May 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy - A.S. (TTP)

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For more information on this program, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at

The Philosophy Associate of Science degree studies what the best minds have thought about the questions that are most important. Questions about what we know and how we know it, about what is real, true, and good, and about how to live well. To study philosophy is to enter into a dialogue about the nature of our existence, our place in the world and the universe, and what the possibilities and limits are of our ability to know these things. Primarily, philosophy is concerned with questions, the answers to which are not readily available from science, religion, or appeals to common sense. The Associate of Science degree is a two-year program for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or related fields.

Transfer Options:
The Tennessee Transfer Pathway (TTP) degree is designed to create a smooth transition to all public universities offering a Baccalaureate degree in this major by guaranteeing the transferability of all courses. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note:  There are to be no course substitutions in this program. 

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the Educational Testing Service Proficiency Profile (ETSP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Philosophy Electives Credits: (6)
  • University Parallel Electives (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (13)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


¹ Students who plan to transfer to UT Chattanooga should not take a PHIL prefix course to fulfill a General Education requirement.

² Students who plan to transfer to ETSU should take MATH 1530 (Probability and Statistics) to fulfill the General Education math requirement.

Recommended Schedule

This is a recommended schedule.  Learning Support, pre-requisites and other academic factors may impact this schedule.  See your advisor to create a degree plan.

DegreeWorks, along with the correct catalog, should be utilized by students for all of their educational planning.  Students can monitor their progress toward a degree or certificate and view missing requirements with the DegreeWorks audit, which is accessible through My Volstate.

First Year - Fall Semester - Credits (15)

First Year - Spring Semester - Credits (15)

Second Year - Fall Semester - Credits (16)

Second Year - Spring Semester - Credits (14)

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