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Departmental Honors, Honors Societies, and Degree Honors
Attention Honors College students! There are a lot more honors for you to take advantage of than just the Pierre Laclede Honors College. Please consider applying for any relevant departmental honors, academic honors societies, and degree honors available to you. In many cases you already qualify if you are in good standing in PLHC and majoring or minoring in the necessary field. In some cases, requirements that you have to fulfill for your Honors Certificate already (for example, independent study) can be used to qualify for departmental honors. Be sure to explore these options and take advantage of all their benefits. Your Honors 4100 instructors look forward to seeing both these organizations and the wonderful experiences you have in them on your resume or CV soon! Also, please keep reading past the departmental honors and honors societies listings for various leadership opportunities, and please note that if you are reading this webpage and not a member of the Pierre Laclede Honors College, these opportunities are all open to you as well! Please take advantage of them (and consider applying to the Honors College!)
Degrees with Distinction in Research, Scholarship, or Creativity in the Arts
Degrees with Distinction. Did you know that the work you’re doing to complete your Honors College independent study requirement might also help qualify you for a degree with distinction? Students majoring in any undergraduate degree program that have obtained a minimum of 75 credits; have begun research, scholarship, or creative endeavors of exceptional quality; have a 3.5 or higher cumulative grade point average; and have a faculty mentor may apply for candidacy during their final year before graduation. Candidates produce a novel body of work that includes publication-quality research data from which to generate a senior thesis or a body of artistic accomplishments that can be displayed and/or presented as part of an exhibition or performance. Accomplishments obtained through research, fellowships, internships, and voluntary work may be used. Candidates must present and successfully defend their project to a faculty review committee. Please visit the bulletin for more information and consider discussing this option with your Honors advisor (PDF 23KB) and major advisor.
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology – Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology. If you are in good standing in the PLHC and have at least 12 hours in anthropology, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information.
Chemistry – Departmental Honors. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will award departmental honors to those B.A. and B.S. degree candidates in chemistry with an overall grade point average of 3.2. They must also successfully complete CHEM 3905: Chemical Research and must present an acceptable thesis. Visit the departmental bulletin page for more information. CHEM 3905 counts toward your Honors College independent study requirement!
Communication and Media Studies – Lambda Pi Eta, the Honor Society of the National Communication Association, Rho Chi Chapter at UMSL. If you are a junior in good standing in the PLHC, are majoring or minoring in communication or media studies, and have at least 12 hours in communication or media studies, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information and consider applying here.
Economics – Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Economics Honor Society. If you are in good standing in the PLHC and have at least 12 hours in economics, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information.
English – Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society. If you are a sophomore English major in good standing in the PLHC, you might already qualify. Sigma Tau Delta is also open to interested non-majors who have taken an English class after first year writing. Visit their departmental or national websites for more information. You can pick up an application in 402 Lucas Hall.
History – Phi Alpha Theta, the International History Honors Society. If you are in good standing in the PLHC and have completed at least 12 hours in History, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information and consider applying here.
Languages – Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society. If you have received two course grades of A in a foreign language (including ASL and English for non-native speakers), and have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may qualify. Eligible students will be contacted each semester by the UMSL Chapter Coordinator, Timothy Abeln. Visit the UMSL Chapter website for more information.
Philosophy – Pi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society in Philosophy. If you are in good standing in the PLHC and have completed at least three 9 hours in philosophy, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information.
Physics – Departmental Honors. The Department of Physics & Astronomy will award departmental honors to those B.A. and B.S. degree candidates in Physics with an overall grade point average of 3.2. They must also successfully complete at least 3 credits of PHYS 3390: Research. Visit the departmental bulletin page for more information. PHYS 3390 counts toward your Honors College independent study requirement!
Political Science – Departmental Honors. Departmental Honors are awarded to students having at least a 3.2 GPA in the Political Science major, an overall GPA of at least 3.2, and successful completion of an honors thesis, project, or report (for example, a research paper prepared for PS 3900: Special Readings). Visit their website for more information. PS 3900 counts toward your Honors College independent study requirement!
Political Science – Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honors Society. If you area junior in good standing in PLHC and have at least 15 hours in Political Science, you might already qualify. Visit their website for more information and stop by 347 SSB to pick up an application.
Psychology – Psi Chi, the International Honors Society for Psychology Majors and Minors. If you have a declared major or minor in psychology and meet the credit hour and GPA requirements, you are encouraged to apply to Psi Chi. If you’re in good standing in Honors (3.2 GPA), you might already qualify. Please visit the departmental website for more information. Additionally, undergraduate students are selected to receive the Chair’s List Award. To learn more and to see past winners, please visit the departmental website.
Sociology – Departmental Honors and other awards are made by faculty and based upon GPA and class performance. Visit their website for more information.
Golden Key International Honour Society. Golden Key is open to students in all majors and celebrates academics, leadership, and service. If you are sophomore, junior, or senior in the top 15% of your class, you might qualify. Visit their website for more information.
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. The oldest, largest, and most-selective honor society open to all majors is by invitation only. Invitations are issued each fall to the to 7.5% of juniors and top 10% of seniors. Visit their website for more information.
This webpage is under construction! Other departmental honors and honors societies from the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as from other UMSL colleges will be coming soon. Please contact the academic advising office in the college of your major to inquire about additional opportunities.
Office of Student Life Leadership Opportunities
National Society of Leadership and Success. The Society provides a step-by-step program for members to build their leadership skills through participation in the UMSL chapter. Students are selected and invited to join the Society based on credit hours and academic standing. Visit their website for more information and consider applying. PLHC Associate Teaching Professor Geri Friedline received an excellence in teaching award from NSLS in fall 2015.
Emerging Leaders. Emerging Leaders is a unique opportunity for first-year UMSL undergraduate students to get on the fast-track to student leadership, campus, and community involvement. This is a spring semester program. Visit their website for more information.
Advanced Leaders. Advanced Leaders is an 11-week program designed to enhance the skills of student leaders beyond the introductory level leadership topics. Membership is limited to UMSL students of junior and senior status. Sophomore students who have completed the Emerging Leaders Program are also invited to apply. This is a fall semester program. Visit their website for more information.
Learn more about one day leadership conferences, including the Women’s Leadership Institute and the Leadership Diversity Institute by visiting the OSL website.