requisites corresponding to the major and should be considered as the primary / default (e.g. BBA).

If a student is a double major and drops one major, then the student must choose (or confirm) the degree if the remaining major sought has degree options (e.g. some majors have a B.A. or B.S. option). If the remaining major only has one degree option then that becomes the default degree. Students must be mindful that dropping a major could result in a change of degree and thus a change in some required BELL Core Degree Cognates.

A student that opts to add a second major to a primary degree should always review in the catalog technical or pre-requisite courses required for the second major that may not be required for the first major or be represented in the primary required BELL Core Degree Cognates.

Double majors are not required to have a minor.

Unique provisions in double majors with duplicate courses

In the case of a student with two majors that have some of the exact same course requirements for both majors, up to 2 courses (not to exceed 8 hours) will be “waived” in the student’s secondary major that are duplicated in the primary major.

If more than two courses are duplicated in the double major the student in coordination with the major advisor must find appropriate substitute course(s). All other requirements for both majors must be completed.

Majors with a duplicate course in a minor

In the case of a student with a major that has at least one exact same course requirement for both the major and minor, up to 1 course (not to exceed 4 hours) can be “waived” in the minor. If more than one course is duplicated in the major and minor then a course substitution will be required in the minor.


In all cases of course waivers, students must still meet residency requirements in the major and minor. Total hours to meet minimum requirements for the program of study and degree must also be met.

Double Degrees

A double degree is defined as earning more than one bachelor’s degree concurrently with a different bachelor’s degree. Students enrolled prior to June 1, 2018 who had already formally declared a double degree (no later than November 2017) and remained on the BELL Core (General Education) for each degree officially with their catalog of entry, may complete the double degree. Such students may also change to a double major. All double degrees must be completed by summer 2021.

Students entering after June 1, 2018, or not having formally declared a double degree by November 2017 are not eligible to seek double degrees except for a (Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) as follows:

The student must be accepted into the BSN degree program. This is the primary degree, with the BBA degree as the second degree program. All BELL Core courses must be completed for both degrees, including associated Degree Cognates with each degree and all major level course requirements in both majors.

Curriculum Information

Major/Minor Requirements

Belmont offers more than 100 undergraduate majors through its ten colleges and one school – Business Administration, Entertainment and Music Business, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Sciences and Mathematics, Theology and Christian Ministry, Music and Performing Arts, O’More College of Architecture and Design, Watkins College of Art, University College and the College of Education. The major / minor links on this page may be used to review Belmont’s majors offered with specific degrees, minors, and programs eligible for teacher licensure.

Each department sets forth its individual requirements for a major and a minor. Majors must be a minimum of 30 credit hours and minors a minimum of 18 hours. A student should choose a major field of study as early as possible. All students must “declare” a major and minor (if required in the field of study) prior to the junior year. A student changing his/her major or minor must notify the Office of the Registrar and file the appropriate change of Program form. The form is available on the Office of the Registrar webpage and in the Belmont Central Office.  A student may seek licensure to teach in the State of Tennessee by completing state licensure requirements through the College of Education. For more information on major/minor forms, see graduation section of this catalog.

Curriculum for Working Adults

This university is committed to meeting the educational needs of working adults. To this end, Belmont systematically offers the general education core on a rotating basis so that each course is offered in the evening at least once each fourth semester.

It should be pointed out, however, that Belmont will be unable to guarantee that any student can fulfill all degree requirements for traditional majors by attending only evening classes.

For a more complete explanation of programs specifically designed to meet the needs of working adults, see the University College  section of this bulletin.

FERPA and Privacy

FERPA - Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

What does “FERPA” stand for and why is it important?

  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
  • This federal law requires Belmont to protect the privacy of students’ education records

Rights guaranteed to students by FERPA

  • The right of access to education records
  • The right to consent to the release of records to third parties
  • The right to challenge inaccurate or misleading information in an education record
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning non-compliance with FERPA

Do parents or legal guardians have access to a student’s education records?

