Parent FAQs

What are the Honors College curriculum requirements?

There are two sets of Honors curriculum, depending on when a student joins the Honors College. Incoming freshmen who joined the Honors College prior to fall 2016 are required to complete a total of 24 Honors credits in the following categories: 3 credits of Honors English, 9 credits of Honors seminars, 6 credits of Honors coursework, and 6 credits of Honors electives. Incoming freshmen who joined the Honors College in fall 2016 of after are required to complete a total of 24 Honors credits in the following categories: 6 credits of Honors Foundations, 6 credits of lower-level Honors courses, 6 credits of upper-level Honors seminars, and 6 credits of Experiential & Advanced Learning options.

Students join the Honors College after their first semester may be exempt from some of these requirements depending on credits completed and the institution from which they transferred.

In addition to completing courses, Honors College students are also required to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, complete Honors requirements at a rate of 6 Honors credits per year and earn a letter grade for all courses counting towards Honors requirements. Learn more about the Honors curriculum.

Is there an Honors advisor? To whom should my child direct questions regarding the Honors College?

All first-year students are assigned an Honors College First Year Experience (FYE) advisor who is specially trained to help students fulfill major, Core, and Honors College requirements.

Beginning in their second year, students are assigned an Honors College advisor in addition to their major advisor. Sophomores are advised by the Honors College Coordinator, Dr. Abram Fox (), and juniors and seniors are advised by the Faculty Director, Dr. Alison McCartney (). Advanced appointments are recommended and can be arranged by contacting us at . Drop-in advising is also available.

At what point will my student receive an advisor within his/her own major?

All students receive major advisors by the beginning of their sophomore year. Students who do not receive major advisors by that point should contact their major departments as soon as possible. The major advisor is separate from the Honors advisor.

What happens if my child has difficulty scheduling classes to meet requirements?

Students are always welcome to meet with an Honors College advisor. Advanced appointments are recommended and can be arranged by contacting us at . The Honors College offers many options for students to complete their requirements, and an Honors College advisor can help guide students in finding which options might work best.

Are there study groups for Honors students?

The student-run Honors College Leadership Council organizes a free peer tutoring network that matches individual honors students together in many subjects and for specific classes. Students can simply email the tutors who have volunteered to share their expertise. The peer tutoring program typically starts in the second month of the fall and spring semester. Students can also participate in study groups and find a tutor through the TU Academic Achievement Center.

How can I stay abreast of Honors College events and opportunities?

Getting involved in the Honors Parent Council is a wonderful way to stay abreast of the exciting things happening in the Honors College. As a parent of an Honors College student, you are automatically a member of the Parent Council and can participate in all meetings and activities held by the group.

We also encourage all parents and family members to contact us at  to be added to our Honors parent contact list. You will be subscribed to receive the Honors College Weekly and special announcements from the Honors Parent Council.

How does living in Douglass House (the Honors community) differ from living anywhere else on campus?

In Douglass House, residential living is integrated with classroom activity. In addition to an Honors College classroom and Honors College office physically located on the main floor of Douglass House, students have the opportunity to live together, build networks and share ideas in an atmosphere conducive to academic achievement. Students living in Douglass House form close relationships with roommates and classmates that are similarly focused and have the same commitment to academic achievement and future goals. All incoming first-year students who choose to live on campus are assigned to Douglass House. Students who live in Douglass House consecutively beginning in the first available semester are allowed to remain in Douglass throughout four years of their Towson University career.

How are Honors College students who commute to campus involved in co-curricular activities?

A majority of Honors College students commute, and Honors commuters are as much a part of the community as students living on campus. Enhancing your educational experience begins with making the decision to be involved in the activities and events planned exclusively for Honors College students. All Honors College events and activities are announced each week in the Honors College Weekly, an electronic newsletter sent via email. All members of the Honors College, regardless of residential or commuter status, are welcome to attend all events and use all resources in Douglass House and in the Honors College suite in Stephens Hall.