Honors Societies


Advisor: Dr. Linda Semu
(410) 857-2532
Lewis Recitation Hall 228

The purposes of AKD are to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of Sociology, research social problems and engage in social activities that will improve the human condition. Each candidate must be at least a junior in credit standing, have taken at least 4 Sociology courses at McDaniel, have maintained a 3.0 average GPA in those courses, as well as a 3.0 overall GPA, and rank in the top 35% of their class.


Advisor: Dr. Karen Violanti
(410) 857-2750
Elderdice Hall

Recognizes students who completed their freshman year with a GPA of 3.7 or higher. Its mission is to encourage superior academic achievement, promote intelligent living and continued high standards, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their roles in society.


Advisor: Elizabeth van den Berg
(410) 857-2591
Alumni Hall BSMT

Aims to encourage dramatic production at every step in a person’s academic career. The chapter’s major areas of effort are advocacy and membership development. Pledging criteria include noteworthy participation in the Theatre Arts department, cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a Theatre Arts department GPA of 2.8. They also must have been involved in at least 3 McDaniel productions, during which they performed in at least two of the following categories: performance, technical theatre and design, theatre management, or literary contributions.


Advisor: Dr. Linda Kirkpatrick
(410) 857-2550
Levine Hall G1

Beta Alpha Chi recognizes outstanding student achievement in music to help raise awareness of student talent and dedication to performance and scholarship. The qualifications for membership include outstanding performance in at least two of the three areas of music study: academic music classes, solo performance, and ensemble performance.


Advisor: Dr. Katie Stabb
(410) 857-2404
Eaton Hall 203

Its goals are to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the Biological Sciences, and to inform students of the possibilities for achievement in the Biological Sciences. Associate members must complete 4 credits in Biology with a 3.0 GPA in Biology courses and a 2.75 overall. Active members must complete 12 credits in Biology with a 3.25 in Biology courses and a 3.0 overall.


Advisor: Dr. Susan Scott
(410) 857-2598
Peterson Hall 105

ETE is a McDaniel College-only honor society that promotes excellence in the field of art history, and seeks to foster an environment suitable for further research, study, and critique of works of art. Minimum requirements for membership include completion of 12 semester hours of art history, rank in the top 35% of the class, average GPA in Art History courses of 3.5, and overall GPA of 3.0.


Advisor: Michael Robbins
(410) 857-2265
Decker College Center

Exists to recognize and advance academic excellence as a core value of fraternities and sororities. Eligibility criteria include junior or senior standing, 3.5 cumulative GPA.


Advisor: Dr. Rick Smith
(410) 857-2491
Eaton Hall 309
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is a national Chemistry honor society for the purpose of fostering a more comprehensive and cooperative study of Chemistry and its immediately allied studies. To be eligible, students must have completed a minimum of 16 credits in chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those courses, as well as a 3.0 GPA overall.


Advisor: Dr. Bryn Upton
(410) 857-2416
Hill Hall 310
Members are able to take courses that are not often available to the undergraduate population as a whole. Students are required to take 6 honors courses – two mandatory (Great Works of the Western World I and II) and four electives, and all must maintain a 3.5 overall GPA. To graduate from the Honors Program, students must pursue a departmental honors project and participate in the Senior Honors Colloquium.


Advisors: Dr. Susan Travetto
(410) 857-2511
Merritt Hall 261

Dr. Andria Hoffman
(410) 857-2576
Gill Athletic Complex 107

As an international honor society in Education, its mission is to sustain an honored community of diverse educators by promoting excellence, advancing scholarship, leadership and service. To be eligible for membership you must have completed at least 30 credit hours of collegiate course work, have at least 12 credit hours in Education course work, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.


Advisor: Dr. Spencer Hamblen
(410) 857-2471
Lewis Hall of Science 114D

Purposes include helping students to realize the important role mathematics has played in the development of civilization and familiarizing its members with the current progress in this area of human interest. New members must have completed at least three semesters of college, completed at least three courses in mathematics (including at least one semester of calculus, attained an average of B or better in these courses, and rank in the upper 35% of the graduating class.


Advisor: Dr. Robert Trader
(410) 386-4668
Merritt Hall 223A

Goals include stimulation of interest in field of Communication, encouragement of professional development among Communication majors, and discussion and exchange of ideas. Requirements include 60 credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 3.0, upper 35% of academic class, 3.25 GPA in Communication courses, and completion of 12 credit hours in Communication.


Advisor: Dr. Richard Claycombe
(410) 857-2453
Lewis Hall of Science 224A

Omicron Delta Epsilon internationally recognizes scholastic achievement in Economics. It also works to establish closer ties between students and faculty in Economics within and among colleges and universities. To be accepted, a student must have taken 9 semester hours of economics courses, attain at least a B average in these courses, and maintain a 3.0 GPA overall.


Advisor: Dr. Ethan Seidel
(410) 857-2456
Lewis Recitation Hall 118 
A national leadership honor society which recognizes achievement in these areas: scholarship, athletics, community service, social/religious activities, campus government, mass media, and the creative and performing arts. Awarded to junior and senior students who show leadership in one of these areas and rank in the upper 35% of their school.


