Honors students participate in a flexible curriculum designed with the needs of highly qualified and motivated students in mind. During the first two years, special honors seminars give
students an opportunity to work closely with the Honors College faculty in small, interactive, discussion-based classroom settings. Beginning with the junior year, honors experiences may be pursued within academic departments, where students can work with select faculty on honors projects, research, and internships. At every stage, however, students are encouraged to complete honors work that includes co-curricular activities such as leadership workshops and seminars, service learning experiences, civic engagement, and internships that relate to their personal and professional objectives.
Social and Cultural Activities
The Honors College Connections (HCC) group plans activities designed to build community in the Honors College and to help the new students adjust to life in the Honors College at Towson.
The Honors College faculty members work closely with students in designing and executing their honors curriculum. In addition, there are designated Honors FYE (First Year Experience) advisors in the colleges and departments who work toward guiding honors students in making curriculum decisions that address the interests and needs of the student.
Honors College housing is located in Douglass House, one of Towson University's new residence halls in West Village. This "Living and Learning Community" is specifically designed to create an intellectual community where students live together on campus and share ideas, integrate residential living with classroom activity, and nurture an environment conducive to academic achievement. While not all Honors students elect to live in Honors housing, those who do find the Honors housing to be a great place to live, work, socialize, and form lasting friendships.
All new freshmen and transfer students admitted to the Honors College receive a renewable Honors College scholarship. The scholarships are a one-time offer at the time of admission to Towson University. Current degree-seeking Towson University students are not guaranteed scholarships. Students are required to meet curricular and co-curricular requirements in the Honors College each semester to continue to receive the scholarship. Honors College study abroad scholarships are available to students who plan to study abroad. In addition, the Undergraduate Research Council awards research grants to students conducting research.
The appropriate designation, based on honors curriculum completed, appears on the students diploma and final transcript. An Honors College student who completes the curriculum with an Honors capstone experience that does not follow the department honors requirements (or the department does not have a department honors program) will graduate as a University Honors Scholar. If an Honors College student completes their honors capstone experience by following the Departmental Honors Program requirements, the student will graduate as both a University Honors Scholar and Department Honors Scholar. A student, who is not in the Honors College, who chooses to complete the Departmental Honors Program requirements will graduate as a Departmental Honors Scholar. The graduate is also presented with an Honors Scholar medallion by the Honors College Dean at a special Honors Convocation, regarded by many as most memorable of the graduation ceremonies.
Honors College students have substantial oral and written communication skills, because they have been challenged to think creatively and analytically. In addition, they have had opportunities to apply their learning through research, internships, and other honors projects, honors students are especially well prepared for graduate school and for the professional realm of business, government service, and education. The graduates of the Honors College at Towson University have been exceptionally successful in admission to engineering, law, and medical schools and in their entry into the fields of business, education, and government.