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Election to Honor Societies

Students who excel academically and who wish to explore the intellectual camaraderie of discipline-based national honor societies may be invited to join the following chapters at Luther.

Phi Beta Kappa (Liberal Arts)

Luther is one of the few higher education institutions in the Unites States with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, a scholastic organization that recognizes students who have achieved distinction in the liberal arts and sciences.

In accordance with the regulations of the national governing body of Phi Beta Kappa, members are elected on the basis of broad cultural interests, scholarly achievement, and good character.

The specific criteria for eligibility for election to Phi Beta Kappa at Luther include but are not limited to the following:

  • a senior must have at least 94 hours of liberal arts work (of the 128 hours required for graduation) with a high standard of scholastic achievement;
  • candidates must also fulfill the college requirements in mathematics and language.

Beta Beta Beta (Biology)

The purpose of the Pi Rho chapter of Beta Beta Beta (www.tri-beta.org) at Luther College is to recognize students for academic excellence and service in the fields of biology and biological research.

Membership in Beta Beta Beta is open to biology majors and biology minors who have completed at least 12 credits of biology (from Bio 151, 152 and courses above 200) and have earned a cumulative biology course gpa of 3.5 or better. Students fulfilling these criteria (determined by the college registrar) will be contacted in early March (assuming they’ve declared biology as their major or minor) and invited to join the Pi Rho chapter of Beta Beta Beta as a regular member. Members are expected to be involved in various departmental activities and service to the community. There is a $45 one-time fee to join Beta Beta Beta.

Members in good standing who are graduating seniors will receive Beta Beta Beta honor cords during the annual spring induction ceremony to wear at their Luther graduation. Members receive a subscription to BIOS, the Beta Beta Beta journal, can attend and present research results at an annual spring district convention or the biennial national convention, may apply for research scholarships, and can publish their results in BIOS (and receive a $50 stipend for doing so).

For more information on Beta Beta Beta, contact Dr. Larsen (larsenkj@luther.edu), Tri-Beta faculty advisor in the biology department.

Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)

Lambda Alpha encourages and stimulates scholarship and research in anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty, and other persons engaged in the study of anthropology. The Luther College chapter of Lambda Alpha, Delta of Iowa, was chartered in 2000.

Lambda Pi Eta (Communication)

Lambda Pi Eta recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement and encourages professional development among communication majors and minors. Membership is by invitation of the communication/linguistics department faculty.

Lambda Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha (Social Work)

Lambda Theta recognizes scholastic achievement in social work.

Omicron Delta Epsilon (Economics)

Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes scholastic achievement and honors outstanding achievements in economics. Membership is by invitation of the economics and business department faculty.

Phi Alpha Theta (History)

Phi Alpha Theta seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially through participation in campus, regional, and national activities. Students and professors are elected to members hip on the basis of excellence in the study or writing of history.

Pi Delta Phi (French)

Pi Delta Phi recognizes scholastic achievement in French language and literatures and promotes knowledge and appreciation for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world.

Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)

Pi Kappa Lambda recognizes and encourages the highest level of musical achievement and academic scholarship. The society is convinced that recognizing and honoring musicians who have enhanced their talents through serious and diligent study will stimulate others to do the same.

Pi Mu Epsilon (Mathematics)

Pi Mu Epsilon promotes scholarly activity in mathematics by recognizing achievement and promoting activities outside the classroom. Membership is open to majors or minors who satisfy a tiered GPA requirement in their math coursework.

Psi Chi (Psychology)

Psi Chi was founded for the purpose of advancing the science of psychology and encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship. Membership is open to psychology majors who have demonstrated superior scholarship in the discipline.

Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish)

Sigma Delta Pi recognizes the scholastic achievement of Spanish majors and minors. To be selected, a student must be a Spanish major or a minor with 25 or more credits in Spanish, have a GPA of 3.00 or above in Spanish, rank in the top 35 percent of Luther students overall, show genuine interest in things Hispanic, and be of good moral character.

Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)

Sigma Pi Sigma recognizes scholastic achievement in physics and promotes the spirit of endeavor in the field of physics and related sciences. Membership is open to students in the upper third of their class who have completed four semester courses in physics.

Sigma Tau Delta (English)

Sigma Tau Delta fosters the discipline of English, including creative and critical writing, by promoting social relations among its members, providing opportunities for service, and exhibiting high standards of academic excellence. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in English courses, rank in the top 35 percent of their class, and have completed at least three semesters and six credit hours in English beyond Paideia 111 and 112.