Honor Societies


Sigma Delta Pi honors those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples. Membership is limited to students who have demonstrated high scholarship in general and excellence in the academic study of Spanish. To be nominated, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or its equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.

  2. The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.

  3. The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters college work.


Eta Iota chapter of Pi Delta Phi, National French Honor Society,was founded at Sam Houston in 1972 as the 177th chapter. Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. At the present time it numbers 316 chapters, this last being Duke University. There are chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.

The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967; its official publication is the NEWSLETTER.The purpose of this Society shall be (1) to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures; (2)to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; (3)to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

There are two categories of membership: regular and honorary. REGULAR members include graduate and undergraduate students who shall be nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester of upper division French with a minimum GPA of 3.00 in French.

HONORARY members include: the French faculty of the sponsoring institution; members of the faculty at large, diplomats and community leaders who have shown a strong support of French cultures. Each new member receives the official key, a certificate and a card indicating life membership in the organization.

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