Modern Foreign Languages Honor Societies

Accomplished modern foreign language majors who meet the requirements will be invited to join the respective honor society for their language.


The national honor society for French is Pi Delta Phi. Dominican’s Alpha Tau chapter has been active since 1951. Membership requirements are:

  • Completion of at least one course of upper-division French (i.e., beyond the intermediate-level series of courses)
  • 3.0 GPA in French, 2.8 GPA overall, AND rank in the top 35 percent of their class
  • Sophomore standing


Gamma Kappa Alpha is the national Italian honor society. Dominican’s chapter has been active since 1976. Membership is for students who have:

  • completed at least two courses in Italian beyond the intermediate level
  • is of junior or senior standing
  • has maintained a B average in Italian coursework
  • is in upper 35 percent of graduating class
  • and demonstrates an active engagement in the study of, or research in the field of Italian language and literature. 

Gamma Kappa Alpha encourages college students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, art and history.

On a national level, the organization recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian by awarding annually the Gamma Kappa Alpha Award for Scholarship.


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, recognizes overall academic excellence and superior scholarship with an active enthusiasm for all things Hispanic. The Beta Xi chapter was installed at Dominican in 1948.

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
  • Grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish coursework.
  • Ranking in the upper 35 percent of his or her class—sophomore, junior, or senior—and must have completed at least three semesters of college work.