Honors College

Exceptional Minds. Extraordinary Futures.

The Towson University Honors College is committed to the intellectual and character development of highly engaged undergraduate students. With an emphasis on interdisciplinary study, research and co-curricular experiences, we seek to cultivate inquisitive minds and foster broad knowledge that strengthens students’ scholarly interests, nurtures their talents, develops their sense of ethical responsibility, and enables them to navigate an increasingly complex globalized world.

Five reasons to choose the Towson University Honors College:

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Enriched Seminar Classes

Seminars are the core of the Honors curriculum, and each one is designed to explore topics from multiple scholarly points of view. Our discussion-based, collaborative classes examine creative topics that you’ll only find here, in small settings of 10 to 20 students.

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Outstanding Faculty

Honors faculty represent a range of disciplines and scholarly outlooks. What they share is a passion for teaching and for advancing student learning. Faculty work with students in the Honors College by choice, and they bring to the program examples of intellectual curiosity and professional accomplishment. Most importantly, they are eager to support students who seek opportunities for growth.

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Perspectives from Multiple Disciplines

Honors courses not only reflect the different disciplines that faculty draw upon in creating the courses but also the different academic perspectives of students within the courses. 97% of Honors seminars contain students from at least four of the six degree-granting colleges at Towson University, offering a rich mix of student ideas seldom found in American higher education.

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Community Engagement

We are a small community of highly motivated individuals within a large university setting. Honors students are athletes, leaders, and dedicated members of their campus, local, and international communities. Douglass House, the Honors residence hall, is the heart of our community. It’s where you can live, work, and learn with other Honors students in pursuit of your passions with the guidance of faculty and staff.

News & Events

First Day Cof-Fay


7:30-10:00 a.m., Douglass House Lobby; 10:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Stephens Hall Lounge

Join our Student Directors for coffee and bagels from Towson Hot Bagels to get energized for your first day of classes!

New Student Orientation


6:00-8:00 p.m., Location TBD

New Honors students for spring 2019 will meet advisors, staff, and get to know other students. Academic requirements, expectations, and co-curricular opportunities will be presented. Admitted students will receive an email with more details.

Frederick Douglass Birthday Bash


Time TBD, Douglass House Lobby

The Honors College Leadership Council and the Douglass Building Council are teaming up to celebrate the Honors Community building's namesake. Stop by for cake and information about Frederick Douglass's life.

Junior Java and Senior Sweets: A Career Mentoring and Next-Steps Networking Event


7:00-9:00 p.m., University Union Chesapeake Ballrooms

Honors College juniors and seniors can enjoy hot beverages and decadent desserts while getting advice from Honors alumni and parents in their career field. Registration information will be in the first edition of the spring Honors Weekly.