department participates in the Honors Program. As a member of the Honors
College, the department offers a number of intensive introductory
seminars for qualified students. It also sponsors departmental honors
whereby students pursue independent study leading to the completion of a
thesis. Students interested in departmental honors should consult the
chair of the department no later than the first term of their junior
year. Honors are designated on the graduate’s transcript and diploma.
Lambda Iota Tau
International Honor Society for
Students of Literature
Delta Beta Chapter
Lambda Iota Tau (LIT)
is Towson’s Honor Society for students majoring or minoring in
literature. Its purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in the
study of literature of all languages. Members are eligible to submit
their work for publication in the society’s annual journal and to apply
for scholarships offered by the national organization.
Members of LIT are
majors or minors in literature, no matter what language that literature
may be written in. Undergraduates must be in the upper thirty-five
percent of their class in cumulative grade average and have attained at
least a full B average in at least twelve semester credit hours or
eighteen term hours of literature and all prerequisites thereto.
Graduate students must have completed one semester or term with an A-
average. All members must present an initiation paper on a literary
topic or of a creative nature.
Dr. Joel Slotken,
professor of English, is the faculty advisor for the campus chapter of
Lambda Iota Tau. He may be contacted at his office by phone
(410-704-2863) or e-mail email@example.com.
By a vote
of the English faculty, the outstanding graduate in the department
receives the Gerry Buettner Award at Commencement. By departmental vote,
the Fil Dowling Award goes to the year’s outstanding English Education
major. By selection of the joint English/Women’s Studies committee, the
Frank W. Guess Award is given to the year’s outstanding portfolio of
student writing. By selection of the English department committee, the
Margery W. Harriss “Great Starts” Award is presented to the year’s
outstanding portfolio of first-year writing (ENGL 102 or ENGL 190). Lambda
Iota Tau is the national literary honor society with a chapter in the
department, and the English Club is an informal association of majors,
minors and professors who meet to exchange ideas about literature.
Clubs and Activities
Grub Street is published annually and includes works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. The publication is a dual benefit to students, offering a platform for their literary and artistic works and providing the student staff hands-on experience putting together a literary magazine.
Towson University English Club
The purposes of the
Towson University English Club are
To create an
atmosphere of camaraderie for Towson students interested in English
language and literature.
To support freedom
of creative expression.
To present English
majors and minors with a variety of career options through
activities and guest speakers.
To promote the
value of the history of literature as well as its contemporary
To promote the
awareness of the English Honor Society, Lambda Iota Tau.
Club membership is open to all students enrolled at Towson University
and particularly emphasizes English majors and minors. All are invited
to attend any of its meetings and activities. The club usually meets
twice a month. Officers are elected annually at the beginning of fall
semester, and activities are planned throughout the year. In the past,
the club has sponsored writing groups, poetry and fiction readings,
lectures and book discussions, and “field trips” to literature-related
information about the English Club, please contact the club’s faculty
advisor, Dr. Erin Fehskens, at 410-704-6212 or
The mission of the Towson University Tree Club, an SGA approved student organization, is to preserve and improve Towson University's campus through advocating for the planting
and care of trees on campus, improvement of the university's recycling methods and storm water management, bike trails on campus that will aide in the conservation of fossil fuels, and expanding the current Towson University Tree Walk. The organization's number one priority is to make Towson University a beautiful and environmentally friendly campus that students, faculty, and guests can enjoy.
members of the TU Tree Club (ENGL 317 SU08) stand on the remains of Zachariah.