Jun 22, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

University Parallel, A.A. - Philosophy (TTP)

Degree: Associate of Arts
Major: University Parallel
Area of Emphasis: Philosophy

For more information, contact the Humanities division at 615-230-3200 or at humanities@volstate.edu.

This pathway 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. This pathway is for students planning to continue their education to earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or related fields.

Transfer Options
Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTPs) are advising tools designed to help community college students plan for transferring to a Tennessee public university or select regionally accredited, non-profit Tennessee private colleges and universities to complete their baccalaureate degree. The TTPs also constitute an agreement between community colleges and four-year colleges/universities confirming that community college courses meet major preparation requirements. For transfer to other four-year institutions, contact an advisor at the senior institution.  Note: Due to the transferability to a four-year institution, there are to be no course substitutions where a specific course is required in the TTP curriculum guide.  

All students graduating with a degree from VSCC are required to take the E-Proficiency Profile (EPP) to meet graduation requirements. More information can be found at https://www.volstate.edu/graduation/exit-exams.

CIP Code: (16) 24.0101.01

General Education Requirements - Credits (41)

Area of Emphasis Requirements - Credits (19)

  • Foreign Language (Two-Semester Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (6) 2
  • Philosophy Electives (PHIL Prefix) Credits: (6)
  • University Parallel Elective (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (7)

Total Degree Requirements - Credits (60)


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

Completion of two semesters of the same foreign language at the 1000 level is the requirement for the A.A. degree.  Students who plan to transfer to ETSU, UT Martin, the University of Memphis or UT Knoxville will need to complete two more semesters of the same foreign language at the 2000 level for the Bachelor of Arts degree.

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)

  • Foreign Language (Two-Semester Sequence in a Single Foreign Language) Credits: (3) 2
  • Natural Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (4)
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3)
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts  (See General Education Requirements in Catalog) Credits: (3) 1
  • University Parallel Electives (Any Non-Asterisk Course) Credits: (1)