  • A student, regardless of age, is the “legal entity” once he or she begins to attend Belmont. FERPA rights belong to the student, not the parent or guardian.
  • This means that students must consent before a record is disclosed to the parents or legal guardians.
  • A student can authorize Belmont to discuss his/her educational records with parents/guardians by filling out the Consent to Release Educational Records.

What are education records?

Information recorded in any form that is directly related to a student and maintained by a college or university and by those acting for the college or university.

When is Consent Not Required?

  • To individuals within the university with legitimate educational interest
  • To officials at an institution in which student seeks to enroll
  • To comply with a court order or subpoena
  • To parents of students who are dependents for income tax purposes
  • To parents in cases of drug or alcohol violation when the student is under the age of 21
  • In connection with a health or safety emergency if necessary to protect the student or others
  • If the data is considered directory information

What is Directory Information?

  • Name, address, telephone number
  • Campus e-mail address
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Dates of attendance, degrees and awards received
  • Previous educational agencies or institutions attended
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams

What if a student wants to prohibit the disclosure of directory information as well?

  • Students who do not want their directory information released may visit the Office of the Registrar to complete the appropriate form. Once the form is filed, the student’s record is flagged as “confidential” and no directory information is disclosed except as required by FERPA.
  • The confidentiality hold prohibits the release of information including but not limited to transcripts, enrollment verifications, and degree verifications.
  • If the student needs Belmont to release information from the student record, the request must be made in writing, accompanied by legal proof of identity. This applies whether the information is for the student’s personal use or for use by a third party.
  • Graduation, withdrawal and dismissal from the university do not automatically lift the confidential status on a student’s record. The record will remain confidential until the status is revoked by the student, in writing, accompanied by legal proof of identity.
  • If a confidentiality request is not filed, Belmont University assumes that a student does not object to the release of directory information.

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Procedures for Protecting Students Privacy in Distance Education Courses

Belmont University is committed to protecting student privacy for students enrolled in all courses regardless of the mode of instruction (on-line, hybrid, classroom, etc.). All of the university policies regarding student privacy and information security applied through FERPA apply to distance education courses. Faculty teaching distance education courses are expected to uphold these polices and follow these procedures:

  • Teach distance education courses using BlackBoard, the University’s learning management system, in order to ensure security of student work and grades.
  • Use the University’s secure BannerWeb site to report student grades.
  • Use BlackBoard or the University’s email system for all official, confidential communication such as providing feedback on student work, releasing grade or course progress information to students, etc.
  • Keep student work, scores or grades confidential. Students in the course should not have access to other students’ work or grades.
  • Keep course BlackBoard or UR email account information secure. Do not share any login information with anyone, give anyone unauthorized access to the BlackBoard course or assign a student the role of instructor or graduate assistant in BlackBoard unless the graduate assistant is assigned a teaching role in the class and has an educational need to know.
  • Follow FERPA guidelines for sharing student educational record information with other faculty, staff, parents or others outside the university.

Graduation Requirements

All students must officially “declare” a major / minor by 64 credit hours. After the major/minor form has been filed at Belmont Central, the student must follow the courses which must be taken in order to graduate. The program of study courses can be be seen in the university catalog.  Any course that does not follow the catalog (for the degree program) in course title must have a substitution form (Program of Study Change Form) submitted. These can be obtained from the advisor or the Dean of the College.

Students must file a graduation application online through their “My Belmont” account by the posted deadlines for each graduation date. These dates are listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of this catalog. At the beginning of the semester of that graduation, the student will be billed for the non-refundable graduation fee. If a student fails to complete the graduation process in a given semester (as requested on the student’s Graduation Application), the student must reapply for graduation and an additional $50 fee is charged for each subsequent application.

