English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages

English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages

The English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages division offers courses in learning support (college-prep), composition, creative writing, technical writing, speech communications, foreign languages, 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, art or language 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 Support English and Reading

Initial Course Placement
The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in reading, writing and/or math before enrolling in college-level courses or that students enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop the necessary competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in reading, writing, and/or math. Students who place into the lowest levels in reading, writing and math should take the necessary course and co-requisites in reading and writing before attempting mathematics.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites for NSCC Courses
All entering students will be assigned to a placement level in English (Writing) and Reading depending on their ACT, COMPASS, or SAT scores in those areas. Successful completion of Level 1 progresses students to Level 2. Students who completed all Learning Support competencies in those areas prior to Fall 2015 are categorized as Level 2.

When advising, use these learning support PDF documents to place students into an appropriate co-requisite experience to gain learning support competencies using the model below.

Advising for Learning Support English and Reading (PDF)
Learning Support Advising Quick Sheet (PDF)

Levels for English

Level ACT English sub-score COMPASS Writing Skills SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 17 or below 76 or below 440 or below ENGL 1010 + ENGL 0815
2 18 or higher 77 or higher 450 or above ENGL 1010

Levels for Reading

Level ACT Reading sub-score COMPASS Reading SAT Critical Reading Placement
1 18 or below 82 or below 450 or below Designated college-level course + READ 0815
2 19 or higher 83 or higher 460 or above Any college-level course for which reading competency is a prerequisite

Students who test into a co-requisite experience in reading, writing or math may challenge the initial test placement by retaking the COMPASS placement test. Forms to take the COMPASS can be obtained from the Admissions office. COMPASS testing takes place in the Testing Center.

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 Communications help 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.

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 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:

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

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

Division Fax Number: 615-353-3736

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