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Academic Honor Societies

Honor societies recognize student excellence, promote understanding of the major, and provide a means by which undergraduates can network and move forward in their career. The following undergraduate organizations are affiliated with Nova Southeastern University.

Alpha Chi - Alpha Chi is an academic honor society with more than 289 chapters in the United States. To qualify for Alpha Chi, students must be juniors or seniors, complete a minimum of 24 credits at NSU, and be in the top 10 percent of their major. Qualifying students are invited to join once a year. Membership in Alpha Chi includes eligibility to compete for local and national scholarships.

Alpha Eta - Alpha Eta is the national scholastic society for the allied health professions. The society’s purpose is the promotion and recognition of significant scholarship, leadership, and contributions to the allied health professions.

Alpha Kappa Delta - Alpha Kappa Delta, the international sociology honor society, seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Alpha Phi Sigma - Established in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma is recognized by both the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the Association of College Honor Societies as the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. NSU’s chapter, Omega Tau, includes members from both the undergraduate major and the Master of Science program. The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions; and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. Alpha Phi Sigma is the largest and only official criminal justice honor society in America.

Beta Beta Beta - Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. To join the NSU chapter (Rho Rho) as a regular member, a student must be a biology major, have an overall GPA of 3.2, at least three biology courses completed (one of which is above the introductory level), an average of 3.0 or higher in all biology courses, and 45 credits or more completed toward a degree.

Kappa Delta Pi - Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. The society is a community of scholars dedicated to worthy ideals: recognize scholarship and excellence in education, promote the development and dissemination of worthy educational ideals and practices, enhance the continuous growth and leadership of its diverse membership, foster inquiry and reflection on significant educational issues, and maintain a high degree of professional fellowship. The Kappa Delta Pi Educational Foundation and local chapters award more than $100,000 annually in scholarships for academic study to active members who are undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral degree-seeking students.

Lambda Epsilon Chi - Nova Southeastern University maintains a charter membership in Lambda Epsilon Chi (LEX), the national honor society for paralegal/legal assistant studies. The purpose of LEX is to recognize those who have demonstrated superior academic performance in an established program of paralegal studies offered at an institution that is an institutional member in good standing of the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE). Students are inducted into LEX once a year. To be eligible for induction, a student must have successfully completed two-thirds of the program requirements and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.

Lambda Pi Eta - Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the honor society of the National Communication Association. NSU’s Upsilon Zeta chapter of LPH was chartered in 2005. To be eligible for membership, students must be communication studies majors with a minimum of 60 earned credit hours, a cumulative grade point average of 3.0, at least 12 earned credit hours in communication studies major courses with at least a 3.25 grade point average in those courses, and be in the top 35 percent of their class.

Phi Kappa Phi Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society’s mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Phi Kappa Phi membership is earned and qualifying students are invited once a year.

Psi Chi - Psi Chi, the U.S. national honor society in psychology, promotes excellence in scholarship and advances the science of psychology. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet minimum academic qualifications. 

Rho Rho Rho - The Beta Chapter of this honor society was established to recognize outstanding students earning a degree in marine biology. Members of Rho Rho Rho work to promote awareness of marine biology and appreciation of the marine environment with students of all majors. Students are inducted into this society each February. To be eligible for induction, the student must have declared a major or minor in marine biology, completed at least two full semesters (30 credits), completed two courses at the 2000 level or higher that qualify for the major with an average grade of 3.0 (B) or better, have an overall GPA of 3.2 or better, and be in good academic standing.

Sigma Beta Delta - 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. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the graduating class and be invited to membership by the faculty officers. Each year, students are notified by mail if they meet the criteria to join Sigma Beta Delta.

Sigma Tau Delta - Alpha Nu Iota is NSU’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society. Sigma Tau Delta’s goals are to recognize academic excellence of students of the English language and literature, as well as the accomplishments of professional writers. In order to be eligible for membership, students must be an English major or minor, have a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average in English courses, rank at least in the highest thirty-five percent of their class, and have completed at least three semesters of college work.

Sigma Theta Tau - Upsilon Chi is NSU’s chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society of Nursing. Sigma Theta Tau supports the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

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