MTSU Women's and Gender Studies


Mission Statement

The mission of the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) program is to provide students comprehensive, interdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary knowledge of women and gender grounded in feminist thought and reflective of cross-cultural and global perspectives.


Overview and Purpose

Women’s and Gender Studies courses are designed to enlighten, inform, and inspire students of all genders about the lives and history of

diverse women. Courses are taught from a feminist perspective emphasizing social transformation and empowerment. Students investigate

obstacles to gender equality and justice and are provided opportunities for research, internships, activism, and global studies.

Informed by theories of the social construction of gender, WGST courses highlight social transformation and social justice. Students study such issues as work, health, sexuality, obstacles to gender equality, leadership, and activism. They also investigate issues of difference, and the intersection of gender and other forms of social identity such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, nationality, age, and ability. These courses also develop students’ ability to think logically, critically, and creatively; make sound ethical decisions; and communicate effectively.

WGST courses emphasize interactive learning processes to challenge students to consider new ways of thinking about women and gender and to inspire them to apply the knowledge acquired to their personal and professional lives. The graduate certificate program provides specialized knowledge and training for students seeking expertise in women’s and gender studies.

We welcome students of all genders, races, ethnicities, classes, abilities, ages, religions, and sexualities to enroll in our courses and experience our unique offerings.

Office Phone


Physical Address

516 Alma Mater Drive

Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Mailing Address

MTSU Box 498

Murfreesboro, TN 37132


Vicky M. MacLean