• Honor Societies

    The following is a listing of Honor Societies.

  • Alpha Phi Sigma (CRIMINAL JUSTICE)

    Monmouth University Box: c/o Criminal Justice Dept

    Contact: Michele Grillo

    Phone: 732-263-5650

    Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice honor society. The members of Alpha Phi Sigma provide leadership for the criminal justice profession by promoting academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship; by assisting in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners; by providing opportunities for service to the community and the profession; and by encouraging greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession.

    Beta Beta Beta/Chi Eta

    Contact: Dr. Dennis Rhoads/Dr. Pedram Daneshgar

    Phone: 732-571-4435/732-923-4784

    Monmouth University has an active chapter of Beta Beta Beta, the national Biology Honor Society. To be eligible as a regular member the following requirements must be met: 1. Student must be a biology major; 2. Student must have completed three semesters of college-level biology; 3. Student must have a 3.2 GPA or higher in his/ her biology courses. Students must remain in good academic standing. Another category of membership exists for students who have not yet met the requirements for membership (or have majors other than biology). This is known as “associate membership,” and students must demonstrate an interest in biology and be in good academic standing. The club has sponsored speakers in various biology-related careers and performed various community service tasks, such as food drives and helping in nursing homes. Members have taken science-related trips and have undertaken various fundraising activities. Many members are involved in scientific research.

    Beta Gamma Sigma

    Monmouth University Box: Leon Hess Business School

    Contact: Barrie Bailey

    Phone: 732-263-5344

    Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for undergraduate and graduate scholars in business programs accredited by AACSB International. Membership is by invitation only. Students are normally invited for membership if they are in the top 10 percent of their class as juniors, or seniors, or in the top 20 percent as graduate students

    Chi Alpha Sigma (ATHLETICS)

    Monmouth University Box: Athletics, Monmouth University

    Contact: Tom Bieber

    Phone: 732-571-7573

    Chi Alpha Sigma is a nonprofit organization established to recognize college student-athletes who earn a varsity letter in at least one sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years. Chi Alpha Sigma’s purpose is to encourage and reward high academic scholarship of college-athletes at four-year accredited colleges and universities. To recognize outstanding academic achievement by intercollegiate varsity letter winners. To encourage good citizenship, moral character, and friendship among the high academic achievers in college athletics. To recognize and honor the individual athlete, his/her team, sport, athletic department, and college or university. To mentor and to provide leadership to other athletes.


    Monmouth University Box: Department of Psychological Counseling and Department of Educational Leadership, School Counseling, and Special Education

    Contact: Dr. Stephanie Hall/Dr. David Burkholder

    Phone: 732-263-5731

    Chi Sigma Iota is an international honor society for counseling. Students are eligible to become members when they have completed at least one semester of full-time study (9 credit hours) and have a grade point average of 3.5 or above. Monmouth University’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota is called Mu Upsilon Omega. The faculty advisor for the Psychological Counseling program is Dr. Stephanie Hall. Dr. Hall can be contacted by e-mail at shall@monmouth.edu. The faculty advisor for the School Counseling Program is Dr. Sheila Witherspoon. Dr. Witherspoon can be contacted by e-mail at swithers@monmouth.edu.

    Eta Sigma Gamma

    Contact: Andrea Hope, EdD, CHES

    Phone: 732-263-5307

    A national professional honorary whose objectives are the promotion of teaching, research, and service in and for the health education discipline. Eta Sigma Gamma’s mission is to promote the discipline by elevating the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally prepared men and women in health education.

    Gamma Kappa Alpha

    Monmouth University Box: c/o Foreign Language Studies

    Contact: Dr. Maria G. Simonelli

    Phone: 732-263-5808

    The members of Gamma Kappa Alpha, the National Italian Honor Society, pledge to uphold and further the Italian language and culture. The initials signify “Knowledge and Virtue,” two attributes that they will strive to maintain throughout their lives. They pledge to stay true to their dreams and never stray from their belief, and carry forth the traditions that have made Italians great.


    Monmouth University Box: TBA

    Contact: Jon Buchalski

    Phone: 732-571-3586

    The Zeta Lambda Chapter of Gamma Sigma Alpha was established in the spring of 2002. Gamma Sigma Alpha National Greek Academic Honor Society was founded to promote intellectual interaction between Greek students and the academic community. The purpose of the society is to promote the advancement of education among Greeks; to instill a greater spirit of cooperation among Greek students and organizations; and to encourage excellence in scholarship. Fraternity and sorority members who have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and are juniors or seniors are invited to join this honor society.

    Kappa Delta Pi / Nu Tau

    Monmouth University Box: c/o Education Dept

    Contact: Mary Brennan/Dr. Carolyn Groff

    Phone: 732-263-5292/732-263-5411

    Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education that provides leadership experience, service projects, professional growth, and fellowship. The purpose of Kappa Delta Pi is to promote excellence in education. KDP invites into its membership undergraduates who exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in the field of teaching. All initiates must have completed 70 credits, with at least 12 semester hours of professional education courses completed, or in progress. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.2 or better.

    Lamda Alpha

    Monmouth University Box: C/o History & Anthropology Dept.

    Contact: Rich Veit

    Phone: 732-263-5699

    Lambda Alpha is the national honor society for anthropology. Its requirements are 12 credits in history and a 3.2 GPA. Lambda Alpha is dedicated to promoting the study of anthropology. The name Lambda Alpha is composed of the initial letters of the Greek words Logos Anthropou, meaning “The Study of Humans.” Monmouth University’s chapter, Alpha of New Jersey, was the first in the state. The national organization offers a variety of competitive scholarships.

