TOWSON UNIVERSITY

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


In 1865, Towson University originated as the State Normal School (Chapter 160, Acts of 1865). Opened in Baltimore City in 1866, the School was the first and, at that time, only institution devoted exclusively to the preparation of teachers for the public schools of Maryland. The School occupied four different sites in Baltimore City before moving to its present suburban location in 1915. When the school was renamed the Maryland State Teachers College at Towson in 1935, the Bachelor of Science degree in education was established (Chapter 554, Acts of 1935). In 1946, an arts and sciences program was introduced. The College increased its offerings in the arts and sciences and became Towson State College in 1963 (Chapter 41, Acts of 1963). Two years later, it began expanding its graduate program. The College was designated as Towson State University in 1976 and became part of the University of Maryland System in 1988 (Chapter 246, Acts of 1988). When the System was renamed the University System of Maryland, the University became Towson University in 1997 (Chapter 114, Acts of 1997).

Towson University is a liberal arts-based university. On a campus of over 300 acres, the school lies just north of Baltimore City. The University offers over 40 majors and 60 concentrations leading to the bachelor's degree. The Graduate School offers 26 master's degree programs.

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS & COMMUNICATION

The College of Fine Arts and Communication consists of six departments: Art; Dance; Electronic Media and Film; Music; Mass Communication and Communication Studies; and Theatre Arts.

COLLEGE OF GRADUATE EDUCATION & RESEARCH

COLLEGE OF HEALTH PROFESSIONS

Five departments make up the College of Health Professions: Communication Sciences and Disorders; Health Sciences; Kinesiology; and Occupational Therapy and Nursing.

COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS

The College of Science and Mathematics includes departments of Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Computer and Information Sciences; Geosciences; Mathematics, and Physics.

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