Oct 23, 2019  
2019-2020 General Catalog 
2019-2020 General Catalog

National Honor Societies with Chapters at USU

Alpha Kappa Delta

In 1920, University of Southern California sociologist Dr. Emory S. Bogardus founded Alpha Kappa Delta for the purposes of stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society.  The purpose of the honor society is to promote scholarship, but the focus has always been fellowship for students, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels.  Conferring a charter signifies that the institution meets high standards of program quality and scholarship. Individual students must also meet high standards.  In the 1930s, undergraduate students needed the equivalent of a 'B+' average in at least 12 hours of sociology and a 'B' average, overall, to be considered.  Today, to become a member of AKD, a student has to be at least a junior and rank in the top 35% of his or her class, or have an overall GPA of a 3.3. A student must also have 3.0 GPA in sociology, with at least 12 hours of sociology course-work, or 4 classes.  Graduate students need to complete at least one-half year of course work in sociology while maintaining at least a 'B' average, and continue to be matriculated in a program of study leading towards a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution. 

Chapter Advisor:  Dr. Peggy Petrzelka, Sociology, Peggy.Petrzelka@usu.edu,   435-797-1230

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma international honor society was founded in 1913 to recognize superior scholarship in business. It is the highest international recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive. The USU chapter was established in 1975.

Membership is by invitation only and is limited to the top 20 percent of business graduate students, the top 10 percent of seniors with business majors, and the top 7 percent of juniors with business majors. Candidates must have completed one year of study at Utah State University.

Chapter Advisor: Jenny Jones, Academic Advisor, Business 309, (435) 797-2272

Gamma Theta Upsilon

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society for the discipline of geography. Membership is earned through superior scholarship both within and beyond geography. GTU was founded in the United States in 1928, and the USU chapter, Zeta Pi, was founded in 1982. Joining members pay one-time national organizational dues of $40. Benefits include lifetime membership and eligibility for national GTU scholarships.

Membership in Zeta Pi is by invitation, based on an annual screening to identify students who meet the eligibility requirements. To be invited to join, students must have a GPA of at least 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in geography courses, rank in the top 35% of their class, have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, and have completed at least 3 semesters of full-time college course work. Members do not need to be geography majors. New members at USU are inducted into GTU every April or May.

Chapter Co-Advisors: Dr. Peter Howe (peter.howe@usu.edu) and Dr. Claudia Radel (claudia.radel@usu.edu), Department of Environment and Society.

Golden Key

Golden Key International Honour Society is an academic honor society which recognizes academic excellence among all sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students in the top 15 percent of their class. With more than 25 years of tradition, Golden Key remains committed to scholarship, career development, leadership, and service.

Members are connected to exclusive career opportunities through Golden Key's partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The society provides campus and community service, as well as leadership and networking opportunities, enabling personal growth and leadership development. A minimum of two scholarships are awarded annually to outstanding members at Utah State University.

Chapter Advisor: Lisa Vaughn, Community Service Coordinator, Student Involvement and Leadership Center, Taggart Student Center 326, (435) 797-1740, lisa.vaughn@usu.edu

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is an honors organization founded on the principles of scholarship, leadership, and service. Each plays an important role in one's personal development. Society members are encouraged to pursue each of these ideals  with a sense of passion and dedication. The society's mission is to:

  1. Recognize and celebrate high achievement among first- and second-year college and university students across all academic disciplines.
  2. Encourage and promote high standards throughout the collegiate experience.
  3. Provide opportunities for personal growth and leadership development.
  4. Organize and encourage community service.
  5. Foster an overall appreciation for the value of higher education.

Chapter Advisor: Melanie Chambers, Learning Specialist, Academic Success Center, TSC 305, (435) 797-1006, melanie.chambers@usu.edu

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose purpose is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together, both intellectually and socially; and it encourages and assists historical research and publication by its members in a variety of ways. The History Honor Society, Inc., Phi Alpha Theta, was organized at the University of Arkansas on March 17, 1921. Since that time, it has grown to more than 820 chapters and has initiated more than 275,000 members. The USU chapter was established in 1952.

Membership is open to those students who have completed 12 credits of history courses, with a 3.1 GPA in history coursework. A 3.0 overall GPA is required. Students need not be history majors to become Phi Alpha Theta members.

Chapter Advisor: Jonathan Brunstedt, Assistant Professor of History, (435) 797-1291, jonathan.brunstedt@usu.edu

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is a national honor society, founded in 1897 to recognize and encourage superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Membership is based upon academic achievement and is proffered to undergraduate and graduate students who obtain a grade
point average in the highest 10 percent of those graduating from each college at USU. The national organization awards 50 graduate school fellowships each year to students from throughout the country and sponsors undergraduates for internships and study abroad programs. Each year, the USU chapter also awards two to three scholarships to outstanding juniors and recognizes faculty members for their achievements.

