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Contact the Philosophy Program at 615-353-3531

"One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” - Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra

University Parallel Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Areas of Emphasis

The Philosophy Program offers courses for the University Parallel Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree Areas of Emphasis for students who will transfer to a four-year college or university. A.A. and A.S. Degree Areas of Emphasis include 41 credit hours of required General Education Core courses, and 19 credit hours of recommended Area of Emphasis courses.

Philosophy AA/AS Degree Area of Emphasis - Advising Sheet

A.A. and A.S. Degree areas of emphasis suggest the courses that are most likely to transfer, but are not guaranteed. It is always best to contact your selected transfer university as early as possible.

Please see the NSCC Catalog for more information about General Education Core Requirements, the Philosophy A.A./A.S. Degree Area of Emphasis program requirements, course descriptions and syllabi.

Check the current Class Schedule for course availability.

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NSCC Philosophy Club

The NSCC Philosophy Club welcomes all wisdom seekers.

  • Meetings, open to everyone, provide opportunities to analyze pressing philosophical questions and debate answers.
  • Most meetings focus on a particular theme or group of themes. For example, we’ve talked about freedom, love, violence, rights, selfishness, etc.
  • Participants can receive:
    • Intellectual stimulation and enlightenment.
    • Opportunities to display their own brilliance, or to bask in others’.
    • A bulleted item under “extra-curricular activities” on a résumé or CV.
    • Multiple additional benefits, supernal and sublime.

Contact Information
If you are interested in becoming a Philosophy Club member or an officer, please contact:
Don Turner: 615-353-3778,
Janusz Polanowski: 615-353-3031,

Program Faculty

Janusz Polanowski, Associate Professor
Office: K-205G • Phone: 615-353-3031
B.A., University of Georgia
M.A., Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University

Donald Turner, Assistant Professor
Office: K-205H • Phone: 615-353-3778
B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee, TN
M.S., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN
Ph.D., Denver University, Denver, CO
Specialty Areas: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy