Social and Life Sciences

Division Announcement

Prospective ESL Students: Michigan Testing information, schedule, and reservations for Summer 2016 and Fall 2016 semester enrollment are available now: Michigan Plus Test Dates

Social and Life Sciences

The Social and Life Sciences division offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Science in Teaching programs for students transferring to a university, as well as career oriented one-year technical certificate programs and two-year Associate of Applied Science degrees. While the division's academic programs are diverse in their offerings, all courses are designed to build critical thinking and problem-solving skills that students will need as they enter the workforce or transfer to four-year degree programs.


English as a Second Language (ESL)

Available Now: Michigan Testing for Summer and Fall 2016
Click here to schedule your Michigan Plus Test.

Contact ESL Coordinator Wendy Dierberger.
Email: ~ Office Hours: 8:00am–4:30pm
Main Campus Mon, Wed, Thurs: Office D-9, D Bldg; 615-353-3380
Southeast Campus Tues, Fri: Room 1502; 615-916-5591

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.

Michigan Tests for Spring semester enrollment begin in October. Test information, schedule and reservations are available now: Michigan Plus Test Dates

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.

Main Campus Location: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
D Building, Room D-9 on the Main Campus
120 White Bridge Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
Map to Main Campus

Southeast Campus Location: Tuesdays and Fridays
8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Room 1502 on the Southeast Campus
5248 Hickory Hollow Pkwy.
Antioch, TN 37013
Map to Southeast Campus

Contact Us
ESL Coordinator: Wendy Dierberger
Main Campus Phone: 615-353-3380
Southeast Campus Phone: 615-916-5591

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

Early Childhood Education
Health Sciences
Occupational Therapy Assistant

Technical Certificates

Central Processing Technology
Early Childhood Education
Surgical Technology

General Education

History and Social Sciences

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees 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, see the NSCC Catalog, and visit for more TTP information. View TTP video

AA/AS Tennessee Transfer Pathways Course Requirements (PDF documents)
Exercise Science A.S. Degree
History A.A. Degree
History A.S. Degree
Political Science A.A. Degree
Political Science A.S. Degree
Pre-Health Professions A.S. Degree
Pre-Nursing A.S. Degree
Pre-Occupational Therapy A.S. Degree
Pre-Physical Therapy A.S. Degree
Psychology A.A. Degree
Psychology A.S. Degree
Social Work A.A. Degree
Social Work A.S. Degree
Sociology A.A. Degree
Sociology A.S. Degree
Special Education A.S. Degree

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees Areas of Emphasis

Students can choose to earn an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis 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.

AA/AS Area of Emphasis Course Requirements (PDF documents)
Child Development and Family Relations (A.S. Only)
Early Childhood Education (A.S. Only)
Elementary Education (A.S. Only)
Middle Grades Education (A.S. Only)
Pre-Nursing (A.S. Only)
Secondary Education (A.S. Only)

Associate of Science in Teaching (AST) Degrees

Please see the Catalog or the Education Programs website for more information on the K-5 Elementary Education A.S.T. degree program, or the Early Childhood Education program website for more information on the Early Childhood Education Pre K-3rd A.S.T. degree program.

A.S.T. Degree Programs Advising Sheets (PDF documents):
Associate of Science in Teaching - K-5 Elementary Education
Associate of Science in Teaching - Early Childhood Education Pre K-3rd

Contact Information

Latisha Cox, Division Secretary
Phone: 615-353-3347 • Office D-15

Julie Williams, Division Dean
Phone: 615-353-3346 • Office D-16

Division Fax Number: 615-353-3376

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Catalog and Class Schedule

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

See Class Schedule for course availability.

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