Long Island Campus Honor Societies


At the beginning of each term, the Dean publishes the names of those students who in the previous academic semester attained an index of 3.65 or higher. Part-time students who attain an index of 3.65 or higher in units of 15 consecutive credits are eligible for the Dean’s List and must apply to the Registrar. (All courses in a given semester must be included, even if this brings the total number of credits above 15.) This list is posted on a special bulletin board in the main hall of the College, outside the Dean’s Office.


A cumulative index of 3.0 and an index of 3.70 in the major field are the minimum requirements. The faculty members of the department evaluate and vote on each academically eligible candidate as a person worthy of honors. Departments may limit the number of recipients to a percentage of their graduating majors.


The degree with honors is the highest accolade. In order to be eligible for a degree with honors, students must have completed 60 credits at St. Joseph’s College, not more than 12 of which may be Pass/No Credit. For the degree summa cum laude, a cumulative index of 3.90 will be required; for magna cum laude, 3.80; and for cum laude, 3.70. The required index must be met in two calculated indices: in the four-year cumulative index, including all credits and grades taken at other colleges; and in the last 60 credits taken at St. Joseph’s College.

honor societies

Membership in the honor societies is based on both academic and non-academic qualifications. While the requirement of superior academic achievement is common to all the societies, the non-academic criteria for admission vary, according to the nature and purpose of the particular society.

Students who are academically eligible for an honor society, i.e., who have the required index, are notified. Eligible students must then submit to the Committee on Honors an honors application, demonstrating their possession of the specific qualifications required by the honor society to which they are applying. This honors application includes an essay by the candidate, a documented list of activities and evaluations by faculty and others. The Committee on Honors reviews all applications and votes on membership in the honor societies.


Membership in the College honor society, Sigma lota Chi-SJC – is based on academic performance as well as upon outstanding personal qualities. These qualities must be reflected, at least in part, in some involvement and/or service in extra-curricular activity at the College during the past academic year. Candidates must be individuals who represent the ideals of St. Joseph’s College. Students with an annual index of 3.67 based on grades earned at St. Joseph’s are eligible for election to membership in Sigma lota Chi for one year. Part-time students may request consideration for membership after completing the equivalent of each year’s work (30 credits). No student, full or part-time, may receive membership more than four times. A student who holds membership for three years receives the key of the society.


Kappa Gamma Pi is a national honor society for women and men graduates of colleges in the Catholic tradition. St. Joseph’s was one of the original members of this organization. Candidates must have completed seven semesters with honors; i.e. they must be eligible for graduation cum laude. In addition, they must be leaders in extra-curricular campus or volunteer off-campus activities and must be willing to accept membership, knowing the responsibility for individual leadership in church, civic and Kappa sponsored activity which membership implies. No more than ten percent of the graduating class may be elected.


Delta Epsilon Sigma is a national scholastic honor society for undergraduates, faculty and alumni of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition. St. Joseph’s was one of the founding colleges and is headquarters for the Epsilon Chapter. To be eligible for membership, candidates must be persons who have a record for outstanding academic accomplishment, who have shown dedication to intellectual activity and who have accepted their responsibility of service to others. Juniors and seniors may be considered for membership, provided that they have completed one full year (30 credits) at St. Joseph’s and rank not lower than the highest twenty percent of their class in scholarship. No more than fifteen percent of a class may be elected; usually only ten percent may be elected in Junior year.


Tri-Beta is a national biology professional and honor society. Its program is three-fold, emphasizing the stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of undergraduate research. To become a regular member of the Theta Iota Chapter at St. Joseph’s College, a student must have completed at least 3 semesters of biology (12 credits), have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and have a biology course GPA of 3.0 or better. Transfer students must take at least one course at St. Joseph’s College in order to be eligible for election to the society. Service to the Biology Department and high standards of personal behavior are also required.