General Degree Requirements:

  1. A minimum of 128 semester hours of university work numbered 1000 and above, with a minimum of 32 credit hours taken in residence at Belmont University. Some majors may require more than the minimum of 128 credit hours in order to earn the degree.
  2. The last 32 semester hours of course work on which a degree is granted must be done in residence at Belmont (with the exception of approved active articulation agreements), unless a Senior Residency Waiver is granted by the University Registrar for specific credit hours. (See Senior Residency Waiver Policy at the bottom of this page)
  3. C average (2.0) G.P.A. on the total hours attempted at Belmont University and an overall cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 from all postsecondary institutions, colleges and universities attended. GPAs are not rounded.
  4. C average (2.0) G.P.A. is required over all work done in both the major and the minor areas (including all transfer work except for courses determined not to be transferable that are remedial or orientation). GPAs are not rounded.
  5. All degree requirements (including convocation/Well Core) must be finished and officially recorded with the University Registrar prior to commencement in order to be eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony.
  6. 24 hours of a student’s major must be in courses numbered 2000 or above, unless otherwise approved under that major in the university catalog.
  7. A completed minor of at least 18 hours is required of every student, except those seeking the Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Fine Arts, University College students, students who have double majors, those seeking elementary licensure, or majors approved in the catalog without a minor required. Students may not minor in the same subject discipline as the major (i.e. have the same major and minor), unless university approved and so stated under that major in the university catalog. A minimum of 6 hours of the minor must be taken at Belmont.
  8. A completed major of at least 30 hours. A minimum of 12 hours of the major must be taken at Belmont.
  9. A student may graduate by meeting degree requirements listed in the university catalog for either the year in which she/he enters Belmont University or the one for the year in which she/he graduates. A student who is not enrolled for a period of two (2) consecutive academic years must meet the graduation requirements for either the university catalog under which he/she reenters Belmont or the one for the year in which he/she graduates.
  10. At least 64 hours must be taken from accredited senior colleges and universities.
  11. To fulfill graduation requirements, students must earn a specified number of credits as designated in the University WELL Core Program
  12. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Registrar’s Office regarding the applicability of transfer work to the Belmont degree program.
  13. The general policies and procedures in the latest (current) edition of the university catalog are always applicable to all students.

Second Bachelor’s Degrees

14. The holder of a bachelor’s degree from Belmont University wishing to pursue a second degree from Belmont University must complete all the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 30 hours must be completed at Belmont, plus any Bell Core (General Education) requirements not previously earned for the new degree.1
  • A student seeking a second degree at Belmont may not earn the same degree previously earned.
  • The requirement for a minor is waived for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree.
  • A major as outlined in the catalog must be completed.
  • A student earning a second (different) degree is eligible to participate in graduation commencement. The graduation GPA calculation will be the cumulative GPA of all academic work. GPAs are not rounded.

15. The holder of a bachelor’s degree from another university wishing to pursue a second degree from Belmont University must complete all the following requirements:

  • A minimum of 32 hours must be completed at Belmont, plus any Bell Core (General Education) requirements not previously earned for the new degree.1
  • A student seeking a second degree at Belmont may not earn the same degree previously earned.
  • The requirement for a minor is waived for students who have an earned bachelor’s degree.
  • A major as outlined in the catalog must be completed.
  • A student earning a second (different) degree is eligible to participate in graduation commencement. The graduation GPA calculation will be the cumulative GPA of all academic work.

Students who have previously completed a four-year, baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. university shall be exempt from Bell Core (General Education) requirements at Belmont, except for the six-hour Religion requirement and Bell Core courses required of that degree not previously earned in the prior degree as follows: the math requirements for the B.S. and B.B.A. degree (whichever degree is sought) and two 2000+ level same language requirement for those seeking the B.A. All second degrees must include minimum hours matching the student in either 15 or 16 above, plus it includes the complete “major” requirements, plus unmet Bell Core courses as outlined above.

Date of Degree Award Policy 

The official date of the award of a Belmont degree corresponds to the date of a Belmont commencement ceremony. To be eligible for award of degree the degree candidate on a specific commencement date must:

  • Meet the requirements for degree outlined in the General Degree Requirements section of the catalog above.
  • The student has applied for a commencement ceremony (graduation application) with the expectation all degree requirements will be completed by that date.
  • In some cases of exception, an extension may be granted by the Office of the Registrar for required course work to come in with successful grades within 30 days of the commencement ceremony date of the student’s graduation application.
    • The 30 days following commencement allows for example already registered course resolutions of an incomplete grade(s), or in-progress grade(s), or an official transcript from a concurrently enrollment institution (with previously approved by the Office of the Registrar). Thus, all course requirements are successfully met for the degree sought.
  • If 30 days is exceeded without successful course(s) resolution then the student must apply for the next eligible commencement / degree award date. For example a student does not resolve an IP grade for May commencement / award of the degree, must apply for an ensuing commencement / degree award date such as August.

