Mississippi University for Women


MUW Cultural Offerings

MUW offers many opportunities beyond the classroom including lectures, seminars, performances and summer camps. The annual Welty Gala and Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium, which honors the university's world-renowned alumna, draws noted authors and scholars to campus. For details, see below.

Art Exhibitions

The Eugenia Summer Gallery is located on the southwest corner of the MUW campus, directly east of the Stark Recreation Center. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 662.329.7341.

Culinary Arts Institute

The MUW Culinary Arts Institute provides culinary training using classic cooking techniques in small quantity food preparation. Students have the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Science degree, become a culinary specialist and enhance their career options with a minor in the following emphasis areas: entrepreneurship/small business development; food journalism; food art (food styling and photography); and nutrition wellness. For more information, click here or call the MUW Culinary Arts Institute at 662.241.7472.

Eudora Welty Writers' Symposium

This annual weekend in October, which honors the world-renowned alumna Eudora Welty, draws noted authors, journalists, scholars and artists. It is free and open to the public. For more information, click here or call the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy at 662.329.7386.

Honors College

The Ina E. Gordy Honors College promotes the education and scholarship of honors students by offering an academically advanced and intellectually stimulating curriculum and appropriate co-curricular activities in a personalized environment. For more information, click here or call The Ina E. Gordy Honors College office at 662.241.6850.

International Series


Musical & Theatre Performances

The MUW theatre program offers extensive coursework in theoretical and practical aspects in the art of making theatre. MUW theatre students acquire a broad understanding of theatre as a liberal art and a strong sense of self. For more information, call 662.329.7341.

Summer Camps

Culinary Camp for Kids

In the professional setting of MUW’s Culinary Arts Institute, your child will have the opportunity to learn and explore the wonderful world of foods through demonstration, lecture and hands-on work in our kitchen. Open to students grades second through 12th. For more information on registration, contact the Culinary Arts Institute at 662.241.7472. For dates and schedule click here.

Summer Discovery

Summer Discovery is a unique educational program that goes beyond fact finding toward providing opportunities for gifted students to discover their own areas of interest and potential, to think critically and creatively about different concepts, problems, and issues, and to create new and original ideas and products. The program allows participants to experience the fun and freedom of learning while interacting with other gifted students from across the Columbus area who have similar interests and abilities. For dates and schedule click here.

Mississippi Governor's School

The residential honors program was established in 1981 by Gov. William F. Winter and the faculty and administration at MUW. MGS is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a limited number of rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in academics and community involvement and who show high intellectual, creative and leadership potential. Each summer, MGS brings together high ability learners from across the state of Mississippi for an experience that blends cultural, academic, social and recreational components into a rich and natural learning environment. The community of interaction created by the MGS program inspires the love of learning, discovery of self and the desire to use gifts and talents to improve society. Since its establishment, MGS has provided approximately 3,800 students from across the state of Mississippi with a high quality educational experience that has challenged them to grow as individuals. MGS is funded by the Mississippi legislature, and there is no charge to attend. For more information, please call 662.241.6096 or click here.

Project Citizen

Project Citizen helps students learn how to identify community problems and to influence public policy. The program promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government and develops support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy in students of all ages in schools nationwide. For more information, please call Sarah Sumners at 662.241.6088 or click here for an application.

Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series

The Leslie Farrell Threadgill Lecture and Artist Series is an endowment established by her family to promote family and cultural influences, to advance the artistic and intellectual environment of the university and to strengthen the cultural bond between the university and the public. For more information, contact the MUW Foundation at 662.329.7148.

Welty Gala

Each fall MUW hosts the Welty Gala on campus. This year's Gala featured Sebastian Junger, internationally acclaimed, best-selling author of "The Perfect Storm," "A Death in Belmont" and "Fire." Tickets are sold at different levels and offer opportunities for attendees to enjoy a private reception with the guest speaker along with premium seating during dinner. Proceeds from the Gala benefit the endowment for the Eudora Welty Chair in Humanities. The Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation is a major sponsor of the Welty Series. For more information, call the Office of Development at (662) 329-7148.