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

Visit the Towson University graduation website for details.

Honors College

Visit the Honors College website at, or the Honors College section of this catalog.

Departmental Honors Programs

Many departments at the university 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 Towson University.

Departments with Honors programs list requirements in the catalog under the individual major departments. Students accepted into a Departmental Honors program must complete the requirements as listed in the catalog for their major. Most departments require that students complete 6 units in Advanced Content, Directed Readings and/or Independent Investigations and an Honors Thesis, but some departments may offer other options, such as an extensive design project. The thesis/project culminates in a significant piece of writing and a final presentation that is open to the public. A completed, signed copy of the thesis/project approval form must be submitted to the Honors College no later than two weeks before graduation. When the Honors College receives the thesis/project, the appropriate designation appears on the final transcript and diploma.

More information on Departmental Honors programs can be found on each department's webpage.

Departmental Honors Coordinators By College

The following faculty members may be contacted about departmental honors for the listed majors: 

College of Business and Economics

Economics Departmental Honors Coordinator: Matthew Chambers

College of Fine Arts and Communication

Art History Departmental Honors Coordinator: Janee Mateer

Electronic Media & Film Departmental Honors Coordinator: Elsa Lankford 

Mass Communication Departmental Honors Coordinator: Beth Haller

College of Liberal Arts

Anthropology Departmental Honors Coordinator: Matthew Durington 

Criminal Justice Departmental Honors Coordinator: Joan Antunes

English Departmental Honors Coordinator: Erin Fehskens

Geography & Environmental Planning Departmental Honors Coordinator: Kent Barnes

Law and American Civilization Departmental Honors Coordinator: Jack Fruchtman

Political Science Departmental Honors Coordinator: Paul McCartney

Psychology Departmental Honors Coordinator: Maria Fracasso

Sociology Departmental Honors Coordinator: Elizabeth Clifford

Women's Studies Departmental Honors Coordinator: Cindy Gissendanner

College of Science and Mathematics

Biological Sciences Departmental Honors Coordinator: Erik Scully

Chemistry Departmental Honors Coordinator: John Sivey

Physics, Astronomy & Geosciences Departmental Honors Coordinator: David Schaefer