Honor Societies


Academic honor societies provide opportunities for members to participate in activities related to their majors. Academic honoraries are administered through a department advisor who works with student officers. Honor societies approved by the Student Government Association are eligible to apply annually for SGA operating funds. Below is a list of current academic honor societies at Elon University.

  • Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious of all academic honor societies, celebrates and advocates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences. To be eligible for invitation, a student must demonstrate extraordinary achievement and at least 99 academic credits in the liberal arts and sciences, including credit for or placement beyond the intermediate level of a foreign language.
  • Phi Kappa Phi: Membership in this national interdisciplinary honor society is one of the highest honors an Elon student can attain for academic excellence. Seniors (fourth-year students) in the top 10 percent of their class and juniors (third-year students) in the top 5 percent of their class are eligible for membership, must be in good standing, and must be distinguished through academic accomplishment.
  • Alpha Delta Omega recognizes scholastic achievement by majors in human services.
  • Alpha Kappa Delta recognizes scholastic achievement in sociology.
  • Alpha Psi Omega recognizes scholastic achievement in the theatre arts programs.
  • Beta Alpha Psi recognizes scholastic achievement in accounting.
  • Beta Beta Beta recognizes scholastic achievement in the biology program.
  • Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes scholastic achievement in accounting and business administration.
  • Gamma Sigma Alpha recognizes scholastic achievement for members of Greek-letter organizations.
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon recognizes scholastic achievement in geography.
  • Kappa Delta Pi recognizes scholastic achievement by majors in education.
  • Lambda Pi Eta recognizes scholastic achievement in the field of communications.
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon recognizes scholastic achievement in the field of economics.
  • Omicron Delta Kappa recognizes students, faculty, alumni and outstanding citizens for exemplary character, service and leadership in campus life, and good citizenship within the academic and larger community.
  • Order of Omega recognizes students, faculty, staff and alumni for outstanding leadership, promotion of interfraternalism and service to the university and surrounding community.
  • Phi Alpha Theta recognizes scholastic achievement in the history program.
  • Phi Beta Delta recognizes scholastic achievement of international students and scholars, U.S. students who have studied abroad, and faculty and staff who are involved in international activities and scholarship.
  • Phi Eta Sigma recognizes high scholastic achievement among members of the first-year class.
  • Pi Delta Phi recognizes achievement by majors and minors in French.
  • Pi Gamma Mu: The North Carolina Alpha chapter of Pi Gamma Mu, national social science honor society, was chartered in 1929. Students and faculty members who attain distinction in the social sciences at Elon are eligible for nomination into membership.
  • Pi Mu Epsilon recognizes scholastic achievement in mathematics.
  • Pi Sigma Alpha recognizes scholastic achievement in the political science program.
  • Psi Chi recognizes achievement by majors in psychology.
  • Sigma Delta Pi recognizes achievement by majors in Spanish.
  • Sigma Iota Rho recognizes scholastic achievement in the international studies program.
  • Sigma Tau Delta recognizes scholastic achievement in English.
  • Theta Alpha Kappa recognizes students and faculty for scholastic achievement in the field of religious studies.