Towson University comprises seven colleges: the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and the Honors College. Once students have determined a program of study, they become a member of the academic college administering the program.
College of Business and Economics
The College of Business and Economics offers a premier, applied and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate business education. The college’s graduate programs include the master’s of supply chain management, the UB/Towson MBA, and the master's of accounting and business advisory services. Undergraduate students can major in accounting, business administration, e-business and economics, and choose from nine concentrations and tracks. The college’s Business Excellence Program ensures the foundation for the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) integrated throughout the curriculum and supports students in their required internships through the Professional Experience portion of the program. CBE Student Academic and Career Services administers admission to the screened majors and advises prospective and current students on all academic and career matters.
The College of Education comprises the departments of Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Special Education; Educational Technology and Literacy; and Instructional Leadership and Professional Development. In addition, the college is responsible for a number of specialized centers and institutes, including the Center for Educational Leadership, the Center for Professional Practice, the Institute for Professional Development School Studies and the Towson Reading Clinic.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication comprises the departments of Art+Design, Art History, Art Education; Dance; Electronic Media and Film; Mass Communication and Communication Studies; Music; and Theatre Arts. The college contributes to the cultural life of the university and community through an active calendar of events that include art exhibits, concerts, plays, dance performances, films, debates and lectures. The college is also home to the Asian Arts & Culture Center and Arts Integration Institute.
The College of Health Professions comprises the departments of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies; Health Science; Kinesiology; Nursing; Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science; and Interprofessional Health Studies. The college enrolls more students in bachelor’s and master’s level health care and sport-related programs and produces more physical education and sports related teachers than any other institution in Maryland. The college also is noted for its unique combined B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy and applied doctoral programs in audiology and occupational science.
The College of Liberal Arts, the largest of the colleges at Towson, includes the departments of English; Family Studies and Community Development; Foreign Languages; Geography and Environmental Planning; History; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; and Women's and Gender Studies. The college additionally offers interdisciplinary degree programs in cultural studies, international studies, law and American civilization, metropolitan studies and social science. Graduate programs are offered in child life administration and family collaboration, geography and environmental planning, human resource development, humanities, Jewish studies, Jewish communal services, professional writing, psychology, social science, and women’s and gender studies.
Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics offers majors in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, information technology, physics, and many more. Its master’s degree programs include forensic chemistry, bioinformatics, cybersecurity, actuarial science, environmental science and geology. Doctoral candidates can pursue a D.Sc. degree in information technology. In keeping with its tradition of exemplary teacher preparation, the college adopted the nationally renowned UTeach model for students wishing to explore careers as high school mathematics and science teachers.
The Honors College provides an enhanced undergraduate experience to more than 700 talented and high achieving students. Professors from all academic colleges teach honors classes in more than 60-plus majors and departments. Small honors classes offer more intimate student-faculty interaction and satisfy Core Curriculum requirements. Students also receive early class registration, and recognition on their transcript and diploma. All accepted first-year students receive an Honors College scholarship. Social benefits include an option to live in honors housing in a community that integrates residential living with classroom activity. Students also have opportunities to participate in special social, cultural and leadership activities. Admission is available to current Towson students as well as students transferring from other institutions.
The Office of Graduate Studies provides administrative support and programmatic oversight for more than 80 Towson University graduate programs leading to a master's or doctoral degree or advanced certificate. It also houses the fully online Integrated Homeland Security Program. Graduate students have opportunities for real world experiences, professional collaborations, applied research and creative endeavors.