All Tennessee public universities and community colleges in the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) system share a common lower-division general education core curriculum of forty-one (41) semester hours for baccalaureate degrees and the Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Fine Arts (A.F.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), and the Associate of Science in Teaching (A.S.T.) degrees. Lower-division means freshman and sophomore courses. The courses comprising the general education curriculum are contained within the following subject categories:
Baccalaureate Degrees and A.A., A.F.A., A.S., and A.S.T. Degrees*
Humanities and/or Fine Arts
(At least one course must be in literature.)
||Foreign language courses are an additional requirement for the A.A. and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees. Six hours of the same foreign language are required for the A.A. degree and twelve hours are required for the B.A.
||Six hours of English Composition and three hours in English oral presentation communication are required.
||Students who lack the required one unit (one year) of American history from high school as an admissions requirement must complete six (6) semester hours of American History or three (3) semester hours of American History and three (3) semester hours of Tennessee History to fulfill the history requirement in general education. Otherwise, students may choose from among the history courses approved at a particular institution to fulfill the six-semester hour requirement in history.
Although the courses designated by TBR institutions to fulfill the requirements of the general education subject categories vary, transfer of the courses is assured through the following means:
- Upon completion of an A.A., A.F.A, A.S., or A.S.T. degree, the requirements of the lower-division general education core will be complete and accepted by a Tennessee public university in the transfer process.
- If an A.A., A.F.A, A.S., or A.S.T. degree is not obtained, transfer of general education courses will be based upon fulfillment of complete subject categories. (Example: If all eight hours in the category of Natural Sciences are complete, then this “block” of the general education core is complete and will transfer.) When a subject category is incomplete, course-by-course evaluation will be necessary. The provision of block fulfillment pertains also to students who transfer within Tennessee public universities.
- Institutional/departmental requirements that a grade of “C” must be earned will be honored. Even if credit is granted for a course, any specific requirements for the grade of “C” by the receiving institution will be enforced. In certain majors, specific courses must be taken in general education. It is important that students and advisors be aware of any major requirements that must be fulfilled using courses from the lower-division general education core.
Courses designated to fulfill general education by Nashville State Community College are included in this catalog. A complete listing of the courses fulfilling general education requirements for all system institutions is available on the TBR Web site (www.tbr.edu) under Transfer and Articulation.
General Education Competencies
Graduates of all Nashville State degree programs are expected to demonstrate competence in six areas needed for success in employment and in pursuit of additional education.
- Write clear, well-organized documents.
- Know how to locate, evaluate, and use information sources.
- Prepare and deliver well-organized oral presentations.
- Apply mathematical concepts to problems and situations.
- Use critical thinking skills.
- Apply scientific thought processes to a range of situations.