General Education

Mission Statement

At the core of Middle Tennessee State University's educational mission is the General Education curriculum. This curriculum is designed to provide students with a diverse and interdisciplinary knowledge base that complements and supports their college major. With an emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication, General Education provides a foundation for academic and professional success as well as informed civic engagement. The General Education experience equips students with the tools necessary to become lifelong learners capable of adapting their knowledge and skills to a dynamic and diverse world.

General Education Redesign

MTSU is in the beginning stages of a redesign of its general education curriculum. The decision to launch a general education redesign emerged in part as a response to the change in MTSU’s status from a member of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) to a locally governed institution (LGI).  The 2004 redesign of general education was imposed on all TBR institutions and allowed little flexibility in creating a curriculum that was distinctive to MTSU.

The impetus for the current redesign came from the Provost Mark Byrnes and is based on the premise that  MTSU’s change in status gave us the freedom and the opportunity to imagine a redesigned, 21st century curriculum that is faculty-driven and potentially more congruent with MTSU’s identity. 

To learn more about our redesign process and find out how you can contribute, click on the logo below to go to our redesign website:

Logo for General Education Redesign