English Department

Clubs/Honor Societies/Scholarships

English Honors


The department participates in the Honors Program. As a member of the Honors College, the department offers a number of intensive introductory seminars for qualified students. It also sponsors departmental honors whereby students pursue independent study leading to the completion of a thesis. Students interested in departmental honors should consult the chair of the department no later than the first term of their junior year. Honors are designated on the graduate’s transcript and diploma.





By a vote of the English faculty, the outstanding graduate in the department receives the Gerry Buettner Award at Commencement. By departmental vote, the Fil Dowling Award goes to the year’s outstanding English Education major. By selection of the joint English/Women’s Studies committee, the Frank W. Guess Award is given to the year’s outstanding portfolio of student writing. By selection of the English department committee, the Margery W. Harriss “Great Starts” Award is presented to the year’s outstanding portfolio of first-year writing (ENGL 102 or ENGL 190). Lambda Iota Tau is the national literary honor society with a chapter in the department, and the English Club is an informal association of majors, minors and professors who meet to exchange ideas about literature.


Clubs and Activities


Grub Street is published annually and includes works of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and art. The publication is a dual benefit to students, offering a platform for their literary and artistic works and providing the student staff hands-on experience putting together a literary magazine.


Towson University English Club

The purposes of the Towson University English Club are

  • To create an atmosphere of camaraderie for Towson students interested in English language and literature.

  • To support freedom of creative expression.

  • To present English majors and minors with a variety of career options through activities and guest speakers.

  • To promote the value of the history of literature as well as its contemporary influence.

  • To promote the awareness of the English Honor Society, Lambda Iota Tau.

English Club membership is open to all students enrolled at Towson University and particularly emphasizes English majors and minors. All are invited to attend any of its meetings and activities.  The club usually meets twice a month.  Officers are elected annually at the beginning of fall semester, and activities are planned throughout the year. In the past, the club has sponsored writing groups, poetry and fiction readings, lectures and book discussions, and “field trips” to literature-related events.

For more information about the English Club, please contact the club’s faculty advisor, Dr. Erin Fehskens, at 410-704-6212 or efehskens@towson.edu.



Mission Statement

The mission of the Towson University Tree Club, an SGA approved student organization, is to preserve and improve Towson University's campus through advocating for the planting
and care of trees on campus, improvement of the university's recycling methods and storm water management, bike trails on campus that will aide in the conservation of fossil fuels, and expanding the current Towson University Tree Walk.  The organization's number one priority is to make Towson University a beautiful and environmentally friendly campus that students, faculty, and guests can enjoy.

Ja'nee Holly, Laurel Russell, Brendan Russell, Jessica Lewis, George Clark, Andrew McKenzie, and Josh ThortonSome members of the TU Tree Club (ENGL 317 SU08) stand on the remains of Zachariah.

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Towson Prize for Literature: Deadline June 15

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