Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the national honor society for sociology. It was established in 1920 at the College of Southern California and the charter for the local chapter at Le Moyne (Upsilon) was approved by the AKD council in 1975. The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to recognize outstanding work by undergraduate students majoring in sociology who are in their junior or senior year and to provide a medium — the refereed journal Sociological Inquiry — through which scholarly work in sociology can be com¬municated to the scientific community. Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors an annual undergraduate paper competition and provides funds for student research projects and symposia. Membership in AKD is a nationally recognized mark of distinction for a student’s résumé or application to graduate programs. The invitation to Le Moyne students who qualify for membership is made annually, early in the spring semester.
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is a National Honor Society dedicated to the advancement of scholarship among part-time students in higher education. Requirements for membership include the completion of at least 24 credit hours as a part-time student at Le Moyne. Students must also have a G.P.A. of 3.4 in order to be eligible for membership (an induction ceremony is held every spring). Further information about Delta Iota, Le Moyne’s chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, is available from the Center for Continuing Education (RH 342, 445-4141).
Alpha Sigma Nu
Alpha Sigma Nu, the Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, was established to honor students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service. Student membership is conferred on approximately 10 students from the senior class and 10 from the junior class each year. Student members must have a scholastic rank in the top 15 percent of their class as measured by their cumulative G.P.A. They must also meet qualifications of service to their school and communities and loyalty to the Jesuit ideals of higher education. Membership is limited to no more than 4 percent of a graduating class.
Beta Beta Beta
The Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society is a society for students, particularly undergraduates. It seeks to encourage scholarly attainment in this field of learning by reserving its active membership for those who achieve superior academic records and who indicate special aptitude for and major interest in the life sciences. It desires to cultivate intellectual interest in the natural sciences and to promote a better appreciation of the value of biological study. It thus welcomes into associate membership other students who are interested in biology. Beta Beta Beta also endeavors to extend the boundaries of human knowledge of nature by encouraging new discoveries through scientific investigation and to this end encourages undergraduate students to begin research work and report their findings in the society’s journal, BIOS. It emphasizes, therefore, a three-fold program: stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of biological research.
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is a national honor society in the field of business administration and accounting. The society was founded in 1913 and admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1963. Each year the Le Moyne chapter of Delta Mu Delta invites juniors and seniors with a G.P.A. of 3.25 or higher, of good character and in the top 20 percent of their class to join the society.
Kappa Delta Pi
The most prestigious honor society in teacher education, Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society is open to qualified students in the Le Moyne teacher education program. Sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students who meet the criteria may apply to Le Moyne’s chapter, Upsilon Psi. Criteria information and applications are available in the education office.
Omicron Delta Epsilon
The Alpha Omega chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon was chartered in April 1982 and is open to economics majors and minors who have demonstrated academic excellence in economics and throughout their curriculum. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are: to recognize scholastic attainment in economics and outstanding achievements in economics by economists at all levels; to promote closer interaction between students and faculty in economics within each college or College and among campuses; and to emphasize the professional aspects of economics as a career choice for service in academia, business, government and international organizations. Members are encouraged to submit entries for the Frank Taussig Award, an annual international competitive award for student papers in economics.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in history which seeks to promote the study of history by bringing together students, teachers and writers of history on both an intellectual and a social basis. The Alpha Gamma Iota chapter was chartered at Le Moyne College in 1985 and is open to history majors who have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership potential. It conducts an annual initiation ceremony and banquet, sponsors an annual guest lecture by a prominent historian and encourages Le Moyne students to present papers at regional Phi Alpha Theta conferences.
Phi Sigma Tau
Symposium and its sister organization, Phi Sigma Tau, sponsor a series of philosophical dialogues each semester. The typical session consists of a presentation by a philosopher or theologian of local or national standing, or a group member, followed by a dialogue about the subject, and a question-and-answer period. Topics in recent years have consisted of medical ethics, feminist theory, philosophy of the body, critiques of both films and the stars appearing therein, ethics, race and class issues and environmental philosophy. Sessions have been led by members of the Le Moyne faculty, faculty from other colleges and universities, Le Moyne students, and outside experts from various fields. Symposium is also a forum for students to present and discuss advanced research/writing.
Pi Gamma Mu
Le Moyne has a chapter of the national social science honor society, Pi Gamma Mu. The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to improve scholarship in the social sciences, to inspire social service to humanity, to engender empathy toward others with different opinions and institutions by a better mutual understanding, and to supplement and support existing social science organizations by promoting sociability and attendance at meetings. Any person of good moral character who is a senior or junior and who has had at least 20 semester hours of social science with an average grade of not less than B or 85 percent may be elected to membership by a majority vote of the chapter under the supervision of chapter faculty members. Only students in the upper 35 percent of their class may be admitted to the society by any chapter in one year.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. Le Moyne has an accredited chapter of the society (Tau Alpha). The goals of Pi Sigma Alpha are to honor outstanding students and to support and promote extracurricular activities related to public affairs. Students who are political science majors, have completed at least 10 hours in the major and who possess a G.P.A. of 3.3 (overall and in the major) are eligible for membership.
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. Le Moyne’s local chapter was granted in October 1990. The purposes of Psi Chi are to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology and to advance the science of psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is earned and is for life. To be eligible for membership, undergraduate students must have completed nine hours of psychology, be registered as a psychology major or minor, and be in the top third of their class in general college work.
Sigma Alpha Pi
The Society is a nationally recognized, leadership organization that helps students discover and achieve their goals. The Society offers life-changing lectures from the nation’s leading presenters and a community where like-minded success oriented individuals come together and help one another succeed. The Society also serves as a powerful force of good in the greater community by encouraging and organizing action to better the world.
Theta Alpha Kappa
Founded in 1976 at Manhattan College in Riverdale, N.Y., Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society in religious studies and theology. The Alpha Delta Nu Chapter was established at Le Moyne College in 1998. The purpose of the organization is to recognize outstanding achievement in the academic study of religion, namely, the study of the religious dimension of human experience as that is expressed in all forms of human culture. To be eligible for membership, junior or senior students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in religious studies with a G.P.A. of 3.50 in those courses, have earned an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.00, and be ranked in the upper 35 percent of their class at the time of induction. Invitations to membership are extended by the faculty in religious studies to those deemed eligible in the spring term each year.