Honor Societies

Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society that recognizes academic excellence during a student’s first year in college. The purpose of Alpha Lambda Delta is to promote a continued high standard of learning and to encourage superior academic achievement. A chapter was established at Sweet Briar in 1991. To be eligible, a student must have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher in her first academic year.

Alpha Psi Omega

In 2001, the Alpha Delta Beta chapter of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Honorary Dramatic Fraternity, was established at Sweet Briar College to honor outstanding students in theatre arts.

Eta Sigma Phi

Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary society in classics, founded in 1914. The chapter at Sweet Briar College was established in 1995. The Greek letters Eta Sigma Phi stand for “The Society of Those Who Love the Classical Tradition.” The organization exists to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of Greek and Latin languages, and to foster a spirit of friendship among students of the classics.

Iota Sigma Pi

Iota Sigma Pi, the National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, was founded in 1902 at the University of California, Berkeley. Iota Sigma Pi’s mission is to promote professional development and personal growth of women in chemistry. The Lanthanum Chapter, the 48th chapter of Iota Sigma Pi, was founded in May 1998. Members currently come from three Lynchburg area colleges: Sweet Briar College, Randolph College and Lynchburg College.

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The Sweet Briar chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the National Honor Society in Economics, was established in 2005. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics and the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within and among colleges and universities.

Omicron Delta Kappa

The Sweet Briar Chapter of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national Honors Society for Leadership, was established in 2004. The objectives of Omicron Delta Kappa are recognition of attainment of high standards of leadership in collegiate activities and encouragement to aspire to even higher achievements. This organization provides a means to recognize and encourage excellence in leadership where it is combined with excellence in academics.

Phi Alpha Delta

The Omega Mu Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity was established at Sweet Briar College in 1995. It is the first undergraduate chapter established at a women’s college. Its purpose is to promulgate the study of law and politics in American society. Chapter members have served as volunteers in the Amherst Youth Service Project and in the Amherst County School district.

Phi Beta Kappa Society

The Theta of Virginia chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society was founded at Sweet Briar College in 1950. With fewer than 300┬áchapters nationwide, membership is highly selective. Candidates must be completing at least two years of residence at the College. Grade point average is an important, but not the sole, criterion for election. Weight is given to recommendations from faculty and to the breadth of each candidate’s program as shown by the number and the variety of courses taken outside her major. Also important are the balance and proportion in a candidate’s degree program as a whole. Finally, candidates must demonstrate a knowledge of mathematics and of a foreign language at least minimally appropriate for liberal arts education.

Pi Delta Phi

In April 2004, the Nu Mu chapter of Pi Delta Phi, the National Collegiate French Honor Society, was installed at Sweet Briar College. Students are selected for membership in Pi Delta Phi based on their academic record in their study of French. The society seeks to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world to stimulate and encourage French cultural activities.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to Sweet Briar students who have registered for major or minor standing in psychology, have completed eight semester credit hours in psychology, are ranked in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship, and have earned an average grade of “B” in psychology courses.

Sigma Delta Pi

A chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the national Spanish honor society, was established at Sweet Briar in 1990. The purpose of the society is to encourage excellence in the study of Spanish and to encourage an increased awareness of, and involvement in, the study of the Spanish language and the cultures and literatures of Hispanic peoples. The society offers a number of competitive scholarships and awards and encourages students to contribute to its newsletter. New student members are selected annually based on their overall academic record and a demonstrated interest in the study of Spanish.

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, was established in 1924. Its purposes are (a) to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature studies in undergraduate, graduate and professional work; (b) to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities; and (c) to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

The Alpha Omicron Iota chapter was installed at Sweet Briar in the spring of 2007. Chapter members are eligible to apply for Sigma Tau Delta scholarships, participate in international conventions and submit original written work for publication in the society journals The Rectangle and The STD Review. The society also provides other exceptional educational and professional opportunities for its members through its internships and career networks.