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 has been working on a major redesign of its general education curriculum since Fall 2018. Those efforts are currently on hold given the challenges of COVID-19 and the global pandemic. In Fall 2020, we will continue conversations about redesign as transparently as possible, and invite you to participate and provide feedback throughout the process.

The impetus for the current redesign came from Provost Mark Byrnes and is based on the premise that MTSU’s change from TBR institution to locally governed institution with the FOCUS Act 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. 

On this website, you’ll find information about what general education is, what redesign means, a general timeline for redesign, reports and data on general education at MTSU, the strategic plan for redesign, how to participate in the redesign now and in the future, as well as a place for you to reach out with questions or concerns about the process.

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