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Academics

South College offers more than 60 Certificate, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs to meet the needs of students across Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia. We are constantly developing new academic programs based on local, regional, and national employment trends for our locations in Knoxville, Nashville, Asheville and online. Each curriculum is designed is to prepare you for the career of your choice in a challenging and supportive environment. We’re here with you every step of the way, starting with the admissions process.

Academic Programs

South College offers more than 60 degree and certificate programs in a wide range of fields, including medicine, law, criminal justice, business administration, accounting, education, and even brewing science. Whatever your goals, South College wants to help you improve your career satisfaction and earning potential through a program that fits your schedule and learning priorities.
Click below to search our academic programs by degree level, location, interest, and scholarship eligibility.

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Academic Catalogs and Academic Calendars

Course availability, program requirements, academic calendar, admissions processes, and other details may change from year to year. You can find the most current course catalogs and academic calendars on the page, where we update them regularly.

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Online Learning

At South College, you’ll discover a variety of career-focused programs that can be completed entirely online or as a blended in-person and online program, allowing you to work toward earning a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, and/or master’s degree from anywhere. With online learning, you can plan and manage your learning experience around your other life commitments, including work and family.

South College students use Canvas to access their online courses and assignments. It’s an intuitive, straightforward platform that’s mobile friendly and customizable—perfect for however you learn! Your instructors and staff will even use our online tools to monitor your academic performance, so that they can check in and offer personalized help whenever it might be needed.

Our online classroom encourages engaging, lively discussions, making it simple to share your own thoughts, as well as respond to comments from your peers and instructors. You’ll also have access to everything from tutoring to career services to financial aid advisors, all ready to answer your questions and provide guidance .

With classes designed and taught by experienced faculty*, our online programs can help you build the skills and knowledge needed to start or advance your career in a wide array of fields.

If you’re looking to further your education and grow your career, explore our online programs to find the one that is right for you.

*Faculty experience levels may vary.

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Credit Transfer

Undergraduate

Credit for transfer work may be given if it was taken at an accredited collegiate institution, if it is equivalent to courses offered at South College, and if it carries a grade of C or better. Any coursework older than seven years, regardless of the institution at which it was taken, may be denied transfer credit due to the material being determined outdated. This also applies to courses taken at South College/Knoxville Business College/South College-Asheville. Transfer credit will not be given for developmental courses such as basic mathematics or English, or for skills courses such as keyboarding. Other skill courses completed, such as computer courses and medical lab courses, will be reviewed on an individual basis. Students should consult with the Registrar about questions related to acceptance of transfer credits. The institution reserves the right to request additional information about any courses requested for transfer evaluation.

Credits earned in non-accredited programs or at vocational institutions will not be accepted. Students transferring from such institutions may attempt to earn credit through the credit by examination process. South College does not award credit for experiential learning or for professional certification.

Acceptance of credits earned at other institutions is limited to 60% of the total hours required for the particular degree or certificate program. Credit for transfer work may not be awarded until the applicable official transcripts are received by South College.

The college reserves the right to reject any or all credits from other institutions regardless of their accreditation status. The college reserves the right to refuse transfer credit for courses if the student’s subsequent grades in required courses in the same subject fall below a 2.0 average.

Graduate

Policies for the acceptance of any graduate level transfer credit are determined by the associated program faculty within guidelines determined by the institution. Please review information in the section of the catalog dedicated to the program.

South College reserves the right to request additional information about any courses you submit for transfer evaluation. Every attempt will be made to give students requesting credit transfer to South College a thorough appraisal related to their educational goals at the college. If you have any questions about the acceptance of your transfer credits, contact the registrar.

Transferability of Credits to Other Institutions

Similar to most colleges, the transfer of credit to and from South College can be uncertain for two important reasons. Every campus designs coursework to reflect the integrity and quality of its own degrees/credentials and will want to honor that design in the review and evaluation of transfer work. Moreover, South College students will many times begin work in their major and career field during the first academic year. Every attempt will be made to give students requesting credit transfer to South College a thorough appraisal related to their educational goals at the college. Students considering transfer to other colleges and universities should consult with the registrar at those institutions concerning the courses completed at South College. South College does not guarantee that credits earned at South College will be accepted by another college. For information about getting your official South College transcripts, click here.

 

Transfer/Articulation Agreements with Other Institutions  

An Articulation Agreement is a formal arrangement between South College and another institution documenting a process for students to complete a specific degree or list of courses through both colleges. South College has articulation transfer agreements with several different institutions. Click here to view them all. 

For More Information About Transferring
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Writing Across the Curriculum

All students who have entered the college during or since the fall quarter of 2005 (except for Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate students) are required to complete the Writing Across the Curriculum program at South College prior to graduation.

Students are required to maintain a personal portfolio with selected samples of their writing from “W” courses: Writing Focused (WF) composition courses, Writing Intensive (WI) general studies courses, and Writing in the Discipline (WID) courses. A complete list of “W” courses is available on pages 6-8 of the Writing Across the Curriculum Handbook. 

Writing Across the Curriculum Handbook 

Writing Across the Curriculum Lab Handbook 

General Studies

The South College General Studies Department appreciates the diversity of learners attending the institution and strives to encourage and enable students with the skills and habits they need to succeed. Through general education courses covering a broad range of subject matter, the General Studies faculty is committed to helping students develop foundational skills that promote successful academic study so that they become life-long learners and independent thinkers.

Math Lab 

Administrated by the General Studies Department, the Math Lab provides tutoring to students who wish to improve their math skills. In addition to peer tutors, math faculty members are available to tutor students by email. Sessions are held in Room 323 at the Knoxville Main Campus on Lonas Drive. Please see the quarterly Math Lab schedule for times and dates.  

Asheville campus Math Lab Tutoring schedule

Nashville campus Math Lab Tutoring schedule

Writing Lab 

Under the direction of the General Studies Department, the Writing Lab offers students the opportunity to develop or enhance their written communication skills and receive feedback on course papers and other academic assignments. Services provided by the Writing Lab staff are available by email for online students or those who cannot attend during the Writing Lab’s regular hours.  

While this service is primarily utilized by undergraduate students, graduate students are also welcome. The Writing Lab is located in Room 222 at the Knoxville Main Campus on Lonas Drive.  If you have any questions, please contact the General Studies Department Chair or email the Writing Lab at writinglab@southcollegetn.edu. Please see the quarterly Writing Lab schedule for times and dates. 

Asheville campus Writing Lab Tutoring schedule

Nashville campus Writing Lab Tutoring schedule

Students may also submit papers to writinglabnashville@southcollegetn.edu

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Success at South College

Anjali Doshi

I am currently in the Bachelor’s of Business Administration program with a Concentration in Accounting. I felt that given my personal interests, strengths, and skills, that a career in accounting would be the right choice. Also, I wanted to choose something that had the potential to allow work/life balance in the future as both are important to me.

- Anjali Doshi, Bachelor of Business Administration
Damon Jenson

I chose the health science program because my ultimate goal is to become a Physician Assistant. This program prepares those who have the interest of continuing an education to the master’s level of health science and fulfills all educational pre-requisites for acceptance into a Physician Assistant program. I was able to make my educational pursuits a reality with the financial assistance of the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill. South College made the process of enrolling into classes very easy.

- Damon Jenson, Bachelor of Science in Health Science
Katherine Forester

I chose South College for the progressive and innovative DPT program. The program is committed to emerging literature and evidence-based practice. The distance learning format allows me to learn at my own pace and interact with clinicians and students from all over the country.

- Katherine Forester, Doctor of Physical Therapy
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