Honor Societies

Qualified University of Pikeville students are provided the opportunity to participate in the following honor societies:

Alpha Mu Gamma

Alpha Mu Gamma is a national collegiate foreign language honor society founded at Los Angeles City College in 1931. More than three hundred charters have been granted to chapters in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Chapters are found both in state and private universities and in public and private two and four year colleges.

In January 1957, through the efforts of Sister Eloise-Therese of Sigma chapter at Mount Saint Mary’s College, the week of February 16-22 was proclaimed at “National Foreign Language Week” by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Each successive President has continued to proclaim National Foreign Language Week, and the tradition is now celebrated in high schools, colleges and universities in the United States during the first full week of March.

The aims of Alpha Mu Gamma are to (1) recognize achievement in foreign language study, (2) nurture an interest in the study of foreign languages, literatures and civilizations, (3) stimulate a desire for linguistic attainment and (4) foster sympathetic understanding of other peoples through the medium of languages.

Membership is generally offered to students who have a 3.0 Overall Grade Point Average and who have earned 2 A’s in one foreign language. Students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation a member receives a parchment certificate of membership, and may wear the scroll-shaped gold pin or key.

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta: Pi Zeta chapter (Tri-Beta) is the National Biological Honor Society. It has over 500 chapters in colleges and universities across the United States. Founded in 1922 at Oklahoma State Univiersity, Tri-Beta promotes the enrichment of the undergraduate experience in biology through club activities, undergraduate research and other means that complement the formal instruction received in the classroom.

Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). LPH represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics.

Goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to: recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, stimulate interest in the field of communication, promote and encourage professional development among communication majors, provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication, establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students and explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

Eligible students have a 3.0 GPA and have completed 60 semesters, and have a 3.25 GPA for communication studies courses with 12 semester hours completed.

Lambda Sigma

Lambda Sigma is a national honor society for second-year college students dedicated to fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship and service among its members as they promote the interests of the colleges and universities they represent. Candidates for membership are those first-year students who have placed in the top 35% of the class academically at the time of selection and who have shown strong evidence of leadership. Students meeting these qualifications are eligible for selection in the spring term following completion of at least one academic term. Members are selected in the spring and are active members during their second year. Membership consists of not more than 50 students nor fewer than 15 students.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by Professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history he invited students to a meeting to form the society, then called the "University Historical Society", on the 14th of March, and the society was officially recognized on the 17th. In April, the decision was made for the society to be known by the Greek letters Phi Alpha Theta.

Undergraduate students must have a 3.0 overall grade point average, at least a 3.1 in their history courses, and be in the top 35% of their class. Students need not be majoring in history, but must have taken at least 12 credit hours of history classes.

Phi Beta Lambda

FBLA-PBL is the largest business career student organization in the world. The high school division has 215,000 members, while the postsecondary division reaches over 11,000 college students. The newest group, FBLA-Middle Level, is showing remarkable growth with nearly 15,000 student members. Finally, the Professional Division has reached over 3,000 members. Over 11,000 advisers round out the group. Exclusive membership and career recognition programs are designed for each division to provide additional personal and chapter development opportunities.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929, for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi has chapters located in more than 940 colleges and universities. The University of Pikeville chapter was installed in the fall of 2000. Membership is open to psychology majors and minors who have completed nine semester hours of psychology, achieved a cumulative and psychology GPA of at least 3.0 and ranked in the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship.

Sigma Beta Delta

Membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior, senior or master's class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers.

The purposes of Sigma Beta Delta are to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management and administration, and to encourage and promote personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 600 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices and advance their careers.

The University of Pikeville chapter was installed in the spring of 2004. Students with a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English, who rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of their class in general scholarship and who have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work are eligible. Full-time faculty members who sponsor a chapter are also eligible.

Associate membership is available to currently enrolled students, undergraduate or graduate, who have the requisite academic background but who are not majoring or minoring in English. In addition, non-sponsoring faculty members with a degree in English may be associate members.

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is by invitation, extended through a local chapter on behalf of the international organization. Students who meet the qualifications for membership must apply through the chapter on their campus. Once a student contacts the local chapter, the sponsor will check the qualifications and recommend that student for membership.

Sigma Zeta

Sigma Zeta is a national honor society that encourages and fosters the attainment of greater knowledge in the fields of science and mathematics and recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement through active, graduate and honorary memberships. The Beta Xi Chapter was installed in the spring of 1999. Membership is open to students who have declared majors in mathematics, computer science and natural science, completed at least 15 semester hours in these areas with at least a 3.0 GPA and earned an overall GPA of 2.75.

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