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

Final Exam Period

DECEMBER 13-19

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

Best of luck with your final exams!

First Day Cof-fay

JANUARY 29

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Douglass Lobby and Stephens Hall Lounge

Join our Student Directors for coffee, tea, and bagels as you get energized for your first day of classes in the spring term!

Spring New Student Orientation

JANUARY 31

 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., location TBD

Meet your fellow incoming Honors students as well as Honors staff and faculty, learn more about Honors requirements and opportunities, and get situated in your new community here at Towson University! More details will be sent to admitted students.

Fasnacht Day

FEBRUARY 13

7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Douglass Lobby and Stephens Hall Lounge

The HCLC is reviving an Honors tradition: Fasnacht Day! Feast on donuts and other pastries as you head to and from class.