English, Humanities and Arts

English, Humanities and Arts

The English, Humanities, and Arts division offers courses in learning support (college-prep), composition, creative writing, technical writing, speech communications, literature, art, studio art, philosophy, and music. General education core courses fulfill requirements for Associate of Arts, Associate of Fine Arts and Associate of Science degree Tennessee Transfer Pathways, and University Parallel Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degree areas of emphasis.


NOTE: Students cannot enroll in degree-level English, humanities, or art courses until any required learning support coursework has been completed. Check the catalog for requirements and prerequisites.

Tennessee Transfer Pathways
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) help students transfer to a Tennessee public university to complete their baccalaureate degree. Completing all the courses listed on a particular Tennessee Transfer Pathway will earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at Nashville State and all courses are guaranteed to count toward that university major. The prescribed curriculum for each Transfer Pathway must be followed exactly to ensure all hours transfer. Talk to an advisor, click the program advising sheets to the right, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit www.tntransferpathway.org for more TTP information. View TTP video

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degree Area of Emphasis
Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Philosophy at Nashville State, then transfer to a four-year university to complete their baccalaureate degree. AA/AS degree areas of emphasis courses do not represent requirements for any specific university. In planning the courses to be taken at Nashville State, students first choose the four-year university that they plan to attend, consult the catalog of the transfer university for specific degree requirements, and meet with their Nashville State advisor to match up the courses offered at Nashville State with the courses required at their future four-year university.

Learning Objectives

Our learning objectives focus on critical thinking, appreciation of other cultures, the ability to synthesize information, execution of competent research skills, understanding the significance of the humanities, moral reasoning, objective interpretation, effective communication skills, and contextual interpretation. Students planning to transfer should consult with the transfer institution to ensure a smooth transition between colleges.


In addition to supporting the mission of the college as a whole, the mission of our division is “to inspire students to be creative, critical thinkers who communicate effectively and who value lifelong intellectual and aesthetic growth.”

English / Communication

English courses are offered in composition, professional writing, and literature. Students learn about organizational patterns, literary development, and modes of thought while gaining practical experience in writing and speaking. Courses in Speech Communicationshelp students enhance and refine verbal and interpersonal skills.

Humanities / Arts

Humanities courses include the disciplines of philosophy, art appreciation/history, music, and literature. Such courses help students examine different ways of interpreting the human experience both as a collective and as individuals. By analyzing values, culture, tradition, creativity, and human nature, students are able to better understand their life experiences and how those experiences relate to the human condition.


Tetrahedra is an independent, nonprofit journal published annually each spring by Nashville State. The journal recognizes the artistic talents of the Nashville State community through the publication of selected poems, short fiction, essays, art work, and photographs. Our goal is to promote the humanities and to offer our campus community the opportunity to share their work. Current students, alumni, staff, and faculty are encouraged to submit manuscripts and artwork/photographs for review.

Guidelines for Submissions:

  1. Must be accompanied by a brief autobiography.
  2. Must be typed in Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format, 12-point font.
  3. Poems should be limited to 50 lines.
  4. Send poems, short fiction or essays as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf attachment.
  5. Send art of photographs as a .jpg or .jpeg attachment.
  6. Limit essays and short fiction to 1,000 words.
  7. Each person may submit a maximum of six entries in all media.
  8. Submission should be e-mailed to: Tetrahedra editor: phyllis.gobbell@nscc.edu
  9. Submit on or before February 1st.

For more information, please call 615-353-3531.

Honors College

The mission of the Honors Program at NSCC is to offer academically talented students the opportunity to enrich their college coursework.

Admission Requirements

Students with a strong academic record and a commitment to excellence are encouraged to apply. To be admitted, students must meet the following criteria:

Incoming freshmen must have:

  • A minimum ACT score of 26 (SAT of 1100), or
  • A minimum high school GPA of 3.5 or in the top 10% of their graduating class.

Returning students must have:

  • Taken at least one course for honors credit per semester,
  • Completed 12 semester hours of collegiate course work, and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5.


  • Students may participate in various enrichment activities, including attending and/or presenting at academic conferences, as well as field trips related to their academic studies.
  • Classroom opportunities are enhanced by close interaction with faculty on special projects.
  • Projects are designed to promote active investigation leading to a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
  • Students may participate in various enrichment activities, including field trips related to their academic studies.
  • Students receive special recognition at graduation as well as honors credit designations on transcripts.
  • Honors courses are transferable to most honors programs at institutions of higher learning within the state.

Honors Caveat

If the GPA of a student in the Honors Program falls below 3.5, the student may be kept in the program for one semester. If the GPA remains below 3.5 for two consecutive semesters, then the student will be suspended from the program. Students may petition the Honors Program Committee for reentry into the program after they have reestablished a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Honors Curriculum

Honors students are eligible to earn honors credit in the following courses by establishing a contract arrangement with the instructor:

ART 1030 - Art Appreciation
ART 2010 - Art History I
ART 2020 - Art History II
ENGL 1010 - English Composition I
ENGL 1020 - English Composition II
ENGL 2010 - Literature: Fiction
ENGL 2020 - Literature: Poetry and Drama
ENGL 2030 - Themes in Literature & Culture
ENGL 2110 - Survey of American Lit I
ENGL 2112 - Communication
ENGL 2120 - Survey of American Lit II
GEOG 1010 - World Regional Geography I
GEOG 1020 - World Regional Geography II
HIST 2010 - United States History I
HIST 2020 - United States History II
MATH 1910 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry I
MATH 1920 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry II
MATH 2110 - Calculus & Analytic Geometry III
MATH 2120 - Differential Equations
PHIL 1030 - Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1111 - Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2200 - World Religions
SPCH 1010 - Fundamentals of Speech Comm
SPCH 1112 - Speech
SPCH 2111 - Interpersonal Skills

Honors College Application
Honors College Contract

Contact Information

Students who meet the admission requirements and would like more information about the Honors Program may contact:

NSCC Cookeville Campus: Stacy Brown
Stacy.Brown@nscc.edu • Phone: 931-520-0551 ext. 116

NSCC Humphreys County Campus: Robin Cooper-Wilbanks
Robin.Cooper-Wilbanks@nscc.edu • Phone: 931-296-1739 ext. 317

NSCC Main Campus

Business, Applied Arts & Technologies:

  • Michael Frank (ECON 2010 - Macroeconomics)
    Michael.Frank@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3413
  • Melissa Walker (ECON 2020 - Microeconomics)
    Melissa.Walker@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3424

English, Humanties & Arts: Janusz Polanowski
Janusz.Polanowski@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3031

Math & Natural Sciences: Bernard Anderson
Bernard.Anderson@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3584

Social & Life Sciences: René Bataille, Senior Advisor
Rene.Bataille@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3525


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Contact Information

All students should talk to an advisor regarding course selection, class registration, and career pathways.

Patricia Armstrong, Dean, K-108G
Phone: 615-353-3531

Susan Tucker, Secretary III, K-108A
Phone: 615-353-3531

Helen Kunkel, Secretary II, K-205A
Phone: 615-353-3599

Division Fax Number: 615-353-3736

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