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Honor Societies


Delta Eta Chapter of Pi Lambda Theta, founded in 1910, is an international honor society and professional association in education that honors excellence and fosters leadership skills and values. Membership is open to students and professionals who have met specific academic requirements (3.5 GPA) or who have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Members can draw on a network of colleagues for professional support and friendship before graduation, throughout a career, and after retirement.

Gamma Chapter of Delta Delta Epsilon, an international honor society for students of the forensic sciences, The activities of this society are designed to stimulate academic achievement, promote community understanding, and advance the fields of forensic science. Membership is open to students enrolled in the forensic sciences degree program that have completed 45 credits toward this degree, have a minimum 3.3 GPA, and rank in the top 35 percent of their class.

Iota Gamma Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, a national honor society for criminal justice, recognizes exceptional scholarly ability among students who have declared a major or minor in a criminology or criminal justice discipline. To be eligible, a candidate must have completed one-third of the credit hours required for graduation with a minimum of four courses in criminology and criminal justice, a 3.2 GPA, and rank in the top 35 percent of his or her class.

Iota Xi Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the national English honor society, has as its motto, “Sincerity, Truth, Design, “bespeaking purposeful dedication in life to the attainment of excellence. To be eligible, students must show excellence in written expression, have declared a major or minor in English, express through written work the ideals of truth and beauty, and rank in the upper third of their class.

Lambda Phi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a national honor society for men and women majoring in history, recognizes and encourages excellence in the study of history. To be eligible, students must have junior standing or better, must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class, and must have had at least 12 semester hours in history with an average of B-plus in history courses and an average of B in two-thirds of their other courses.

Psi Alpha Chapter of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national honor society in chemistry, recognizes superior scholastic achievement of students (3.25 overall GPA and 3.50 GPA in Chemistry courses) majoring in Biochemistry, Forensic Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, and Pre-Med. In order to be eligible, students are required to have completed a minimum of 16 credit hours in chemistry courses. Chaminade University has been a member of the chapter since 2007.

Psi Chi International Honor Society, in Psychology recognizes superior scholastic achievement of students majoring in Psychology. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 overall, as well as a minimum of a 3.5 average in psychology courses. Graduate Students must have completed 3 quarters or the equivalent of 18 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and earned a minimum GPA of 3.8.

Sigma Theta Tau International, the honor society of Nursing, provides leadership, scholarship, and excellence in practice, education, and research to enhance the health of all people. The organization, founded in 1922, supports the learning and professional development of members who strive to improve patient care worldwide. Membership is conferred upon undergraduate and graduate nursing students who have met or exceeded rigorous academic standards and upon nurse leaders who have demonstrated exceptional achievements in nursing.