    Omicron Delta Kappa

    Contact: Jon Buchalski

    Phone: 732-263-5319

    Omicron Delta Kappa is a national leadership honor society that recognizes and encourages achievement in scholarships, athletics, campus and community service, social and religious activities, campus government, journalism, speech, mass media, and creative and performing arts. Qualifications for membership are exemplary character or community life, superior scholarship, genuine fellowship, and commitment to democratic ideals. Candidates must have completed 57 credits. Applicants of junior status must have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA. Senior status must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.


    Monmouth University Box: C/o Office of Student Activities

    Contact: Jon Buchalski

    Phone: 732-263-5319

    The Order of Omega is a national honor society that recognizes fraternity and sorority members who excel in scholarship, leadership, and service. Students who have earned at least a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and are juniors or seniors may apply for membership. Membership applications are accepted each semester.

    Phi Alpha (Social Work)

    Monmouth University Box: School of Social

    Contact: Dr. Carolyn Bradley / Dr. Helen O’Brien

    Phone: 732-263-5447 / 732-263-5371

    A national social work honor society, Phi Alpha’s motto, “through knowledge – the challenge to serve” demonstrates its commitment to fostering high standards of education for social work students. Students who have attained excellence in scholarship and academic achievement are invited to join.

    Phi Alpha Theta / Iota

    Monmouth University Box: C/o History and Anthropology Department

    Contact: Professor Hettie Williams

    Phone: 732-263-5703

    Phi Alpha Theta is a history honor society. Its requirements for undergraduates are senior standing and a minimum 3.2 GPA and for graduate students is 18 credits and a 3.7 grade point average, or better.

    Phi Delta Kappa (EDUCATION)

    Monmouth University Box: C/o Curriculum and Instruction Dept

    Contact: Laurel Chehayl

    Phone: 732-263-5191

    Phi Delta Kappa is an international professional fraternity of men and women in education. The membership is composed of recognized leaders in the profession and graduate students whose leadership potential had been identified. Members include classroom teachers, school administrators, college and university professors, and educational specialists of many types. Graduate students may be elected to membership, provided that such students are definitely preparing for a life career in educational service, or have been in residence any time during the fiscal year in which membership is proposed, and have completed or are currently taking 15 semester hours of graduate courses at an accredited institution

    Phi Eta Sigma

    Contact: Golam Mathbor

    Phone: 732-263-5523


    Phi Eta Sigma is an honor society for freshmen with a grade point average of 3.5 or better. Its goals are to keep students thinking about their academics.


    Monmouth University Box: 17

    Contact: Rekha Datta

    Phone: 732-571-4438

    Pi Sigma Alpha is the Political Science Honor Society. The requirements for Pi Sigma Alpha are: not fewer than 12 political science credits, with at least 9 credits taken at Monmouth University;a minimum 3.0 GPA in political science; and a minimum 2.75 overall GPA. Applications are online. A $30 initiation fee is required by the national society.

    Psi Chi (PSYCHOLOGY)

    Monmouth University Box: 32

    Contact: Dr. Lisa Dinella

    Phone: 732-263-5295

    Psi Chi is the national honor society for psychology majors. Qualifications are an overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.0 in psychology. The organization engages in various fundraisers to support local, national, and international communities. Psi Chi provides a number of events for all who wish to learn more about psychology in a social and relaxing atmosphere.

    Rho Lambda

    Contact: Jon Buchalski

    Phone: 732-263-5319

    The Zeta Xi chapter of Rho Lambda, the International Panhellenic Leadership Recognition Society, was founded at Monmouth University in the spring of 2001. The purpose of Rho Lambda is to honor those women within the Panhellenic community who have exhibited the highest qualities of leadership and service to Panhellenic and their sorority. They are women who have furthered the ideals and principles of the Panhellenic system through their years of sorority affiliation. They must be junior or senior status with cumulative GPA of 2.5 and two full semesters in their chapter.

    Sigma Delta Pi/Eta Pi (SPANISH)

    Monmouth University Box: c/o Dept. of Foreign Language Studies

    Contact: Dr. Mirta Barrea-Maryls

    Phone: 732-571-3612

    Sigma Delta Pi is a national honor society recognizing academic excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and the culture of the Spanish-speaking people. The society is also to honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known to English-speaking peoples. To be eligible as a regular member, the following requirements must be met: must have studied at least three college years of Spanish or the equivalent (including at least three semester hours of a third-year course in literature) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher in Spanish; and must be in good academic standing.

    Sigma Tau Delta / Delta Sigma

    Monmouth University Box: English Department

    Contact: Dr. Heide Estes

    Phone: 732-571-7547

    Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. Its Monmouth University chapter, known officially as the Delta Sigma chapter, was founded in 1983. It seeks to confer distinction, to promote interest in literature and the English language, to foster the discipline of literary studies, to promote good citizenship, and to exhibit high standards of academic excellence. Through its activities on and off campus, it encourages comradery and professional development among its members, as well as service to the University and local communities. Although membership in Sigma Tau Delta is offered to English majors who have demonstrated superior achievement in both general academics and in literary studies, the society’s activities are open to all University students.

    Sigma Theta Tau (NURSING)

    Monmouth University Box: Nursing Department

    Contact: Tresa Dusaj/Dr. Rose Knapp

    Phone: 732-923-4670/732-923-4671

    Sigma Theta Tau is the national honor society for nursing. The purpose of the organization is to recognize superior achievement in scholarship and leadership, and to strengthen the ideals of the nursing profession. Qualifications are a GPA of 3.2 and a ranking in the upper 35 percent of the graduating class for undergraduates. Students must have completed one-half of their nursing courses to apply. Graduate students must have a GPA of 3.5 or better and completion of 12 credits.