Honor Societies

St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers the following honor society chapters to enhance students’ participation in their fields of study and to recognize exceptional scholarship.
 

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international sociological honor society first established in 1920 “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” It works to spread awareness, broaden perspectives, and encourage people to think critically about issues that affect different groups of people around the world with sociological reasoning.

Meetings and programs are open to all students, however students who wish to become members must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and must have completed at least four courses in sociology with a GPA of 3.0. For applications and information, please contact Natalie Byfield, Ph.D., at 718-990-1976 or [email protected].

The St. John’s University chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the national theatre honor society, works to stimulate interest in theatre activities at St. John’s and to reward and acknowledge student participants for their talents and dedication to the performing arts. Membership is by invitation only and is based on participation in campus shows. For more information about membership and performances, please visit the chapter website.

Students who have completed 12 credits in speech and who have an outstanding academic record may be eligible for induction into Epsilon Delta, the St. John’s University chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association honor society. Epsilon Delta recognizes exceptional academic achievement, stimulates interest in the field of communication, promotes professional development among Rhetoric and Public Address majors, and encourages strong relationships among students and faculty. Induction for the society is held yearly. For more information, please contact Jeremiah Hickey, Ph.D., at 718-990-5629 or [email protected].

The Gamma Kappa Alpha Italian honor society at St. John's University was founded by Gaetano Cipolla, Professor Emeritus of Italian, in 1984. It encourages students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, art, and history. Scholarships are offered by the national chapter to outstanding undergraduate students of Italian on an annual basis.

Eligible students are in at least their junior year, have taken at least two Italian courses with a minimum GPA of 3.5, and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Applications are accepted each January for induction in the spring semester. For more information, please contact Florence Russo, Ph.D., at [email protected].

St. John’s University has established the Sigma chapter of Lambda Alpha, the national honor society for students of anthropology. The society provides funding for approved student activities, such as travel to attend and participate in professional conferences and seminars. The national chapter also publishes the Lambda Alpha Journal, which appears annually and is internationally distributed. The Journal reserves 50 percent of its content for student work.

Students who wish to become members of Lambda Alpha Sigma must have an overall GPA of 3.0, a major GPA of 3.5, and at least 18 credits in anthropology. For more information, please contact Barrett Brenton, Ph.D., at [email protected] or Anne Galvin, Ph.D., at [email protected].

Lambda Kappa Phi recognizes students of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Staten Island campus who have achieved academic excellence while also enhancing the extracurricular life of the University.

Membership in this honor society is open to students in the College who attend the Staten Island campus and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 for a minimum of 64 credits. The major GPA must be at least 3.5. Applicants must have also demonstrated leadership in the extracurricular life of the campus or in community and service activities. For more information, please contact Carolyn Vigorito, Ph.D., at 718-390-4402 or [email protected].

Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world’s largest academic honor societies, honors outstanding students in the area of economics, encourages collaboration and scholarship, and publishes The American Economist.

To qualify for membership, undergraduate students must have completed at least 91 credits with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and at least 12 credits in economics and finance with a minimum 3.5 GPA in those courses. Graduate students must have completed at least 12 credits in economics or finance with a minimum GPA of 3.5 in those courses and a minimum 3.0 GPA overall. For more information, please contact A. Joyce Furfero, Ph.D., at 718-990-7350 or [email protected].

Phi Alpha Theta promotes the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It brings students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges. All history majors and graduate students are eligible for Phi Alpha Theta if they have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, have taken 12 or more credits in history, and have a major GPA of at least 3.5. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

The Phi Sigma National Biological Sciences Honor Society was founded at Ohio State University on March 17, 1915. In 1950, it became a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Greek letters phi and sigma come together to signify “fellows in science.”

To qualify as an invitee, a student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a 3.2 GPA in the sciences. When invited to join, the student is on probation and must maintain these GPA requirements. In addition, Phi Sigma is a service-oriented group and requires each probationary student to contribute six hours of service per month. Three examples of qualifying service are: becoming an emergency medical technician (EMT), tutoring, or doing research (with a presentation at one of the monthly meetings). Members who graduate from probationary status and are inducted into Phi Sigma must continue to maintain these standards.

Phi Sigma also sponsors campus events, such as fundraisers and Women in Science meetings. For more information, please contact Irv Hirshfield, Ph.D., at [email protected].

Pi Delta Phi is the French national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities. The purpose of the society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

The Pi Delta Phi chapter at St. John’s inducts students in the spring. Membership is open to students who have taken at least three semesters of college French, of which one must be at an upper level, and have shown a high level of achievement in their French courses and in their courses overall. During the year, members participate in cultural activities in conjunction with the Cercle Francophone. Members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible for the Joseph W. Yedlicka Award for summer study in French language and literature in either Paris or Avignon. For more information, contact Steve Puig, Ph.D. at 718-990-8094 or [email protected].

