Honor Societies

Chestnut Hill College students achieve academic distinction in many ways. One such way is through gaining membership into one of several prestigious Honor Societies. Read below to see the list of Honor Societies active on campus (and be sure to study hard, too).


Alpha Lambda Delta

A national honor society that honors high scholastic achievement during the first year in college. The Chestnut Hill Chapter of this society received national affiliation in 1993. Students with a G.P.A. of 3.5 at the end of their first year are eligible for election.


Alpha Lambda Adult Education Foundation

The ASL foundation, created in 1983, is devoted to the advancement of scholarship. Applicants must be 24 years of age or older, be matriculated in a degree program and must have at least a 3.60 G.P.A. on a 4.00 scale with thirty or more semester hours completed.


Alpha Sigma Lambda

This national honor society recognizes adult students in higher education who have achieved academic excellence and leadership while fulfilling the many responsibilities of family, work and community services. Potential inductees must be matriculated in Chestnut Hill College's School of Continuing Studies ACCELERATED Degree Program or as Kirby students in the School of Undergraduate Studies and have a minimum of thirty graded semester hours. Members shall be selected only from the highest ten percent of the appropriate population and have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.60 on a 4.00 scale.


Delta Epsilon Sigma

The national scholastic honor society for students of Catholic colleges and universities established its Alpha Upsilon Chapter at Chestnut Hill in 1941. Eligibility for election to membership is limited to students with a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.60.


Kappa Delta Epsilon

An honorary professional society, the purpose of which is to promote the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideals among its members.  Organized March 25, 1933, Chestnut Hill College established its Delta Beta Chapter, Kappa Delta Epsilon in 1999.  The society requires an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of invitation.  Education majors are eligible for nomination into the society upon completion of sixty or more semester hours and must have passed two of three Praxis examinations.


Kappa Gamma Pi

The national Catholic college graduate honor society. Membership, which is limited to no more than 10 percent of the graduating class, is based on scholarship, leadership, and service. Nominees must have received honors (Dean’s List) for seven semesters. Members are selected in recognition of past accomplishments and also in anticipation of future service.


Pi Sigma Alpha, National Political Science Honor Society


Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. It is affiliated with both the Association of College Honor Societies as well as the American Political Science Association (APSA). The mission of Pi Sigma Alpha is to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science as well as to promote the ideals of integrity and citizenship in local, national and global contexts. Nomination/Membership Requirements include:

  • students must be a political science major or minor
  • students must rank in the top third of their graduating class
  • students must hold junior status
  • students must have a major or minor GPA of 3.2
  • students must have completed at least four political science courses


Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society,  strives to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication in a variety of ways. The mission of Phi Alpha Theta is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Nomination/Membership Requirements include:

  • students must be a history major or minor
  • students must hold a career GPA of 3.0/4.0 and major or minor GPA of 3.1/4.0
  • students must have completed 12 credits or four courses in history
  • students must be in the top 35 percent of their graduating class


Psi Chi

The national honor society in psychology is an affiliate of both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. Membership in the local chapter requires a major or minor in psychology, a ranking in the top 35% of the class, a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2, a psychology G.P.A. of 3.5, Junior standing, and the completion of four or more psychology courses.


Sigma Tau Delta

The international honor society for students of English language and literature. Membership in the local chapter requires a major or minor in English or English and Communications, a ranking in the top 35% of the class, a G.P.A. of 3.0 in English, completion of three semesters of coursework at Chestnut Hill College, and completion of two courses in English (not including ENGU 101).


Sigma Beta Delta, International Business Honor Society

The national honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among students of business, management, and administration, established its Chapter at Chestnut Hill College in 2006. Eligibility for election to membership is limited to those students that rank in the upper 20 percent of their class and have achieved an overall G.P.A. of 3.50 at the time of invitation to membership following completion of at least one-half of the degree program in which they are enrolled. Transfer students who meet the qualifications for membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of one term of academic work in the department of business or college.


Tau Upsilon Alpha

Tau Upsilon Alpha is the National Honor Society for Human Services and is an affiliate of the National Organization of Human Services. Membership in the local chapter requires a major or minor in Human Services, a ranking in the top 35% of the class, a cumulative GPA of 3.25, and either junior or senior standing. Recipients must exemplify the leadership and ethical characteristics of the Ethical Standards of Human Services Professionals.