College of Liberal Arts











Graduate Programs



Welcome to Middle Tennessee State University's College of Liberal Arts!Dean Petersen

More than 2,500 students major in fields housed in the eleven academic departments of the MTSU College of Liberal Arts. Our disciplines encompass the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. In addition, much of the university's General Education program is located within our college, so virtually every MTSU student will take some classes with us. Our academic offerings range from freshman survey courses to Ph.D.s. in English and Public History. The college offers several dozen undergraduate majors, nearly 30 interdisciplinary minors, and ten graduate degrees. The heart of the college is our faculty, and we have more than 300 full-time faculty members. 

In addition to our academic departments, a variety of other units call Liberal Arts home, including the Center for Historic Preservation, the Albert Gore Research Center, the University Writing Center, the Governor's School for the Arts, and the Forensic Institute for Research and Education (FIRE).

Ours is a dynamic college, with new programs and approaches constantly being added. Yet we remain committed to the ideals of a classical liberal arts education, which introduces students to the broader world and, we hope, provides them a framework with which to understand it. Moreover, the liberal arts focus on developing students' ability to read, write, and think critically. In addition to the intrinsic value of acquiring those skills, employers increasingly report that they look for broadly-trained and quick-learning employees who can respond to the demands of our rapidly changing society. 

Our college is not all about work, however. We offer a variety of extra-curricular activities open to all students. These include:

  • national award-winning programs in Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Model Mediation, and Debate
  • more than 200 concerts a year offered by our School of Music, a prestigious "all Steinway" school
  • many theatre and dance productions, and art exhibitions
  • an array of departmental and discipline-specific student clubs and organizations
  • nationally-known speakers, such as historian David McCullough, food writer Mark Bittman, former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and Kathy Reichs, author of the "Bones" series

We pride ourselves on being a "student friendly" college. The dean's office is in Todd 231, while the college advisors and graduation coordinator are in Jones Hall. Please stop by if we can help you.

In the meantime, take a look at our departmental web pages for more information. We think you'll like what you see.

Dr. Karen Petersen
Dean, College of Liberal Arts