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Academic Honor Societies

Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice (Epsilon Beta Chapter)

Purpose: Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. The LIU Post Epsilon Beta Chapter is the largest chapter in the nation. It recognizes outstanding scholarship and academic ability of all criminal justice students.

Eligibility: To qualify, undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.0 G.P.A., and a minimum of 3.2 in criminal justice. You are eligible to apply once half of your course work is completed. For further information, call 516-299-2467.

Alpha Sigma Lambda – Adult Student Honor Society

Purpose: Alpha Sigma Lambda is the National Honor Society for adult students. Its purpose is to provide an association for and recognition of superior students in continuing higher education programs. Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work.

Eligibility: Adult students (25 years or older) who are matriculated in an undergraduate degree program are eligible for membership if they have completed a minimum of 24 graded college credits at LIU Post. At least 12 of these credits should be earned in the Liberal Arts and Sciences. Members shall be elected only from the highest 10% of the class (the class being all those students who have met the above requirements). For further information, call 516-299-2445 or e-mail

Beta Beta Beta – Biology

Purpose: Beta Beta Beta is the National Biological Honor Society. The Society seeks to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment and research investigation in the biological sciences. In addition, Tri-Beta promotes the dissemination of new information to students in the various life sciences.

Eligibility: To qualify, a student must major in one of the biological sciences with a general G.P.A. of 3.2 and a major G.P.A. of 3.3. For further information, call 516-299-2481.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Purpose: The Mission of the International Honor Society Beta Gamma Sigma is to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society, and to serve its lifelong members. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International.

Eligibility: Students enrolled in a program accepted by AACSB International, as a basis for accreditation, then he or she is eligible for consideration for membership in Beta Gamma Sigma. Candidates for baccalaureate degrees whose academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted subject to the following: Students in the next to last year of study (or its equivalent in course work) ranked among the upper 10 percent of their class may be inducted in the last term or semester (or its equivalent in course work) of that year. Students in their final year who were not previously inducted may be inducted at any time during their final year (or its equivalent in course work) if their academic rank is in the upper 10 percent of their class. For further information, call 516-299-3017.

Kappa Mu Epsilon – Mathematics

Purpose: To further the interest of mathematics in those schools which place their primary emphasis on the undergraduate program; to recognize and honor outstanding scholastic achievement of students in mathematics.

Eligibility: Initiation candidates must be regularly enrolled students who have completed at least twelve credits of mathematics (including MTH 7, 8 and 9) with outstanding grades. Minimum mathematics grade averages vary by class, with no more than two mathematics grades below B and none below C. For further information call 516-299-2448.

Kappa Theta Epsilon – Cooperative Education

Purpose: Kappa Theta Epsilon Society exists to recognize and honor cooperative education students who excel scholastically. It also serves to promote academic achievement among cooperative education students, inform students of the advantages of enrolling in a cooperative education program, and assist cooperative education offices in their recruiting efforts.

Eligibility: Those eligible for membership in Kappa Theta Epsilon are undergraduate students who have held at least one co-op position, completed at least 60 credits toward their degree, and have a grade point average of at least 3.4. For further information, contact 516-299-2435 or

Omicron Delta Epsilon – Economics

Purpose: The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer dents and faculty in economics within and among colleges and universities; the publication of the official journal, The American Economist, the sponsoring of panels at professional meetings and the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

Eligibility: Undergraduates must complete at leas 12 semester hours of economics courses. In addition, students must have a “B” average in all economics courses and an overall “B” average in all classes. Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a genuine interest in economics in addition to meeting the above requirements. For further information, call 516-299-2321.

Phi Alpha: Lambda Eta Chapter (Undergraduate Social Work)

Phi Alpha is a national honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements, and dedication to the idea of service to humanity. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to the standards, ethics, and goals of the social work profession. Seniors who are active in the BSW Social Work Club and achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.25 in required social work courses are eligible for induction. For further information, call 299-3910.

Phi Alpha: XI Beta Chapter (Graduate Social Work)

Phi Alpha is a national honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements, and dedication to the idea of service to humanity. Students must also demonstrate a commitment to the standards, ethics, and goals of the social work profession. Graduate students who are active in the Masters of Social Work Graduate Student Association (MSWGSA) and achieve an overall GPA of 3.5 are eligible for induction during their last year of graduate education. For further information, call 516-299-3919.

Phi Alpha Theta – History

Purpose: This honor society was established to celebrate academic excellence in the study of history and to encourage open debate and inquiry about the human past. Membership includes a subscription to the academic journal "The Historian" and an invitation to participate in local gatherings as well as regional and national conventions.

Eligibility: Undergraduate students need not be history majors, but must complete 12 credits in history at LIU Post, with a G.P.A. above 3.0 in history courses and an overall G.P.A. at Post of at least 3.0. Graduate students must complete 12 credits in history at LIU Post, with a G.P.A. of at least 3.5 and no grades below a B. For more information, call 516-299-2407.

Phi Eta Honor Society

Purpose: Phi Eta was founded at LIU Post in 1959 to recognize those students who meet the qualifications of Phi Beta Kappa. The Society is supervised by Phi Beta Kappa key holders on the LIU Post faculty.

