Graduation with Honors
Towson University undergraduates may achieve recognition as honors graduates in several different ways: through Latin Honors, Departmental Honors, and as members of the Honors College.
Latin Honors are awarded, by college, to undergraduate students in the top ten percent (10%) of their graduating class based on the cumulative grade point average of all coursework completed in residence at TU.
LATIN HONORS ARE DISTRIBUTED AS FOLLOWS:
Summa Cum Laude - top 2%
Magna Cum Laude - next 3%
Cum Laude - next 5%
Latin Honors GPA cutoffs for each college are based on the top 10% of the students from the graduating classes of the previous academic year.
In order to be eligible to earn Latin Honors, students must earn at least 56 units in residence at TU. Of those units earned in residence at TU, at least 41 units must have calculable grades.
Students with majors in two or more colleges earn the highest Latin Honors for which they are eligible.
To view the cutoffs for each level of Latin honors for the current academic year by college, visit the TU graduation website.
Departmental Honors Programs
Select departments at TU offer students the ability to complete a Departmental Honors program, which is a separate program from the Honors College. Students interested in participating in a Departmental Honors program are encouraged to meet with the Departmental Honors faculty coordinator or department chair preferably during their first two years at TU.
Departmental Honors program requirements are listed in the catalog under the individual major departments, and students accepted into those programs must complete all requirements in order to earn Departmental Honors.
Departmental Honors is posted to the transcript shortly after the bachelor’s degree is conferred.
More information on Departmental Honors programs can be found on each department's webpage.
Departmental Honors By College
College of Business and Economics
College of Fine Arts and Communication
College of Liberal Arts
- Criminal Justice
- Geography & Environmental Planning
- Law and American Civilization
- Political Science
- Women's and Gender Studies