Honors College

Exceptional Minds. Extraordinary Futures.

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


Here are five reasons to choose Towson University Honors:

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Emphasis on Experiential Learning

Opportunities for advanced research projects, theses, study abroad, internships, and service-learning courses offer direct experiential learning shaped by a student’s interests. The experiences and the products resulting from these courses better position students for career opportunities or for graduate school.

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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 – 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. 95% of Honors seminars contain students from at least five 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

Bleached Tee Fundraiser with Honors Helping Hands


3:00 - 5:00 p.m., West Village

Join Honors Helping Hands and make a "reverse tie-dye" tee-shirt. All funds will be split between the Honors Kiva Initiative and KKoom, a Korean non-profit that raises money to help children attend school.

Kiva and HHH KKoom Fundraiser at Bill Bateman's


All Day

The Honors College Kiva Initiative and Honors Helping Hands are holding a fundraiser at Bill Bateman's, and all proceeds will be split between Kiva and KKoom, a Korean non-profit that helps young children and orphans attend school. Email Gabriella Harris for more information.

Honors College Convocation


1:00 - 4:00 p.m., UU Chesapeake Ballrooms

For Honors College graduating seniors only. Each graduating student can invite up to two guests for the ceermony. Light fare will be served. Registration information was emailed directly to pre-cleared graduating students.

Smoothie Saturday

May 12

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Douglass Lobby

The Honors Parents Council (HPC) is back to serve up delicious smoothies! Stop by for free smoothies, snacks, and some quality time with the HPC members. Parents looking to get involved or donate supplies should email the Honors College at honors@towson.edu.