Chapter Advisor: Melanie Ivans, (Assistant to the Dean, College of Engineering), Engineering (ENGR) 413E, (435) 797-2021, melanie.ivans@usu.edu

Pi Sigma Alpha

Founded in 1920, Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for undergraduate and graduate students of political science. There are now more than 600 chapters established in colleges and universities in the United States, and Pi Sigma Alpha is one of the largest academic honorary societies in the U.S. The USU Alpha Iota Chapter was inaugurated in 1947. The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is to stimulate scholarship and interest in the subject of government by providing recognition and benefits to students who have excelled in the field.

Benefits of Membership. Membership in an honor society is a worthy distinction in itself, and as a measure of academic achievement can provide a tangible advantage in a competitive world. All members, regular and honorary, receive a certificate of membership and permanent enrollment on the society's membership rolls, maintained by the national office. Members may apply for scholarships for both graduate study in political science and Washington semester programs, as well as for Best Paper awards. Pi Sigma Alpha gives students opportunities for valuable administrative experience as chapter officers or organizers of chapter activities.

Membership Eligibility. Minimum standards for admission for juniors and seniors are completion of at least 12 semester credits of work in government, political science, international relations, or public administration, including at least one upper-division course, with a 3.2 GPA.

Programs. Pi Sigma Alpha activities are carried on mainly at the chapter level and include presentations by visiting scholars, talks by USU professors, socials, internship and graduate school preparation, service activities, career guidance, best paper competition, and much more.

The Alpha Iota Chapter has been recognized for excellence by the national office. The chapter has received several best chapter awards, as well as the best chapter advisor awards.

Chapter Advisor: Damon Cann, Associate Professor, Main 324-D, (435) 797-8705, damon.cann@usu.edu

Phi Upsilon Omicron

Phi Upsilon Omicron, National Honor Society in Family and Consumer Sciences, was established in 1909 to recognize and encourage academic excellence, develop qualities of professional and personal leadership, provide opportunities for service to the profession and encourage professional and personal commitment in order to advance family and consumer science and related areas, and to encourage personal and professional integrity. 

Membership is open to students in Family and Consumer Sciences, Family and Consumer Sciences Education, Family, Consumer, and Human Development, Family Life Studies, Interior Design, and Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences.

Chapter Advisor: Teresa Bodrero, Gun Shed 103, (435) 797-1548, Teresa.bodrero@usu.edu 


Pinnacle was founded in 1989 for the purpose of recognizing the achievements of adult and nontraditional students. Utah State's chapter was established that same year, and USU's first members were inducted in 1990. Membership in Pinnacle acknowledges nontraditional students for their academic achievements, service contributions, and leadership both on campus and in the community. Initiates must meet the USU Access and Diversity Center's definition of nontraditional student, must have earned an overall institution GPA of 3.0 or higher, and must have been involved in campus and/or community activities. Membership is open to no more than 15 percent of nontraditional students at USU. Eligible students may apply for membership through the Access and Diversity Center.

Chapter Advisor: Michelle Bogdan-Holt, Director, Access and Diversity Center, Taggart Student Center 315, (435) 797-1728

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship for the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever, in that recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to selfrealization. By recognizing that what they do does make a difference, students are motivated to achieve higher productivity. When shared with others, accomplishments are enjoyed more. Furthermore, the contacts made through Psi Chi will be valuable throughout the student's educational and professional career.

Membership is open to undergraduate students who have completed a minimum of 3 semesters and have registered for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program which is psychological in nature. Undergraduates must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) in general scholarship. For graduate students, an average grade of B or better is required in all graduate courses, including psychology.

Faculty Advisors: Melanie Domenech Rodríguez, Professor of Psychology, Education 425, (435) 797-3059, melanie.domenech@usu.edu; Renée Galliher, Professor of Psychology, Education 479, (435) 797-3391, renee.galliher@usu.edu

Sigma Tau Delta

The central purpose of Sigma Tau Delta, National English Honor Society, is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of
professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature.

With more than 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members are inducted annually. Members of the society have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, and advance their careers through scholarships and publication. Members are also assisted in making career choices.

The Rho Tau chapter was organized at Utah State University in 1996. Membership requires completion of at least three semesters of college coursework, completion of at least two English courses beyond the General Education requirements, and an average grade of B or better in English classes.

Further information about Sigma Tau Delta can be found at: http://www.english.org/sigmatd/

Chapter Advisor: Shane Graham, Associate Professor, English Department, Ray B. West (RWST) 301B, (435) 797-2719, shane.graham@usu.edu