Advisor: Michael Robbins
(410) 857-2265
Decker College Center

A society with the purpose of recognizing fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in inter-fraternity activities and to create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines. To be eligible, a student who is a member of a greek organization must have a GPA higher than the all-greek GPA for that specific semester and must be selected by the current Order of Omega members.


Advisor: Michelle Young
(410) 386-4647
Hill Hall 301

The purpose of this society is to provide a closer bond among students of Social Work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Eligibility requirements include declared Social Work as a major, achieved sophomore status, completed 12 semester hours and achieved a 3.25 GPA* in required Social Work courses and place in the top one-third of their whole class.

*Note: Effective Spring 2020, eligibility requirements for membership in Phi Alpha (Social Work) will be as follows:  Students will need to have completed 12 credit hours in required Social Work courses and must have completed 37.5 percent of the required coursework toward the degree. Phi Alpha is no longer using a pre-determined GPA for membership qualification; students whose overall GPA is in the top 35 percent of all Social Work majors in the program are now invited into membership. 


Advisor: Dr. Kathryn Dobson
(410) 857-2428
Hill Hall 207

An international pre-law fraternity and student-run organization. Past programs have included a moot court presented by American Constitutional Law Class, visits to area law schools and law fairs, and appearances by members of the practicing Bar and a sitting judge.


Advisor: Dr. Stephen Feeley
(410) 871-3357
Hill Hall 308

A professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of ideas. Students are nominated and selected by faculty of the History department. To be eligible, students must be a History major or minor, complete a minimum of four courses in History, achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, achieve a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history courses taken at McDaniel, and must be in the top 35% of their class.


Advisor: Dr. Mary Bendel-Simso
(410) 857-2426
Hill Hall 213

As an honor society for the liberal arts, its goal is to support, foster and recognize the excellence of liberal arts scholarship. Requirements for membership include a major in the arts and sciences, no fewer than 96 credit hours of liberal studies. Weight is given to the number, balance, and variety of courses taken outside the major. Students must demonstrate a college-level knowledge of Mathematics and a Foreign Language (at the 2000 level). See its description in the catalogue for more details on mission and requirements. For additional information, please visit the nation society website at pbk.org


Advisor: Dr. Martine Motard-Noar
(410) 857-2467
BMC 107

An international society that recognizes accomplishment in the study or teaching of any academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. Juniors and Seniors pursing a major or minor in Classics, French, German, Spanish or Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies are eligible. Eligibility criteria include completion of at least one course in a foreign language at the third-year level, 45 semester hours, ranked in the top 35% of the class, and a minimum GPA of 3.0.


Advisor: Dr. Vera Jakoby
(410) 857-2478
BMC 112

Award distinction to students having high scholarship in Philosophy and promotes student interest in research in this field. Undergraduate students are eligible for active membership after completing three semesters of college, rank in the upper 30% of their class, and have completed at least four semester courses in philosophy, with an overall GPA above 3.2.


Advisor: Dr. Christianna N. Leahy
(410) 857-2414
Hill Hall 317

Political Science majors in the areas of government, political science, public administration, and international relations are eligible to be candidates for admission to Pi Sigma Alpha once they have completed at least one-half the credits required by McDaniel College for the baccalaureate degree; they must have completed at least ten semester-credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B+ (3.2 GPA) or higher in those courses; they must have achieved an overall GPA placing them in the top one-third of their whole class (e.g., junior or senior class).


Advisor: Dr. Christianna N. Leahy
(410) 857-2414
Hill Hall 317

The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service. A junior, senior or graduate student in the upper 35 percent of the class must have at least 20 semester hours in social sciences and an average grade therein of "B" or better.


Advisor: Dr. Wendy Morris
(410) 857-2521
Merritt Hall G19

Promotes excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of Psychology. Students are eligible if they are in the top third of their graduating class, maintain a GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.2, and have completed three Psychology course beyond Introduction to Psychology at McDaniel College, one of which must be "Psychological Methods and Statistics I".


Advisor: Dr. Vasilis Pagonis
(410) 857-2481
Lewis Hall of Science 319

Sigma Pi Sigma recognizes outstanding scholarship in Physics and serves to promote the four dimensions of Honor, Encouragement, Service, and Fellowship. Undergraduate candidates must have a weighted average GPA of 3.5 in the Physics major and overall. In addition, students must write an honors thesis in Physics.


Eligibility Requirements include minimum GPA of 3.0 and at least one semester of significant experience with some arm of campus media.


Advisor: Dr. Greg Alles
(410) 857-2562
BMC 106

National honor society for Religious Studies and Theology. Eligibility requirements include 3.5 GPA in Religious Studies and/or Theology and a 3.0 GPA overall.


Advisor: Dr. Sara Raley
(410) 857-2531
Lewis Recitation Hall 228

The Trumpeters is a leadership honor society that recognizes exemplary qualities of leadership, integrity, and sincerity. Those selected are called to serve as positive examples of the campus by devoting themselves to academics, extracurricular activities, and service. Students may apply for membership in the spring semester of their junior year.

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