Pi Mu Epsilon is the national honor society for mathematics, for which St. John’s University is the New York Rho Chapter. Membership is open to mathematics majors and minors who have completed MTH 1730, 1740, and two courses at or above the calculus level. The major GPA for mathematics courses should be at least 3.0, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. For more information, please contact Charles Traina, Ph.D., at 718-990-6166 or [email protected].

Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology, was founded in 1929 to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to both graduate and undergraduate students majoring in psychology who meet the minimum qualifications: at least three semesters at St. John’s, nine credits in psychology, a cumulative GPA of 3.4, and a psychology GPA of 3.5. For more information, please contact Mark Terjesen, Ph.D., at [email protected].

The Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society aims to encourage and promote mathematical and scientific studies. At meetings, students are able to interact with professionals in these fields and are offered assistance in meeting their further education and career goals.

Membership in the society is available to students majoring in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, environmental science, and psychology. Students in these majors must attend three meetings, participate in two community service events run by the society, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5 to qualify for membership. For more information, please e-mail [email protected].

Sigma Alpha Eta, the speech-language-hearing honor society, recognizes the outstanding achievement of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology students. Membership is open to students on both the Queens and Staten Island campuses who have completed required Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology courses with a 3.5 GPA in the major and an overall GPA of 3.0. For more information, please contact Anthea Vivona, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, at 718-990-1685 or [email protected].

Epsilon Kappa, St. John's University's chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, was established on April 17, 1964. The purpose of the honor society is to foment a wider knowledge of, and a greater love for the Hispanic contributions to modern culture, to provide a nucleus for Spanish language students' activities, and to reward those who show special attainments and interests. It is open to college students on the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Entre Rascacielos, the literary journal of Epsilon Kappa, is published twice a year and features student poetry and prose in Spanish. Epsilon Kappa also conducts monthly “talleres literarios” (literary workshops) to foster literary discussion, creativity, and a love of Hispanic culture among the St. John’s community. For more information, please contact Marie-Lise Gazarian, Ph.D., 718-990-5209 or [email protected], or visit the honor society's Digication page

Sigma Pi Sigma, the national physics honor society, honors outstanding scholarship in physics, encourages student interest in physics at all levels, and promotes an attitude of service in its members. The St. John’s University chapter has been the recipient of the Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter Project Award for the past five years.

Induction into Sigma Pi Sigma includes lifetime membership to the society and one year of membership to the Society of Physics Students. Undergraduate candidates must be in the upper one-third of their class in general scholarship and have a higher minimum average for physics courses. They must have completed at least three semesters of full-time college work and at least three courses in physics that count toward the major. Graduate students and faculty members may be elected at any time. For more information, please contact Huizhong Xu, Ph.D., at 718-990-1891 or [email protected].

Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, is open to both graduate students and undergraduates majoring or minoring in English. Graduate students need a minimum 3.5 GPA for membership to the honor society, and undergraduates need a minimum of three English classes beyond the core requirements, an overall GPA of 3.3, and an English GPA of 3.5. For more information, contact Amy King, Ph.D., at 718-990-5314 or [email protected].

Established in 1928, Skull and Circle seeks to recognize outstanding juniors in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who have attained a high standard of academic excellence and moral character, and who have contributed to University life through involvement in campus activities. Members are selected through a lengthy and intense process, and Skull and Circle membership is the highest honor the College can bestow upon students. Students who are selected for the society are inducted at the traditional “tapping” ceremony. For more information about Skull and Circle and how to apply, please contact Gregory Gades at 718-990-1631 or [email protected].

St. John’s University has been a member of Theta Alpha Kappa, the national honor society for religious studies and theology, since its inception in 1976. Students in the chapter have access to Theta Alpha Kappa’s vigorous national program of scholarship awards and fellowship competitions, publication in the society’s journal, and an annual prize for outstanding student papers.

Eligible students who are majoring or minoring in Theology and Religious Studies are invited to join the chapter. These students must have completed three semesters at St. John’s University (or half of the residency requirement for graduate students) and a minimum of 12 credits in theology. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in Theology and Religious Studies, with a 3.0 overall GPA, and be ranked in the top 35 percent of their class. For more information, please contact Rev. Patrick Flanagan, C.M., Ph.D., at [email protected]

The mission of the Watson Pre-Health Honor Society is to provide members with activities that enhance their knowledge of the various health care professions. Speakers from medical, dental, chiropractic, and optometry schools, as well as test preparation company representatives, health care professionals, and medical students speak to society members about how to prepare for successful entry into the competitive health field.

Potential members must attend eight meetings of the society and complete eight community service credits. They must have an overall GPA of 3.3 with an index of 3.0 in the sciences. For more information, e-mail [email protected].