National Honor Societies

National Honor Societies (by invite only)

Alpha Mu Gamma (Foreign Language Honor Society)

Alpha Mu Gamma LogoUSCB's Xi Alpha Chapter is part of Alpha Mu Gamma, the first and largest national collegiate foreign language honor society. Students who have earned A’s in two courses of the same foreign language (SPAN or FREN) or two ENGL courses (if the student’s native language is not English) and have an overall  collegiate minimum GPA of 3.0 are encouraged to apply. Interested in getting involved? Contact Dr. Ben Nelson at for more information.

Gamma Beta Phi (Honor Society)

Gamma Beta Phi LogoGamma Beta Phi is USCB’s official academic honor society. "Scholarship, Service and Character" is our motto. Membership requieres students to maintain a minimum G.P.A of 3.2 and remain in the top 20% of their class. Attending at least 90% of the meetings is required along with volunteering to community services projects each semester..  The Societies main event is its annual Scholarship Series. 

This is an opportunity for the society to give back to the students of USCB that are making a conscious effort towards excellence. Scholarships are awarded based on merit to USCB students selected by a scholarship committee. For more information contact Dr. Joe Iglesias at

Lamda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta (Communications Studies) Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter, University of South Carolina Beaufort

Lambda Pi Eta LogoLambda Pi Eta, the official honor society of the National Communication Association, was founded by the students of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas in 1985. In February 1996, Lambda Pi Eta was inducted into the Association of College Honor Societies. Today, there are almost 700 chapters of Lambda Pi Eta nationwide.

The Alpha Delta Sigma Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta was chartered by the Communication Studies program at USCB in 2016. Eligible students must meet rigorous requirements that represent the highest level of academic achievement within the discipline. These requirements include:

  •  Completion of 60 semester hours in undergraduate courses;
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average of at least 3.0;
  • Completion of the equivalent of 12 semester hours in Communication Studies courses with a Grade Point Average of at least 3.25 in those courses;
  • Be in the upper 35% of their graduating class;
  • Be currently enrolled as a full-time student in good standing with the institution.

For more information on Lambda Pi Eta, visit
Contact Dr. Jayne Violette,, (843) 208-8346

Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor Society)

Phi Alpha Theta History Honor SocietyPhi Alpha Theta, Alpha Omicron Mu chapter, is a professional History honor society with the mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. The organization seeks to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways. For more information contact Dr. Timothy James at

Phi Sigma (Biological Sciences Honor Society)

Phi Sigma Society LogoThe Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society, Gamma Chi chapter, is a national honor society devoted to the promotion of student research and academic excellence in the biological sciences. Membership is composed of faculty members and senior and junior undergraduate students who have demonstrated superior academic performance and excellence in research in the field of biology. For more information contact Dr. Steve Borgianini at

Pi Lambda Theta (Education Honor Society)

Pi Lambda Theta LogoPi Lambda Theta is an Education honor society, part of the Phi Delta Kappa International family of associations. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be recommended by education faculty for nomination on the basis of their successful practicum experiences, service learning, and high degree of professionalism. Members wear gold honor cords at graduation. Contact Mary Hope Roseneau at for details.

Psi Chi (International Honors Society for Psychology Students)

Psi Chi Logo

Psi Chi is the international honors society for psychology students and is endorsed by the American Psychological Association. 

Psi Chi is accredited by the Association of College Honors Societies (ACHS) and respected among professional ranks of all behavioral sciences. Psi Chi awards over $320,000 in awards and grants (including travel grants) for undergraduate members, graduate members, and faculty advisors. 

All members receive free access to three great publications: 1) Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is a quarterly peer-reviewed publication found in both PsycINFO and EBSCO databases. The Journal actively publishes empirical research by Psi Chi students and faculty to foster and reward the scholarly efforts of psychology students. 2) Eye on Psi Chi magazine provides valuable articles by professionals and scholars about psychology, graduate school, career advice, and more. 3) Psi Chi Digest keeps members informed about Psi Chi news and opportunities.

Membership requirements include:

  1. Psychology Major or Minor.
  2. Have completed at least 3 semesters (or equivalent) of college courses.
  3. Have completed at least 9 semester hours (or equivalent) of psychology courses.
  4. Have earned an overall minimum GPA of 3.2.
  5. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA in psychology courses.
  6. A one-time membership fee of $55.

To learn more about Psi Chi and what activities/events the chapters engage in, you may visit their website at If you would like to join Psi Chi, please contact Dr. Jody Thompson at .

Sigma Alpha Pi (The National Society of Leadership and Success)


Sigma Tau Delta (English Honor Society)

Sigma Tau Delta is USCB’s own chapter of the International English Honor Society.

Sigma Tau Delta LogoThe Society’s mission is to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature studies,provide cultural and social stimulation on college campuses, promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities, support exemplary character and good fellowship among its members, and serve society by fostering literacy.

Our campus chapter provides leadership, scholarship, service, and professional (presentation and publication outlets, national internship programs) opportunities for its members. Every year, Sigma Tau Delta holds formal ceremonies for induction into the society, officer elections, and award recognition, organizes field trips to local events of literary interest and to annual conferences and conventions, hosts themed events for the chapter, department, faculty, or students university-wide, as well as designs and participates in fundraising and service-projects to benefit the Lowcountry community.

To qualify for induction into the society, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a minimum of a “B” (3.0) average in English and general education courses.
  • Have completed a minimum of three semesters of college work.
  • Have taken a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the general education requirements (101/102).

Contact Dr. Lauren Hoffer,, (843) 208-8229