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Academic Honor Societies

Each of the Academic Honor Societies listed below have chapters at Salisbury University.  These societies are designed to honor those who excel in academics and leadership.  The application process and requirements for membership vary with each organization.   Where possible, a link to the national organization is provided within each chapter description. 


  • Beta Alpha Psi 

    As the premier professional business and financial information fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction among students, faculty and professionals, and fosters life-long growth, service and ethical conduct. BAΨ is a national scholastic and professional accounting, finance and M.I.S. honor society. Scholars in these fields are recognized by achieving a 3.0 overall grade point average.

  • Beta Beta Beta 

    The purpose of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society is to function as an honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences. Its activities shall be designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and investigation in the biological sciences and to promote the dissemination of information and new interpretations among students of the life sciences.

  • Beta Gamma Sigma 

    The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement and personal excellence in the study and practice of business. It is the only scholastic honor society recognized by the International Association of Management Education (AACSB). Membership is open to both M.B.A. students and undergraduate students with a major in accounting, business administration or management information systems who are tapped by the Perdue School of Business. To be tapped, undergraduate students in their junior year must be in the top 7 percent of their class or seniors in the top 10 percent of their class. M.B.A. students must be in the top 20 percent of their class. Of approximately 300,000 students receiving M.B.A. accounting, business administration or management information systems degrees nationally in any given year, approximately 15,000 are tapped for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma.

  • Chi Alpha Sigma 

    Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college student athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative grade point average throughout their junior and senior years.  Chi Alpha Sigma's purposes are as follows: To encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities. To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners. To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university. To mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.

  • Gamma Theta Upsilon 

    The Zeta Eta chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography, was established at SU in 1980 to recognize scholarly achievement and to foster professional growth and geographic research. Junior or senior geography majors are eligible for membership by completing at least 18 credit hours of geography with a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and an overall grade point average of 3.0.

    Notification of eligibility is given by the organization to prospective members.

  • Honors Student Association 

    The purpose of the Honors Student Association is to provide students with cultural, intellectual and social activities outside of the classroom setting and to promote community service. The group also serves as a liaison between students enrolled in the Bellavance Honors Program and the Honors Program Committee. It makes recommendations for honors course offerings and advises the committee on matters relating to program requirements and changes.

  • Kappa Delta Pi 

    The Rho Eta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education. This honor society endeavors to maintain a high degree of professional fellowship and growth among its members. Qualifications for membership are academic achievement and leadership in education.

  • Lambda Beta Honor Society for Respiratory Care 

    The Lambda Beta Honor Society for Respiratory Care at SU was formed to bring together those who are interested in a career in respiratory care. The purpose of the honor society is to promote, recognize and honor scholarship, achievement, service and character of students, graduates and faculty members of the SU Respiratory Therapy Program. Junior and senior student members are available to mentor those wishing to pursue a career in respiratory care. Students will be invited to become members of the SU chapter of Lambda Beta after completing the first semester as a respiratory major with a GPA of 3.0. Students in the top 25 percent of their class will be inducted into the national level of Lambda Beta during the spring semester of their senior year.

  • Lambda Iota Tau 

    Lambda Iota Tau is an honor society designed to recognize English majors who have achieved scholastic excellence. The Delta Psi chapter of Lambda Iota Tau was chartered in July 1976 and has inducted members every year since. To qualify, English majors must earn 55 or more credit hours at SU, attain at least a 3.1 grade point average in 12 or more hours of literature a English, and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Those majors meeting such qualifications will be invited to submit initiation papers. Those whose papers meet chapter standards will become members of Lambda Iota Tau.

  • Lambda Pi Eta     

    Lambda Pi Eta is the official undergraduate communications honor society of the National Communication Association. Its purpose is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement, stimulate interest in the field of communication studies, and to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.

  • Omicron Delta Kappa 

    Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society for college students that recognize and encourage superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. The society also recognizes achievement in athletics, campus or community service, social and religious activities, speech and the mass media and the creative and performing arts.

  • Phi Alpha 

    The Chi Eta chapter of the social work honor society encourages high scholastic attainment, provides a closer bond among students of social work and promotes humanitarian goals and ideas.

  • Phi Alpha Theta  

    The Eta Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta international honor society in history was established in 1959 to serve the needs of those students who have maintained a high scholastic average and who are interested in the further study and teaching of history. Membership is restricted to juniors and seniors. Notification of eligibility is given by the organization.

  • Phi Epsilon Kappa 

    The Epsilon Theta chapter of the Phi Epsilon Kappa Physical Education Honors Fraternity is an organization dedicated to improve the recognition of physical education and interests of the profession in an academic community.

  • Phi Eta Sigma 

    Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society whose goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning. Freshmen are invited to join if their cumulative grade point average at the end of the fall or spring semester of their first year is 3.6 or higher. Membership is recognition of personal accomplishment and serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides members the opportunity to meet freshmen scholars from all academic disciplines and to join them in promoting academic excellence. Members may apply for scholarships available from national and local chapters. Click here for website.

  • Phi Kappa Phi 

    Phi Kappa Phi is an international honor society with a local chapter on the SU campus. It fosters and recognizes outstanding scholarship in students from all areas of instruction. It is the only honor society which moves across the lines that traditionally separate the diverse academic disciplines. Juniors and seniors invited to membership must rank in the upper brackets of their graduating class. Those eligible for induction are notified during the academic year.

  • Phi Sigma Tau 

    The Maryland Zeta chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, an international honor society in philosophy, considers its organization instrumental in the day-to-day existence of the University. It serves as a means for developing and honoring academic excellence as well as philosophical interest. In addition to providing a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and interest in philosophy, the society also promotes interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public. The society gives notification of eligibility.

  • Pi Gamma Mu 

    Pi Gamma Mu is an international honor society in the social sciences. To qualify for membership, a student must be a junior, senior or graduate student in the upper 35 percent of the class; have at least 20 semester hours in one or more of the five core areas (economics, history, international relations, political science, sociology/anthropology) and in some other social science disciplines such as social psychology, criminal justice or human geography; and have a GPA of a B or better. Membership and leadership in the collegiate chapter are shared equally between faculty and students. Pi Gamma Mu gives recognition to good scholarship and actively promotes it all year long through enriching activities, service projects, a scholarship program and a lectureship program.

  • Pi Sigma Alpha 

    The Pi Xi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a national honor society in political science, was established in 1987 to recognize the scholarly achievement of outstanding political science students. To qualify for membership, a student must complete 18 hours of political science courses, be a junior or senior, have a 3.0 overall grade point average and have a 3.25 grade point average in political science courses.

  • Psi Chi 

    Psi Chi, a national honor society in psychology, was founded in 1929. The Salisbury chapter was established in 1974 to advance the science of psychology and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of its members in all fields, particularly psychology. The requirements for membership in Psi Chi start with the completion of 12 semester hours in psychology and satisfying grade point requirements.

  • Sigma Delta Pi 

    Sigma Delta Pi is the largest foreign language honor society in existence and is accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies. To become a member, a student must have completed three years of college-level Spanish, including at least three semester hours in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture with a minimal grade point average of 3.0 in all Spanish courses and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.

  • Sigma Theta Tau 

    Sigma Theta Tau, the international nursing honor society, recognizes excellence in scholarship, leadership and research in nursing. To qualify for membership in SU’s Lambda Eta chapter, an undergraduate student must have completed one-half of the nursing curriculum, rank in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class and demonstrate potential for or achievement in nursing leadership. A graduate student is required to have a 3.5 GPA, to have completed one-fourth of the program of study and have potential for leadership in the nursing profession.

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