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

First Day Cof-fay


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

Join our Student Directors for coffee, tea, and bagels from Towson Hot Bagels and get energized for your first day of classes in the spring term!

Spring New Student Orientation


6:00 - 8:00 p.m., West Village Commons Ballroom A

New Honors students must attend this orientation to the college to meet with advisors, staff, and get to know other new students. Academic requirements, expectations, and co-curricular opportunities will be presented.

First Honors College Leadership Council Meeting


8:00 p.m., Douglass MPR

HCLC will meet every other Monday in the Douglass MPR this semester. Join the newly formed programming, marketing, or service committees. Snacks provided at first meeting.

Fasnacht Day


7:30 - 10:00 p.m., Douglass Lobby

Visit the Student Directors in the Douglass Lobby for free doughnuts and fun facts in honor of Fasnact Day, a Pennsylvania Dutch tradition.