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Alpha Chi

Founded in 1922, Alpha Chi is a coeducational society whose purpose is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. As a general honor society, Alpha Chi admits to membership students from all academic disciplines. To be eligible to join Alpha Chi, a student must be a junior or a senior and have a GPA that is in the top 10 percent of the eligible class.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is the international sociology honor society. This honor society serves to recognize academic excellence and interest in the study of sociology. To be eligible for lifetime membership in CSU's Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, students must be at least junior status, be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within the sociology program, have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 and a sociology GPA of 3.0 at CSU and have completed at least four catalog courses in sociology at CSU.

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice honor society and recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice.  The goals are to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity. Minimum requirements are completion of four criminal justice courses and a cumulative GPA of 3.2, a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the criminal justice major and ranked in the top 35 percent of his/her class for undergraduate applicants. Graduate applicants must have attained a GPA of 3.4 upon completion of four courses.  APS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society is dedicated to recognizing the special achievements of adult professionals who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. Student membership is strictly by invitation only and is limited to the College of Adult and Professional Studies undergraduate students seeking their first degree. Eligibility for lifetime membership in CSU's Chi Sigma Chapter includes: Student enrollment in the CAPS degree program; Eligible junior or senior student with completion of at least 30 credit hours at CSU; a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or above.

Beta Beta Beta

Beta Beta Beta (Tri Beta) 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. Active membership is available to biology majors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their biology courses.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. It is the CSU chapter's goal to spark the interest of education in psychology and provide an environment that allows growth.

Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society recognizing scholarship and achievement in business and promoting personal and professional improvement and a life distinguished by honorable service. The Business School invites qualified juniors, seniors and second year MBA students to become members. Sigma Beta Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

Sigma Delta Pi

The purposes of Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, are to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language, and the study of the literature and culture of Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who have made Hispanic contributions to modern culture known in the English-speaking world; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech; and to serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society. Membership is open to any student who has completed at least three years of study of college-level Spanish (18 semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture or civilization at the junior (third-year) level. The candidate must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all Spanish courses taken, must have completed at least three semesters of college work and rank in the upper 35 percent of his/her class.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the international English honor society. Its stated goals are to "confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies; provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language and writing; promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy."Its "central purpose 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."

Sigma Theta Tau

The Nursing Honor Society was established in 2000 to recognize seniors with the highest academic achievements.  In 2003, the Nursing Honor Society joined with the Gamma Omicron Chapter at the Medical University of SC to form the Gamma Omicron At-Large Chapter. Seniors selected for membership must have at least a 3.0 GPA, be in the top 35 percent of their class and demonstrate academic integrity and professional leadership potential. Community nurse leaders who have at least a Bachelor of Science in Nursing may apply for membership.