What is the difference between the Honors Program and Honor Societies?

Many students can easily get confused when it comes to the difference between joining the honors program and joining an honor society. Being part of both is truly ideal, but not required, for students seeking a more challenging academic experience during their time at Barry University.

Honors Program

The Honors Program is an academic based program where students take 21 credit hours of honors courses, in addition to courses for their degree program. Depending on their degree program, students can use 6-12 credit hours from the honors program to fulfill liberal arts requirements set forth by Barry University. Graduated high school students or transfer students who meet the GPA and/or SAT/ACT score requirements are invited to participate in the program.  Those students who were not initially invited are able to apply after completing two semesters at Barry as long as they have produced the required cumulative GPA of 3.5 or more.

Honor Societies

Joining an Honor Society is completely separate from the Honors Program. Honor Societies recognize all students who have shown academic excellence during their time at Barry. There are four honor societies to consider – Alpha Chi for seniors, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Kappa Gamma Pi for both juniors and seniors, and Phi Eta Sigma for first-year students.  Barry students must submit all application materials for induction consideration. Deadlines and qualifications vary among these four honor societies.


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Honors courses add both breadth and depth to the educational experiences, as well as a concentrated version of Barry University’s liberal arts identity.

Earn recognition for the academic excellence you have achieved during your time at Barry.

Classes are smaller than the average class size at Barry – usually no more than 10 students per class.

Become an honoree at the Honors Convocation – a once a year event that recognizes those students inducted into the honor societies.

Gain knowledge of other academic worlds by learning from your peers of different majors and degree programs.

Earn affiliation for life, allowing you to network once in the job market.

Exposes you to social values and different ideologies.

Helps to strengthen your resume when applying for jobs.

Prepares you for critical thinking in the workforce, and/or admissions into graduate programs.