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Honor Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta is the international sociology honor society. It aims to stimulate and promote scholarship, with a focus on the fellowship of students, both undergraduate and graduate. In spring 2004, Mary Baldwin College became the 21st chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta established in Virginia. Juniors who qualify for membership in the society will receive an invitation by mail during their fall semester.

Alpha Lambda Delta
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national society that honors academic excellence during a student’s first year in college. Requirements for membership are a cumulative average of 3.5 or higher during the freshman year and inclusion in the top 20 percent of the class. The society annually honors the graduating senior member with the highest grade point average (GPA) by presenting her with the Senior Book Award.

Alpha Phi Sigma
Alpha Phi Sigma
is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.  The Mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma shall be to honor and promote academic excellence; service; leadership and unity.  The MBC chapter, Nu Sigma, was chartered in December of 2012.  The requirements for induction into the society include completing a minimum of three full-time semesters or the equivalent and at least four of the courses be in the Criminal Justice field.  Also required is a cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, as well as, a 3.2 average in Criminal Justice courses.

Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society that strives to provide stimulating impetus to highly motivated adult students in continuing higher education during their academic careers. The society recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The Alpha Delta Pi chapter at Mary Baldwin College was chartered in 2001. Adult Degree Program graduates with a GPA of 3.5 or higher will be invited to join during the spring before graduation.

Beta Beta Beta
Beta Beta Beta is a national honor society for students in the biological sciences. Its activities are designed to stimulate interest, scholarly attainment, and investigation in the biological sciences. The Alpha Pi Chapter at MBC seeks to encourage scholarly achievement in biology by electing to active membership students who show special aptitude and interest in the life sciences. Biology majors, minors or students in the medical technology program are eligible for consideration provided they are in good academic standing and have completed three semester courses in biological science at MBC with an average grade of B. The organization sponsors two or three programs each year for the college community.

Carpenter Society
In the spring of a student’s junior or senior year — when they’ve completed all the requirements of Quest — they are inducted into The Carpenter Society. Friends, family, and faculty are invited to the induction ceremony. This honorary society was named for national philanthropist Leona B. Carpenter.

Iota Sigma Pi
Iota Sigma Pi is a national honor society for women in chemistry that seeks to promote interest in chemistry among women. The Argentum Chapter, installed in 1979, is a metropolitan chapter and includes members from other colleges, schools, and industries located in the Shenandoah Valley. Membership requirements are four semesters of chemistry with a 3.5 GPA in chemistry and overall or six semesters of chemistry with a 3.0 GPA in chemistry and overall.

Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education that is dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. The Alpha Gamma Delta Chapter at MBC encourages members to take active roles in promoting worthy educational ideas and practices. GPA requirements for membership are a 3.5 for undergraduates and a 3.8 for graduate students. Induction ceremonies are held in spring.

Lambda Pi Eta
The Mary Baldwin chapter of Lambda Pi Eta — the national honor society in communication studies — is affiliated with the National Communication Association (NCA). It recognizes outstanding student achievement in communication scholarship and promotes professional development among communication majors. The requirements for induction include a 3.0 cumulative GPA with 60 semester credit hours completed in accordance with a 3.25 GPA for communication courses with 12 semester credit hours completed.

Omicron Delta Epsilon
Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies recognizing and honoring outstanding student achievements in economics. Eligibility for induction into ODE signifies that a student of junior or senior standing has completed 14 semester hours in economics at Mary Baldwin College, has at least a 3.0 GPA in economics, and has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at MBC. Mary Baldwin is the first women’s college in the nation to have a chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon.

Omicron Delta Kappa
The national leadership honor society Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes and encourages leadership in the following five areas of college life: scholarship; social, service, or religious activities and campus government; athletics; journalism, speech, and the mass media; creative and performing arts. Juniors and seniors ranking in the top 35 percent of their class and excelling in at least two of the above five categories are encouraged to apply. One member of the faculty, staff, or administration and one alumna/us may be elected each year as well. The Laurel Circle, installed at MBC in 1976, was the first circle of ODK to be established at a women’s college.

Phi Alpha
Phi Alpha is the National Honor Society for Social Work students. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work. Phi Alpha’s slogan that embraces their purpose is “Through Knowledge-the Challenge to Serve.” Students who are invited into the Sigma Phi Chapter of Phi Alpha are declared Social Work majors who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and a GPA of 3.5 or higher within their Social Work courses.

 Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is a national honor society that recognizes those who excel in the field of history. To be elected to Phi Alpha Theta, students need an overall GPA of 3.1 in the field of history. Also, they must have completed at least four courses in history. The organization sponsors meetings, conferences, and guest speakers.

Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest and most respected society honoring liberal arts students of genuine academic and personal accomplishment. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is an earned academic honor, reflecting academic merit and a sustained commitment to excellence in learning in the liberal arts. To be elected, student’s work must demonstrate breadth and her character and outlook must be appropriate for a liberally educated person. She must demonstrate excellent scholarship, and at least three fourths of her course work must be in the liberal arts, including college mathematics, one year of the same foreign language, and a laboratory science.

Psi Chi
Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. Its purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain scholarship in the science of psychology. Membership is by invitation. Students become eligible during their junior and senior years, and must rank in the top 35 percent of their class, having completed at least eight semester hours in psychology and at least two courses from among Psychology 210, 211, 220, 310, 320, and 400. At least two of their psychology courses also must have been taken from MBC professors, and their average GPA in psychology must be 3.2 or above.

Sigma Beta Delta
The Mary Baldwin College chapter of Sigma Beta Delta was chartered in 2009 to encourage and recognize scholarship and achievement among students of business, management, administration, and marketing communication. The international honor society, established in 1994, encourages and promotes personal and professional improvement, and a life distinguished by honorable service to humankind. Invitation for membership in Sigma Beta Delta is the highest national recognition a business student can receive at a college or university with a chapter. To be eligible for membership, a business student must rank in the upper 20 percent of the junior or senior class, maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, and be invited to membership by the faculty officers. For more information, contact Janet Ewing, advisor.

Sigma Pi Sigma
Sigma Pi Sigma is the physics honor society.

Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an international honor society which recognizes excellence in the field of English. The Mary Baldwin chapter was founded in 1989. To be eligible, a student must rank in the top 35 percent of her class with a B average in English courses. Invitations are extended to both majors and minors. A student must be in the second semester of her sophomore year to become a member.