Catalogue 2016 - 2017

Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta. Alpha Kappa Delta is the national honor society in sociology and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. The Theta Chapter of Massachusetts was chartered at Western New England University in 1975. Students are nominated for membership through their faculty advisor on the basis of academic excellence and serious commitment to, and interest in, the study of society for the purpose of service to mankind. To be nominated, a student must have a 2.7 cumulative average and a 3.0 average in at least 12 credit hours of sociology and social science course.

Alpha Lambda Delta. Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes academic excellence during a student’s first year in college. The purpose of this honor society is to encourage superior academic achievement among freshmen and to promote leadership early in the students’ collegiate experience. Membership is open to all freshmen who earn a cumulative average of at least 3.5 either in their first semester of enrollment or in their first year of enrollment prior to initiation. No incompletes or failures can be on the record. To be eligible, students must be enrolled full-time in a degree program.

Alpha Mu Alpha. Alpha Mu Alpha is the national marketing honorary society for qualified undergraduate, graduate and doctoral marketing students, and marketing faculty. Under the auspices of the AMA, a selected advisory committee of marketing educators designed the recognition program to acknowledge outstanding scholastic achievement on a highly competitive basis. Honor recipients must be senior undergraduate students with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, members of the Western New England University Marketing Association, and members of our Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association.

Alpha Phi Sigma. Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence; Students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA and 3.2 GPA in criminal justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35% of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor. 

Beta Alpha Psi. Beta Alpha Psi is an honorary organization for Financial Information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems; providing opportunities for self-development, service, and association among members and practicing professionals; and encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. Our Mu Epsilon Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi was installed in January 2009.

Beta Gamma Sigma. Beta Gamma Sigma is a national honor society for business majors at schools accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Students are selected from the top 7% of juniors, top 10% of seniors and top 20% of graduate students. Candidates must have completed at least one half of the work required for their degree, and have completed two terms’ work at Western New England University.

Lambda Pi Eta. Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has nearly 400 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field; establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for further graduate studies.

Mortar Board. The Mortar Board is the senior honor society at Western New England University. The society is open to those students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership both on campus and in the community. Students in the top 35% of the Junior Class will be considered eligible for the Society with the membership being selected by the existing members of the previous year. The Mortar Board Society hopes to recognize student achievement, while also serving as a focal point of planning and collaboration for senior leaders.

Omicron Delta Kappa. Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded in 1914 at Washington & Lee University in Lexington, VA. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized; that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors; and that outstanding students, faculty, and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. ODKAE was the first college honor society of a national scope to extend recognition beyond the formal classroom and give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Chapters, which are called Circles, are located on over 300 campuses throughout the nation. The Circle of ODKAE at Western New England University recognizes achievement in the following five areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Athletics
  • Campus/Community Service, Social/ Religious Activities, and Campus Government
  • Journalism, Speech, and the Mass Media
  • Creative and Performing Arts

Nominations are taken each fall and spring from all segments of the campus community.

Phi Alpha Theta. Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society in history. Its mission is to promote the study of history through the exchange of ideas and the encouragement of research, teaching, and publication. To be considered for membership, a student must have completed at least 12 hours in history (four courses), have a GPA of at least 3.1 in history, have a GPA of at least 3.0 overall, and be in the top 35 percent of the entire class. Membership is not limited to history majors.

Pi Sigma Alpha. Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. Students majoring in political science, public administration, and international relations who attain high standards of scholarship and academic distinction in political science and in their overall academic programs are invited to membership. Membership is conferred on the basis of academic merit alone.

Psi Chi. Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, an affiliate of the American Psychological Association, and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. Organized in five regional divisions with more than 300 active chapters, Psi Chi recognizes the academic achievement of students who meet or exceed exacting eligibility standards. The purpose of Psi Chi is to advance the science of psychology, and to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship. To be nominated a student must be a declared major or be enrolled in the minor program in psychology, have completed three semesters of college study, and maintained a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in at least nine credit hours of psychology courses.

Sigma Tau Delta. Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta strives to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities; foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing; promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members; exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and serve society by fostering literacy.

Sigma Beta Tau. Sigma Beta Tau, also known as the Society of the Blue Triangle, is The College of Engineering alumni honor society. Western New England University graduating engineering seniors whose academic work has consistently been of honor quality and have a GPA of 3.3 or greater is eligible for membership. Members of Tau Beta Pi may be invited to join Sigma Beta Tau.

Tau Beta Pi. Tau Beta Pi is the national honor society for engineering. Outstanding juniors and seniors inducted into Tau Beta Pi receive national recognition for their academic and professional achievements. Student members of Tau Beta Pi are also invited to join the local engineering honorary, Sigma Beta Tau, which has an active alumni group.