English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages

English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages

The English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages division offers courses in learning support (college-prep), ESL, 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 for Fall 2015

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 As of Fall 2015, 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.

Advising for Learning Support English and Reading Fall 2015 (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 Support English and Reading for Spring/Summer 2015

The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students demonstrate the appropriate skill levels before enrolling in college-level courses. Learning Support courses allow students to practice writing and reading skills needed for college-level math courses and other transfer courses. Entrance requirements and/or testing determine placement, and placement in college-prep courses is determined upon admission to the college. ACT/SAT scores, COMPASS test scores, or other relevant information determines whether a student needs to enroll in Learning Support courses in reading, writing, and/or math. After completing the required Learning Support course(s), a student may enroll in college-level courses.

Learning Support Reading and Writing
The English, Humanities, Arts, and Languages division offers college-prep courses in writing and reading. Learning Support courses are taught by highly-qualified faculty dedicated to helping students learn the skills they need to be successful in college-level courses. Learning Support courses are computer-based.

  • Writing
    ENGL 0810 Learning Support English I (3 Credit Hours)
    ENGL 0820 Learning Support English II (1 Credit Hour)
    ENGL 0820 is designed to allow students to complete ENGL 0810 requirements.
  • Reading
    READ 0810 Learning Support Reading I (3 Credit Hours)
    READ 0820 Learning Support Reading II (1 Credit Hour)
    READ 0820 is designed to allow students to complete READ 0810 requirements.
  • Faculty
    Heidi Blaisdell, Assistant Professor, ENGL 0810, 615-353-3755
    Lynn Lozier, Associate Professor, READ 0810, 615-353-3368
    Kathy Sorenson, Instructor, READ 0810, 615-916-5870

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Program of Study for English as a Second Language Speakers

Nashville State offers four levels of ESL (English as a Second Language) courses from the advanced beginner level to the low advanced level. These courses are designed to teach immigrants and international students academic English to prepare them for college-level coursework.

English Placement
Students who do not have English as their first/home language take the Michigan Plus Test for English placement unless they score 19 or higher on the Reading and English portions of the ACT, or have transfer credit for ENGL 1010 from a U.S. college. Michigan Plus Test scores are used for placement purposes only at Nashville State and cannot be reported to other institutions.

ESL Accommodations
ESL accommodations may be available for those who complete all recommended ESOL courses. Those who do not wish to take ESOL courses must sign a waiver of ESL assistance and are not eligible for ESL accommodations.

Student Services Building, S-110
on the Main Campus
120 White Bridge Road
Nashville, TN 37209
Map to Main Campus

Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact Us
ESL Testing Specialist: Elizabeth Stein
Email: Elizabeth.Stein@nscc.edu
Phone: 615-353-3380

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.


Tetrahedra is an independent, nonprofit journal published annually 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. Submissions should be sent electronically to Dean Armstrong: Patricia.Armstrong@nscc.edu
  9. Submissions must be received on or before noon on May 29.

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:

  • 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

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

Campus Directory

Catalog and Class Schedule

See NSCC Catalog for program requirements, recommended schedules, course descriptions and syllabi.

See Class Schedule for course availability.

Ayman, ESL

My classes have given me the courage to practice English and get the help I need to improve my speaking and listening skills. The teachers are friendly and do their best to improve our English.

Ayman, ESL

Lauren, Transfer Student

It is a great idea to go to Nashville State for your general ed. requirements. It is more affordable than a traditional four-year institution and I love the fact that the class sizes are smaller.

Lauren, Transfer Student

Mike, General Studies

As a first-time college student, the faculty and smaller classes have really helped me move along with my work. I never thought I would be succeeding in college.

Mike, General Studies

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