Languages and English Student Organizations

Alpha Mu Gamma World Language Honor Society

The Alpha Mu Gamma National Honor Society was established in 1931 to honor achievement in all world languages at an early stage in the student's career. Alpha Mu Gamma has as its primary purpose the honoring of students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

Members coordinate the USC Upstate celebration of National Foreign Language Week in early March and they are eligible to apply for national scholarships. Students are eligible to apply for membership if they have 

  • completed or will have completed one full college academic year by the end of the current term
  • received two grades of “A” in college level world language or American Sign Language courses
  • have a Grade Point Average of “B” (3.0) or higher in all completed college level courses not including the two world language or American Sign Language courses 
  • OR are a native of non-English speaking country who has received two grades of “A” in college level English or English as Second Language (ESL) courses

Applications are accepted throughout the month of March each spring, and they can be picked up in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center, Room 222 and returne to Dr. Carter in Media Building, Room 248B. For more information, contact Dr. June Carter at 864-503-5881 or via email at

Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society

The Alpha Alpha Lambda Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta at the University of South Carolina Upstate chartered in 2003. Chapter members work in coordination with the Honors Club, Career Services, and the Department of Languages, Literature, and Composition to engage in and coordinate professional development and career readiness activities for students in various areas of English studies--such as creative writing and professional writing, reviewing and analyzing literature, publishing and editing, library sciences, or teaching. In addition to chapter opportunities, members receive a personalized Sigma Tau Delta membership certificate and official Society pin, and are eligible to apply for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships and internships, participate in international conventions, and submit original work for publication and writing awards.

Follow us on Instagram @uscupstatesigmatau or join the USC Upstate Sigma Tau Delta Facebook Group 

Students are eligible to apply for membership if they have completed at least two courses above the ENGL U101/U102 level, earned at least an average grade of B in all English courses, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Invitations for membership are extended twice a year, but students who are close to meeting the eligibility requirements may join as associate members and participate in events until they are able to become full members. 

The annual induction ceremony takes place in late March. For more information, please contact Chapter Sponsor, Dr. Celena Kusch at 864-503-5850 or via email at

French Club

Come join us, as we explore French culture, foods, people, politics, film, literature, and events. We intend to provide our members with a greater understanding and love of France and other French speaking countries. Our members are not required to be in a French class, or to speak French. Yet, there are perks for French students! Follow us on Twitter @uscu_frenchclub

For more information, contact Dr. Araceli Hernandez-Laroche at 864-503-5221 or via email at