English, Humanities & Arts Division


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
ARTH 2010 - Art History I
ARTH 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

Link to Honors College Application
Link to Honors 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: Quenton Pulliam
Quenton.Pulliam@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3424

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

Math & Sciences: Lindsay McWilliams
Lindsay.McWilliams@nscc.edu • Phone: 615-353-3398

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


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