Belmont degree recipient adding a major post-graduation.

Students may elect to add another major post-graduation when that major is taken with no intention of earning a degree. Because a student may not earn the same degree again, this may be the option used if the major is exclusively within a degree already earned. Upon completion of the requirements for the second major, the transcript will note the original degree GPA, the GPA of the additional work, and add in the comment section at the top of the transcript “second major completed in (name of major), (date).”

Undergraduate Senior Residency and Waiver

All degree seeking students are required to take their last 32 credit hours in their degree / program at Belmont University. Prior to registration for the course(s), students seeking to take courses outside of Belmont must request a waiver of the senior residency requirement. Any credit hours taken without prior approval will not be accepted in transfer. See the Senior Residence Waiver policy and criteria on the Transfer Credit page.

Students approved for Senior Residency or in a Study Abroad program in their final semester of study are responsible to ensure that official grades are received by the deadline for all graduating senior grades near the end of the term. Without grades, completion of degree requirements cannot be confirmed. Students not meeting degree requirements may not participate in graduation / commencement.

Course Substitution 

A course substitution may be considered when a student demonstrates competency through completion of another course with similar content and learning outcomes.  In addition, if petitioning to substitute with a transfer course, a final grade of C- or higher is required to fulfill a BELL Core or Honors Curriculum, major, or minor requirement. With prior written approval from the course subject administrator or college dean, institutional courses offered as a pilot, special topic, independent study, or special study may be substituted for a major or minor. Substitutions for a BELL Core requirement must receive written approval from the BELL Core Director.  

Exceptions are rare but students may petition for a course waiver based upon substantial evidence of content mastery as assessed by the department chair as well as college dean or designated college academic administrator.

Students are responsible for initiating a request for review of a course substitution or waiver. For evidence of topics and content covered in a transfer course, students must provide a course description from the prior institution’s catalog. Students may be required to provide a copy of a course syllabus when specific content and learning outcomes are required for a substitution or waiver. Upon consulting with the primary academic advisor, students must complete a course substitution form and attach the course documentation (e.g. course description or syllabus). Next forward the completed form and documentation to the academic department chair of the subject for review and approval. Students are responsible for monitoring their academic progress as provided in their degree audit and catalog. The degree audit reflects application of enrolled Belmont and transferred courses.    

Academic Honors (Graduation)

Academic honors are calculated on all grades from all institutions of higher education attended. Undergraduate students who earn a Grade Point Average (G.P.A.) between 3.50 and 3.749 are graduated Cum laude (with honors). Students who earn a G.P.A. between 3.75 and 3.949, are graduated Magna cum laude (with high honors). Students who earn a G.P.A. between 3.950 and 4.00 are graduated Summa cum laude (with highest honors).

Graduate (Master and Doctorate) Degree Requirements

  • Complete the specified program curriculum.
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or better (unless stated otherwise in a specific graduate school program)
  • Complete all degree requirements within the time period specified for each program if such a time-frame is specified. Time limits shall be computed from and will include the first term of credit applied to the degree program.
  • Meet the minimum credit hours published in the catalog for that program.
  • All graduate programs must have 30 semester credit hours or greater. Credit hour requirements for award of the sought degree are specified in the program’s curriculum published in the University Graduate Catalog for each program and degree.


Students must file a graduation application online through their “My Belmont” account by the posted deadlines for each graduation date. These dates are listed in the Academic Calendar in the front of this catalog. The student will be billed for a non-refundable graduation fee of $250 for candidates of a Master degree and $275 for candidates of a Doctoral degree to cover graduation expenses of academic regalia and diploma. An additional $100 fee will be charged for late applications and an additional $50 fee will be charged for each subsequent application, due to failure to complete the graduation process.