Criteria for Honor Societies

The criteria shown below for each honor society will assist you in determining your eligibility. They should not be construed as a complete list of qualifications for a particular society.

ALPHA CHI

Alpha Chi membership recognizes demonstrable scholarship and character.

Who should apply: Seniors  graduating in the semester of application

Moderator/Contact Person: Dr. Carol Warner, Alpha Chi, ACE building; 561-921-7779; cwarner@barry.edu

  1. Election to Alpha Chi requires a minimum 3.7 cumulative GPA in credits earned at Barry and ranking in the highest 10% of the graduating class.
  2. Applicants must have a minimum of 45 Barry University credits completed at the time of application, 39 of these must be classroom credits.

DELTA EPSILON SIGMA

Election to Delta Epsilon Sigma recognizes dedication to intellectual activity and accepted responsibility of service to others.

Who should apply: Juniors or Seniors

Moderator/Contact Person: Dr. Maria Margarita Nodarse, English and Foreign Languages, Lehman Hall 338, 305-899-3417; mnodarse@barry.edu

  1. Election to Delta Epsilon Sigma requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in credits earned at Barry University and ranking in the highest 20% of the junior or senior class.
  2. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 60 credits required for the degree at the time of application.
  3. Applicants must have adequate credentials demonstrating dedication and service to support the application.

KAPPA GAMMA PI

Kappa Gamma Pi seeks members who strive for a high standard of personal Christian excellence and scholarship.

Who should apply: Seniors graduating in the semester of application

Moderator/Contact Person: Fr. Jose David Padilla, Theology, O’ Laughlin 209; (305) 899-4053; JPadilla@barry.edu

  1. Election to Kappa Gamma Pi requires a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA in all undergraduate course work. Applicants must provide transcripts for all course work taken outside Barry University.
  2. Only graduating seniors, with a minimum of 60 Barry University credits completed at the time of application, are eligible for election to Kappa Gamma Pi. The applicant must graduate or expect to graduate in the semester of application.  
  3. Election to Kappa Gamma Pi recognizes leadership in church or community projects, and/or university campus activity. Applicants must have adequate support materials demonstrating this leadership.
  4. In addition to demonstrating academic excellence and leadership during their college years, applicants must pledge to continue to provide examples of scholarship and leadership in their personal and professional lives. This commitment is the difference that distinguishes nomination to Kappa Gamma Pi as the most relevant and prestigious honor society on campus.  

PHI ETA SIGMA

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society whose goal is to encourage and reward academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning.

Who should apply: First-year students who have finished their first semester at Barry University

Moderator/Contact Person: Dr. George Cvejanovich, History & Political Science, O’ Laughlin 245; (305) 899-3475; gcvejanovich@barry.edu

To be eligible, first-year students would have:

  1. completed a minimum of 12 credits and a maximum of 30 credits;
  2. achieved a term GPA of 3.5

The term GPA is based on having completed college level courses in which a grade is earned. Remedial courses and “pass/fail” courses may not be counted toward the 12- credit minimum.

At the beginning of the Spring semester, the faculty moderator generates a list to identify eligible students. Once identified, students will be contacted and informed of the application process. The deadline to apply is usually mid-March.

Important Note:

Election to an honor society at Barry University is a privilege, not a right. It is the responsibility of a student applying for membership to an honor society to mention, document, and explain his/her qualifications for membership. Deadlines are strictly enforced.