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  Camden Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2008 Liberal Arts Colleges Camden College of Arts and Sciences Honors and Awards Honor Societies  

Honor Societies

Alpha Delta Mu. This society is the national social work honor society. Its purpose is to advance excellence in social work practice and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in social work. To be eligible for membership, a student must have senior standing, have completed 33 credits in the social work program, and have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75 or higher or a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or higher and the recommendation of two faculty members. In addition to academic excellence, a student musthave demonstrated leadership ability, a high standard of personal behavior, and a dedication to social work practice.

Athenaeum Honor Society. The members of Athenaeum, the honor society of the college, are elected from among the best scholars in the upper classes. Membership is limited to seniors who have earned at least 60 credits at the college with a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.5 and juniors who have earned at least 80 credits at the college with a cumulative grade-point average of no less than 3.7. In addition, the society may, from time to time, elect honorary members.

Kappa Delta Pi. Membership in this national education honor society is based on academic excellence and an exhibited professional attitude that would enable one to grow in the field of education.

Omicron Delta Epsilon. Membership in this international honor society in economics requires junior or senior status, standing in the top 25 percent of class, exceptionally high grade-point averages overall and in economics, and departmental approval.

Phi Alpha Theta. Membership in this international organization for aspiring historians requires that students complete four courses in history at Rutgers-Camden, have a grade-point average in history of 3.1 or better, and an overall grade-point average of 3.0.

Phi Beta Kappa. Undergraduate arts and sciences students at Rutgers-Camden may be selected for membership in the Rutgers chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious liberal arts honorary society in the United States. The organization was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. The Alpha chapter in the state of New Jersey was established at Rutgers College in 1869. Each spring term, Phi Beta Kappa invites to membership in the society outstanding juniors and seniors who are liberal arts majors. All liberal arts majors must have an outstanding academic record (a GPA of 3.5 if seniors, 3.8 if juniors) and have taken a year of foreign language at the intermediate level. However, for election to Phi Beta Kappa, there is not a simple checklist of requirements. Generally, in addition to high academic standing, students must have completed a significant number of credits at Rutgers (the numbers vary depending on academic status and whether one has transferred), have demonstrated success broadly across the liberal arts, have taken a foreign language at least through the intermediate level, and be enrolled in a curriculum that is not predominantly professional training.

Phi Sigma Alpha. Students attaining honors standing in the college and in political science are eligible for nomination to membership in this national political science honor society.

Pi Delta Epsilon. Members are elected to this national journalism honor fraternity by the chapter members from the staff of The Gleaner.

Pi Mu Epsilon. Students who have completed the work of at least the sophomore year with honors in mathematics and who have a high class standing will be considered for membership in the national mathematics honor society.

Psi Chi. Students attaining honors standing in the college and in psychology are eligible for nomination to membership in the national psychology honor society.

Sigma Delta Pi. Students are selected on the basis of high scholastic achievement in Hispanic studies for this national Spanish honor society.

Sigma Theta Tau. Membership in the national honor society of nursing is competitive and is based on scholarship and leadership.

Tau Kappa Alpha. Members of the national forensic honor fraternity are selected by the chapter from their participation in the forensic program, including debating squads.

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