Association of College Honor Societies


Pi Delta Phi


Admitted to ACHS: 1967

Founded at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906

No of Active Chapters: 364

Total Membership: 60000

Number of Regions: 4

Publications: NEWSLETTER

PURPOSE: To recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures; to increase knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

ELIGIBILITY: There are two classes of membership: Regular and Honorary. Regular members include undergraduate and graduate students at the sponsoring institution who are nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in French. Undergraduate or graduate candidates do not need to be French or French Studies majors or minors to be nominated for membership. Requirements for undergraduate regular membership are: minimum sophomore standing, completion of at least one course of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate-level series of courses), minimum French and overall GPAs of 3.0, and rank in the top 35% of their class. Graduate students who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible for regular membership; those individuals who were inducted into Pi Delta Phi at other institutions as undergraduates are already lifetime members of the Society. Requirements for graduate regular membership are: completion of 2 graduate courses in French and a minimum 3.5 GPA in graduate coursework.

Students from neighboring institutions who take French courses at the sponsoring institution are not eligible for regular membership, but may be nominated for honorary membership.

Honorary members include: the French faculty and faculty at large of the sponsoring institution who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi; undergraduate and graduate students who do not meet the requirements for regular membership; college or university alumni who did not become members while attending the sponsoring institution; and diplomats, community and business leaders, and others who have demonstrated support of French language, and/or of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking world.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: On a national level, the Society awards scholarships for summer study abroad. On the local level, each chapter develops and sponsors campus and community activities that promote interest in the French language and/or of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking world.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. Beverly J. Evans, Executive Director, Department of Languages and Literatures, SUNY-Geneseo, Welles 211, 1 College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454-1401

Tel: (585) 245-5247  Fax: (585) 245-5399

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 5/6/2015