Towson University comprises seven colleges: the College of Business and Economics, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the College of Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, the Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics and the Honors College. Once students have determined a program of study, they become a member of the academic college administering the program.
College of Business and Economics
The College of Business and Economics offers a premier, applied and comprehensive undergraduate and graduate business education. Towson's graduate programs include the UB/Towson MBA and the master's of accounting and business advisory services. Undergraduate students can major in accounting, business administration, e-business and economics, and choose from nine concentrations and tracks. The college’s Business Excellence Program ensures the foundation for the Knowledge, Skills and Attitudes (KSAs) integrated throughout the curriculum and supports students in their required internships through the Professional Experience portion of the program. CBE Student Academic Services administers the pre-business screening program and meets with prospective students to discuss the college’s academic programs. The college supports two outreach programs: the Center for Applied Business and Economic Research and the Maryland Council for Economic Education.
The College of Education comprises the departments of Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Special Education; Educational Technology and Literacy; and Instructional Leadership and Professional Development. In addition, the college is responsible for a number of specialized centers and institutes, including the Center for Educational Leadership, the Center for Professional Practice, the Maryland Writing Project, the Institute for Professional Development School Studies and the Towson Reading Clinic.
The College of Fine Arts and Communication comprises the departments of Art+Design, Art History, Art Education; Dance; Electronic Media and Film; Mass Communication and Communication Studies; Music; and Theatre Arts. The college’s performing arts programs provide an active schedule of theater, music and dance performances on and off campus. The college is home to the Asian Arts & Culture Center.
The College of Health Professions comprises the departments of Audiology, Speech-Language Pathology and Deaf Studies; Health Science; Kinesiology; Nursing; Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science; and the Office of Collaborative Programs. The college enrolls more students in bachelor’s and master’s level health care and sport-related programs and produces more physical education and sports related teachers than any other institution in Maryland. The college also is noted for its unique combined B.S./M.S. program in occupational therapy and applied doctoral programs in audiology and occupational science.
The College of Liberal Arts, the largest of the eight colleges at Towson, includes the departments of English; Family Studies and Community Development; Foreign Languages; Geography and Environmental Planning; History; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice; and Women's and Gender Studies. The college additionally offers interdisciplinary degree programs in cultural studies, international studies, law and American civilization, metropolitan studies and social science. Graduate programs are offered in geography and environmental planning, humanities, liberal and professional studies, professional writing, psychology, social science, women’s studies and several interdisciplinary studies programs.
Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics
The Jess and Mildred Fisher College of Science and Mathematics comprises the departments of Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Mathematics; and Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences; and the Center for Science and Mathematics Education. The college additionally offers programs in animal behavior, molecular biology, biochemistry and bioinformatics, and environmental science and studies. It coordinates several dual-degree programs, including engineering programs with the University of Maryland College Park; a medicinal chemistry program with the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, and a program with the University of Tasmania in biological sciences and aquaculture or Antarctic and southern ocean studies.
The Honors College provides an enhanced undergraduate experience for more than 700 talented and high achieving students. Professors from all academic colleges teach honors classes in 62 majors and departments. Academic opportunities include small honors classes that offer more intimate student-faculty interaction and satisfy Core Curriculum requirements, early registration, and recognition on the student’s transcript and diploma. All accepted first year students receive an Honors College scholarship. Social benefits include an option to live in honors housing in a community that integrates residential living with classroom activity. Students also have opportunities to participate in special social, cultural and leadership activities.
The Office of Graduate Studies provides administrative support and programmatic oversight for the 80+ Towson University graduate programs leading to a master's or doctoral degree or advanced certificate. It also houses the fully online Integrated Homeland Security Program. Integral to the academic excellence of all of the graduate programs is opportunities for real world experiences, professional collaborations, applied research, and creative endeavors.