Honor Societies. There are 21 departmental and university-wide honor societies.
Alpha Epsilon Rho is a national broadcasting honor society. To be eligible, a student must have at least sophomore standing, have maintained a 3.0 GPA in broadcast studies and be active in WQSU radio activities. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in 1985.
Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes first-year students with outstanding academic records. Active membership continues through the sophomore year. The Susquehanna chapter affiliated with the national Alpha Lambda Delta chapter in 1977. Members who maintain the initiating average through the senior year are eligible to apply for graduate fellowships offered by the national society.
Alpha Psi Omega is a national fraternity organized as an honor society for those meeting high performance standards in drama. The Susquehanna chapter, Theta Phi, was chartered in 1941.
Beta Beta Beta is a national biology honor society seeking to stimulate scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge and promotion of biological research. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in 1980.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for collegiate schools of business. Membership in this group is the highest national recognition a student can receive in an undergraduate or master’s program in business or management accredited by the AACSB International—the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. To be eligible for membership, a student must rank in the upper 7 percent of the junior class or the upper 10 percent of the senior class and be committed to the principles and values of the society: honor and integrity, pursuit of wisdom, earnestness and lifelong learning.
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. Selection is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that ensures steady growth in the profession. To be eligible, students must have a GPA of 3.4 or higher. The chapter was chartered in 1997.
Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society organized in 1931. To be eligible for membership, students must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class and have completed four mathematics courses at or above the Calculus I level with an overall average of B. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in 1969.
Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). It recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulates interest in the field of communication; and provides an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field. Membership requires that students have completed at least 60 semester hours at SU with a GPA of at least 3.0, have completed 12 hours in the area of communication study with a GPA of at least a 3.25 and be in the upper 35 percent of their graduating class. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in 2003.
Omicron Delta Epsilon is a national honor society in economics. It is available to juniors and seniors in any major who have taken at least 12 semester hours in economics, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher in economics and rank in the top one-third of their classes.
Omicron Delta Kappa is the national leadership honor society for juniors and seniors that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character. To be eligible, students must be among the top 50 of their class and exhibit leadership in two of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, religious activities or campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; or creative and performing arts. The Susquehanna chapter, chartered in 1992, is named the Weber Circle in honor of Gustave Weber, university president from 1959 to 1977.
The National Order of Omega is a national Greek honor society founded to recognize those fraternity men and women who have attained a high standard of leadership in interfraternity activities; to encourage them to continue along this line and to inspire others to strive for similar conspicuous attainment; to bring together members of the faculty, alumni and student members of the institution’s fraternities and sororities on a basis of mutual interest, understanding and helpfulness; and to help create an atmosphere where ideas and issues can be discussed openly across Greek lines and to help work out solutions. To be eligible for membership, students must be a junior or senior member of a social Greek organization, have a cumulative GPA equal to or higher than the all-Greek GPA, and be an active participant both within their own chapter and in Greek life and campus life. The Epsilon Gamma chapter was chartered at Susquehanna in 1983.
Phi Alpha Theta is an international history honor society organized in 1917. It promotes the study of history, research and the exchange of learning and thought among historians. The Susquehanna chapter, Lambda Kappa, was established in 1966 and includes students and faculty. The chapter grants membership on the basis of excellence in the study of history and includes nonmajors.
Phi Sigma Iota is an international foreign language society that recognizes academic achievement in foreign language, literature and culture. Susquehanna’s Kappa Omicron Chapter was founded in 1987. The largest society of its kind in the world, Phi Sigma Iota promotes international communication and understanding. To be eligible for membership, a student must be a junior or senior with a GPA of at least 3.0 in all college work and all foreign language courses. The student must be in at least third-year-level courses and rank in the top 35 percent of the class.
Pi Delta Phi is a national French honor society organized to foster scholarship in the study of the French language, arts and culture. To become eligible for membership, students must have completed one advanced French course, maintain a B average in French and rank in the upper 35 percent of their class. Susquehanna’s chapter, Zeta Alpha, was chartered in 1969.
Pi Gamma Mu is a national honor society established to encourage and reward interest in the social sciences. The Pennsylvania Gamma Chapter was established in 1927. Its members include faculty, alumni and students. Selection is based on evidence of special interest in the social sciences and a completion of a stipulated number of courses with at least a B average.
Pi Sigma Alpha is a national political science honorary organization. The Susquehanna chapter, Theta Xi, was chartered in 1977 to promote scholarship and interest in the study of politics. Membership is open to junior and senior majors and nonmajors alike, who have completed a specified number of credit hours with no grade below B average and are in the top one-third of their class.
Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society, was chartered at Susquehanna in 1968 to advance the science of psychology and encourage scholarship in all academic fields, particularly psychology. To become a member, students should have completed three courses in psychology with at least a B average, rank in the top 35 percent of their class and be accepted by vote.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon is a national earth sciences honor society. Membership is based on the scholastic and scientific advancement of its members; the extension of the relations of friendship and assistance between the university and scientific schools of the United States and Canada; and the advancement of the earth sciences. High scholarship and active interest in the pursuit of work in the earth sciences are fundamental requirements for membership. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in May 2003.
Sigma Pi Sigma is the national physics honor society. The society’s motto, translated from the Greek, is “investigation, the forerunner of knowledge.” To be elected, students must have finished five courses in physics, have a 3.0 GPA in physics and a 3.0 overall GPA and rank in the top one-third of their class. The Susquehanna chapter was chartered in 1988.
Sigma Tau Delta is a national English honor society organized to promote respect for the study of the English language and literature. The Susquehanna chapter, Theta Chi, was chartered in 1987.
Theta Kappa Alpha is a national religion honor society. To be eligible for membership, students must be religion majors who have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion courses with at least a 3.5 GPA in those courses. Eligible candidates must also rank in the top 35 percent of their class and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Athletics. Susquehanna recognizes the important role that sports play in college life. The athletic program, under advisement by a faculty/advisory committee, is an integral part of the educational objectives of the university. More than half the student body participates in intercollegiate, intramural or club sports.
Susquehanna is an NCAA Division III member and offers the following varsity sports: baseball, basketball (M/W), cross country (M/W), field hockey, football, golf (M/W), indoor track (M/W), lacrosse (M/W), outdoor track (M/W), soccer (M/W), softball, swimming (M/W), tennis (M/W) and volleyball (W).
Susquehanna currently offers the following intramural sports activities: flag football, tennis, racquetball, dodgeball, volleyball, three-on-three basketball, five-on-five basketball, outdoor soccer, indoor soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and floor hockey. The university also offers yoga and cardio kickboxing fitness activities.
Fraternities and Sororities. Approximately 20 percent of Susquehanna’s students are members of Greek organizations. There are four national fraternities for men: Theta Chi (Beta Omega chapter), Tau Kappa Epsilon (Iota Beta chapter), Phi Mu Delta (Mu Alpha chapter) and Phi Beta Sigma (Gamma Beta Alpha chapter). There are five national sororities for women: Alpha Delta Pi (Gamma Omicron chapter), Kappa Delta (Beta Upsilon chapter), Sigma Gamma Rho (Rho Theta chapter), Sigma Kappa (Epsilon Delta chapter) and Zeta Tau Alpha (Iota Nu chapter).
First-year students may not join a Greek organization until their second semester on campus. They are eligible only with a cumulative and previous semester GPA of at least 2.24.
Service Programs. Many students are active in service programs with agencies in the local community. Programs are sponsored by the Department of Residence Life and Civic Engagement, the Office of the Chaplain, and fraternities and sororities. Groups of students may also propose volunteer projects and be recognized by the Department of Residence Life and Civic Engagement. Initiatives include environmental and sustainability projects, tutoring middle school students, and working with the elderly and people with disabilities. Students may also choose to apply to participate in the GROWTH (Growing Relationships and Opportunities with Theme Housing) program. The program encourages living and learning communities that allow those involved in special interest or service organizations to live together in group housing. There is also a campus chapter of Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service fraternity founded in 1925 and open to all college students. The Susquehanna chapter was organized in 2000. Susquehanna is also home to a nationally renowned Hurricane Relief Team program, in which a team of faculty, staff and students are deployed to the Gulf Coast each year as part of the Global Opportunities (GO) Program.
Religious Life. Susquehanna is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and welcomes students of all religious backgrounds, as well as those with no religious affiliation. Like the ELCA, the university is open and ecumenical and seeks to promote interfaith conversation and develop an understanding of our ethical and spiritual responsibilities. The Religious Life Council coordinates the activities of 13 different religious groups including Catholic Campus Ministry, Hillel, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Lutheran Student Movement. The university chaplain, the director of Jewish life and three student deacons conduct a wide variety of programs of worship, learning, service, social justice and spiritual growth, and the chaplain and rabbi are available for consultation and counseling. A number of students and faculty also participate in various churches, temples and other religious institutions in the area.