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Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta, International Sociology Honor Society, was founded in 1920. The Mu Chapter at USC Upstate was chartered in 2009. AKD recognizes students with outstanding academic achievements in sociology. Because the mission statement of AKD is "To investigate humanity for the purpose of service," students also engage in a number of service activities throughout the year. To be a member, students must be a sociology major or minor, have junior standing (completed at least 60 hours), have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (both overall and in sociology), and must have completed at least four sociology courses at USC Upstate. For more information, contact Lizabeth Zack at 864-503-5739.

Alpha Mu Gamma
Alpha Mu Gamma is the national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States, founded in 1931. Its primary purpose is that of honoring students for outstanding achievement in foreign language study in college. For more information contact Dr. June Carter at 864-503-5881.

Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice, as well as juris doctorate students. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership, and unity. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only criminal justice honor society which is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. For more information contact Dr. Michele Covington at 864-503-5719.

Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society is an American recognition honor society recognizing participants in collegiate theatre. For more information contact Jimm Cox at 864-503-5697.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
ASL is an academic honor society for nontraditional students aged 25 or above who are combining work and raising families with earning a degree at USC Upstate. The organization has been at USC Upstate for six years. An induction ceremony is held in April to recognize nontraditional students usually with 3.6 or 3.7 and above academic averages. Nontraditional students nominate faculty for recognition as nontraditional student advocates.  For more information contact Stacey Mills at 864-552-4218.

Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society recognizing the outstanding academic achievements of students enrolled in collegiate business and management programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Membership in the Society is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a baccalaureate program in business.

Gamma Beta Phi
Gamma Beta Phi, an honor and service organization, seeks to recognize and encourage excellence in education, to promote the development of leadership ability and character of its members and to foster, disseminate and improve education through service projects. For more information contact Dr. Richard Combes at 864-503-5676.

Honors Club
The Honors Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate provides an enriching educational opportunity for motivated students committed to academic excellence. Our program provides a unique learning environment that enriches and enhances students' academic careers by offering a curriculum of study designed to prepare them for life-long learning and achievements. For more information contact Catherine Canino at 864-503-5657.

Iota Iota Iota (Triota)
Triota shall be the primary unit of undergraduate student service and leadership in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. The purpose of this organization is to provide an environment of academic excellence, encourage undergraduate research and scholarship in Gender Studies, foster relationships among students and faculty, promote interest and awareness of gender issues and academically represent the Women's and Gender Studies Program at USC Upstate. For more information, contact Dr. Lisa Johnson at 864-503-5724.

Kappa Delta Pi
A chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honorary fraternity, was established at USC Upstate in the spring of 1978. It is open to juniors and seniors who have outstanding academic records and a strong commitment to the profession of education. This honor organization is composed of individuals who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards and promise in teaching and related fields of education. Membership is by invitation. For more information, contact Rick Hartsell at 864-503-5628.

Lambda Pi Eta
The purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is to recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies, to stimulate interest in the field of communications, to promote and encourage professional development among communications majors and to provide the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communications. For more information contact Dr. Warren Bareiss at 864-503-5299.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars recognizes academic achievement and provides opportunities for members to develop leadership skills. Members positively change their campuses and communities by participating in service activities as they prepare for future endeavors like internships, graduate school and careers. Along the way, members often make valuable connections with fellow high-achieving students. This involvement can make college a more rewarding experience. For more information contact Catherine Canino at 864-503-5657.

Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest and largest all-discipline honor society, is dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic excellence in all fields of higher education. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation only. Those invited to membership include the top 7.5 percent of last-term juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors, along with outstanding graduate students, faculty, professional staff and alumni. For more information contact Shannon Polchow at 864-503-5654.

Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. The Nu Kappa chapter was chartered at USC Upstate in 1982. Membership is open to students who attain a B average, both overall and in political science courses. Applicants must have completed 10 semester hours in political science and be ranked in the upper third of their college class. For more information contact Trevor Rubenzer at 864-503-5633.

Psi Chi
Psi Chi, a National Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. The chapter at USC Upstate was chartered in 1993. To be eligible for membership, students must be psychology majors (or IDS bi-disciplinary majors) who have completed at least three semesters of college work including nine hours of psychology. Eligible students must rank in the top 35 percent of their class and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses. For more information contact Susan Ruppel at 864-503-5786.

Sigma Tau Delta
The purposes of Sigma Tau Delta is to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies, to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing. For more information contact George Williams at 864-503-5285.

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