Delta Mu Delta is a national honor society that recognizes business administration students who have distinguished themselves scholastically and who have demonstrated good character and the leadership potential for a socially useful and satisfying career of service. Member ship is accorded to undergraduate seniors registered in programs of business administration who have a cumulative index of 3.2 or higher, are in the top 20 percent of their class and are of good character. A minimum of 18 credits in business administration must be completed at St. Joseph’s College by the time of induction.


Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society which recognizes outstanding achievement and service in the field of mathematics, while promoting an interest in mathematics among undergraduate students. It is sanctioned by the Association of College Honor Societies and chapters are located in select colleges and universities which offer a strong mathematics major. Nominations for student membership are based on scholarship, professional merit and service. Prospective candidates must have completed at least three semesters of the college course, including a minimum of three college courses in mathematics, of which one must be calculus, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all mathematics courses and an overall class rank in the upper 35 percent of the class. Transfer students may apply after completing at least one mathematics course at St. Joseph’s College, with a minimum grade of B.


Lambda Pi Eta is the national communication honor society sponsored by the National Communication Association. To become a member, a student must have completed at least 60 semester hours in college and at least 12 semester hours of communication study, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, have a communication studies GPA of at least 3.25, be in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class and display commitment to the field of communication. Minors and concentrates are eligible for membership, provided they meet the criteria.


St. Joseph’s has a chapter, Phi Mu, of the international history honor society, Phi Alpha Theta. Membership in Phi Mu is open to the whole student body. Student membership is based on a 3.5 index in at least 12 credits of History and an index of 3.0 in 2/3 of the remaining courses. Six of the 12 credits must be taken at St. Joseph’s College. Advanced placement courses do not count toward the 12 credits.


A chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, the international honor society for the Social Sciences, was established at St. Joseph’s in 2008. The mission of the Society is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service. Students are inducted annually after achieving a GPA of 3.3 in 21 social sciences credits, including sociology, economics, political science, anthropology and criminal justice. The chapter elects officers and conducts charitable events.


Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. To be eligible, undergraduates must have a major, minor, or concentration in psychology or in a field that is psychological in nature, such as human relations. They must have completed at least three semesters in college and at least nine credits of psychology, with an overall GPA of 3.5 and a GPA of 3.0 in psychology. High standards of personal behavior are also required.


Sigma Delta Pi, Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica, is the national collegiate Hispanic honor society. The purposes of the society are to honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking people; to honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech; to serve its members in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed three semesters of college courses and at least three years of college Spanish (18 credits), including at least three semester hours of a third-year course in Hispanic literature or civilization and culture. Their grades in all Spanish courses must average 3.0 and they must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class. They must show interest in things Hispanic and be of good moral character.


St. Joseph’s has a chapter, Alpha Iota Omicron, of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. The purposes of the society are to confer distinction for high achievement in the English language and literature, to promote interest in the English language and literature and to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. Membership is open to juniors and seniors who have a major, minor, or concentration in English; an overall GPA of 3.0; and an index of 3.2 in at least 12 credits of English.


Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Honoring excellence in the fields of theology and religious studies is its primary purpose and it currently hosts over 200 local chapters throughout the United States. To be inducted into the society, students must have completed at least three semesters at an institution having a local chapter in good standing, completed a minimum of twelve semester credits in courses representing religious studies or theological studies, attained a grade point average of 3.5 in such courses, attained at least a 3.0 grade point average in their total academic program and been ranked in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship.


Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an international honor society whose membership consists of outstanding undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in Computing and Information Disciplines. Members are chosen not only for their scholastic achievement in a computing science program, but also for distinguishing themselves as true professionals.

Membership is limited to those who can effectively achieve the original goals of the society, which include: the recognition of outstanding talent in the field of computing science; the promotion of scholarship and the maintenance of high standards in computing science; the representation of computing science in interdiscipinary communications; and the encouragement of individual contributions to society through computing science. To be eligible for election to membership, undergraduate students shall have attained a GPA of at least 3.0 and have completed at least 45 semester hours of credit, including 15 semester hours in the basic Computing and Information System Courses. Prospective student members must be enrolled in a degree program in Computing and Information Disciplines at the time they are considered for membership.

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