Interim Dean Hector Miranda

The Thomas F. Freeman Honors College would like to welcome you to our website. The Honors College interconnects with all the colleges and schools at TSU to provide the best opportunities and the best preparation for the high achieving students of TSU.  We prepare our scholars to be effective communicators, to be competitive and adaptable in a world that is rapidly changing. We prepare scholars to be critical thinkers, perpetually curious, and creative. We continually seek pedagogical innovations so our scholars can adapt to the ever-changing landscape of the global market.

Our programs are built upon the foundations laid down by the previous deans, starting with our beloved founding dean, Dr. Thomas F.  Freeman, the legendary coach of the famous TSU debate team, and to whom our college is named after.  Dr. Freeman was followed by Dr. Humphrey Regis, Dr. Elizabeth Brown-Guillory, Dr. Dianne Jemison Pollard, and the current interim dean, Dr. Hector C. Miranda, Jr.  The programs that evolved over the past decade include the Frederick Douglass Lecture Series, the Biannual Freeman Research Conference, the Course Augmentation Proposal (CAPS), and the Senior Thesis program. Recently, we launched an aggressive recruitment program, the Preview Weekend.

At the Thomas F. Freeman Honors College, we believe that profound learning comes when students write and talk about ideas.  In the Fall of 2023, we will begin the Junior Thesis Exploration and Proposal (JTEP) program where Honors juniors start developing their thesis proposals. We link them to our Faculty Fellows that include prominent scholars from the different colleges/schools across campus. Since Spring 2021, we established an open-access digital journal, the Freeman Research Journal, which houses the senior theses. The Senior Thesis presentations will be open to the public beginning Spring of 2023. 

Our support for our students goes beyond the classroom by actively connecting them with internship opportunities, federally-funded research programs at TSU, and with the many world-class research institutions. As an added resource for our students, we are currently developing our website to add a portal for opportunities for internships and external scholarships. We constantly seek scholarships for our students, support the study abroad programs, and support their application to professional and graduate schools. Above all, we provide them a home where they can flourish and reach their full potential.


Hector C. Miranda, Jr. Ph.D.

Interim Dean