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


Dominican’s Alpha Tau chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the national honor society for French, 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
  • Ranking in the top 35 percent of the class
  • Sophomore standing

Gamma Kappa Alpha, the national Italian honor society, 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 with the annual Gamma Kappa Alpha Award for Scholarship.

Dominican’s chapter of Gamma Kappa Alpha has been active since 1976. Membership is offered to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of at least two courses in Italian beyond the intermediate level
  • Junior or senior standing
  • A B average in Italian coursework
  • Upper 35 percent of class
  • Active engagement in the study of, or research in, Italian language and literature

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, recognizes students with 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 (18 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 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)
  • GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish coursework
  • Ranking in the upper 35 percent of their class
  • Completion of at least three semesters of college work