Association of College Honor Societies


Phi Sigma Iota

Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Literatures, ESL., & Cultures

Admitted to ACHS: 1950

Founded at Allegheny College, Meadville, PA, October, 1922 by Dr. Henry Ward Church

No of Active Chapters: 161

Total Membership: 40324

Annual/current Membership: 1268

Number of Regions: 6

Publications: The Forum of Phi Sigma lota

PURPOSE: The recognition of outstanding scholarship and attainment in foreign languages, linguistics, literatures, cultures, including the classics, philology, and comparative literatures; the stimulation of advanced work and individual research in any of these fields; promotion of international amity. We support efforts to define and apply the principles of academic ethics.

ELIGIBILITY: Membership is based on high scholastic attainment. At the time of election to membership, the undergraduate initiate must have attained to a B+ average or better across all language courses and be enrolled in a third- or fourth-year language course. Moreover, one must attain a minimum GPA of B over all attempted college work, and rank in the upper 35% of one's class in general scholarship at induction. As a rule, undergraduates are not elected to PSI prior to junior standing; however, sophomores of exceptional abilities who meet all stated minimal requirements, having completed at least three semesters (or five quarters) of college courses may be elected to membership. Graduate students studying one or more languages may also be elected to membership after one semester (or quarter) of graduate residence, provided that they shall have attained to a minimum B+ average in graduate studies.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: PSI awards several annual scholarships to members through competitive applications, with stipends ranging from $500 to $3,500. These include an essay of 1,500 words each in English and the language(s)of study. Members are strongly encouraged to submit articles to The Forum of Phi Sigma Iota for inclusion in the Society's publication.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Roz Macken, Administrative Director, Phi Sigma Iota, Allegheny college, 520 North Main St., Box 30, Meadville, PA 16335-3902

Tel: (814) 332-4886  

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 1/1/2020