Eligibility: Students must be graduating seniors for the current May conferral or have been granted a degree in either the previous January or September. They must have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.50 and may not be a business administration, accountancy or education (except secondary or adolescence education) major. Students must not have received a grade below C+ while in attendance at LIU Post or a grade below B- while in attendance at any other postsecondary institution. They must not have any standing incomplete grades, and must have a minimum of 56 weighted credits in residence at LIU Post (a maximum of 18 may still be in progress). Please note that the above qualifications must be met by February 1. For further information, call 516-299-2233.

Phi Eta Sigma – Freshman Honors

Purpose: To encourage and reward high scholastic attainment among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

Eligibility: Students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 during the first semester of college are automatically eligible for membership, provided they are full-time students. Counselor: Dr. Joan Digby, 516-299-2840 or e-mail

Phi Sigma Iota-Foreign Languages

Purpose: Phi Sigma Iota is an international honor society and recognizes outstanding ability and achievement of students and faculty in foreign languages, literatures and cultures. It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 50,000 members since its inception in 1917.

Eligibility: Student membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are majoring or minoring in a foreign language or who are studying at an advanced level. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of junior standing; have one or more upper level language courses, a 3.0 GPA in all language courses as well as an overall 3.0 GPA, and faculty recommendation and approval. Graduate students must have a 3.5 GPA and faculty recommendation and approval. Faculty memberships for qualified personnel are offered. For further information, call 516-299-2385.

Phi Sigma Tau – Philosophy

Purpose: To serve as a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy; to promote student interest in research and advanced study in this field; to provide opportunities for the publication of student research papers of merit; to encourage a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field; to popularize interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public.

Eligibility: All undergraduate candidates for Regular Membership should 1. have completed at least two college-level semester courses in philosophy and been enrolled in a third; 2. have maintained at least a 3.25 average in all philosophy courses which have been completed; 3. have a cumulative college grade point average of at least 2.5. Members must maintain these minimum grade point averages in order to remain Regular Members. For further information, call 516-299-2341.

Pi Alpha Alpha – Public Administration

Purpose: Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Honorary Society for Public Administration and Public Affairs. Its purpose is to promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration.

Eligibility: Accelerated undergraduate students and graduate students who have completed 50 percent of their coursework and who have attained a cumulative 3.7 G.P.A. are eligible for induction into the honor society. For further information, call 516-299-3017.

Pi Gamma Mu – Social Sciences

Purpose: The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to improve scholarship in the social sciences and to achieve synthesis therein; to inspire social service to humanity by an intelligent approach to the solution of social problems; to engender sympathy toward others with different opinions and institutions by a better mutual understanding; and to supplement and to support, but not to supplant, existing social science organizations by promoting sociability and attendance at meetings.

Eligibility: Any person of good moral character who is, or was, an officer, member of the teaching staff, alumnus, graduate student, Senior or Junior in college, university, or other institution of higher learning, where there is a chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, may be elected to membership by a majority vote of the chapter under the supervision of chapter faculty members or by a committee of chapter faculty members. Such a person must have had at least 20 semester hours of social science with an average grade therein of not less than B or 85 percent, and has further distinguished himself or herself in the social sciences. Only students in the upper 35 percent of their class may be admitted to the Society. For further information, call 516-299-2233.

Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science

Purpose: Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Honor Society for Political Science. Its purpose is to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government among men and women students at institutions of higher learning in which chapters are maintained.

Eligibility: Juniors, Seniors and graduate students meeting the following criteria are eligible for induction: 1) a minimum cumulative average of 3.5; 2) completion of at least 15 credits of political science coursework; 3) a minimum average of 3.75 in political science; and 4) successful review by departmental faculty. For further information, call 516-299-2407.

Psi Chi – Psychology

Purpose: To advance the science of psychology; and to encourage, stimulate and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields.

Eligibility: For active student membership, the student must be enrolled in an accredited college or university, and must have completed 12 quarter (eight semesters)hours of psychology, or nine quarter (six semester) hours and registered for at least three quarter (two semester) hours of psychology in addition, or equivalent credits in psychology. He or she must be registered for major or minor standing in psychology, or for a program in psychology, which is equivalent to such standing. Undergraduate students must rank not lower than the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship; graduate students must have an average grade of B in all graduate courses. All must have the vote of three-fourths of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter. For further information, call 516-299-2377.

Sigma Delta Pi – Spanish

Purpose: To honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the literature and the culture of the Spanish speaking people; to honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known to the English-speaking peoples and to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater understanding of Hispanic culture.

Eligibility: Student membership, undergraduate and graduate, is based on scholastic attainment, character, and genuine interest in Hispanic culture. Distinguished, honorary, and associate memberships are granted nonstudents under conditions specified in the Constitution, and membership in LosOptimates and in the Orders of DonQuixote and Los Descubridores recognizes exceptional and meritorious service in the fields of Hispanic scholarship, the teaching of Spanish, and the promotion of relations among English-speaking countries and those of Hispanic speech. For further information, call 516-299-2385.

Sigma Tau Delta – English

Purpose: To confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate and graduate studies in English language and literature, to provide cultural stimulation on Campus, to stimulate community interest in English, to foster high citizenship and responsibility, and to encourage creative and critical writing.

Eligibility: Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed at least three semesters of college work and a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. They must also have a minimum of a B grade point average in English and rank in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. Candidates for graduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English (including English for Adolescence or Middle Childhood Education), have completed six semester hours of graduate work in English with a minimum grade point average of 3.3 in these courses.