Honor Societies

The following academic honor societies are housed within the Farquhar College of Arts Sciences. For more information about a particular society, please contact the appropriate office or division, as listed below.

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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. Contact the Office of the Dean in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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. In order to be eligible for invitation, students must be a declared sociology major or minor, be at least a junior, have a minimum 3.0 GPA in major coursework, have completed at least four sociology courses, and rank in the top 35% of their class.

Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, recognizes academic excellence of students of criminal justice and strives to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity. Eligible students are invited to join once a year. In order to qualify for membership, students must have a declared major or minor in criminal justice, have completed three full-time semesters, have a minimum 3.2 GPA (both cumulative and in the major), and rank in the top 35% of their class, with a minimum of four courses completed in the criminal justice field. Contact the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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. Anyone with an interest in biological sciences may join as an associate member. Contact the Division of Math, Science, and Technology in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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 each 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. Contact the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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. Contact the Division of Humanities in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

Psi Chi
Psi Chi, the international 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. Contact the Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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. Contact the Division of Math, Science, and Technology in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.

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. Contact the Division of Humanities in the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences.