The oldest undergraduate honors organization in the United States, the Phi Beta Kappa Society has fostered and recognized excellence in the liberal arts and sciences since 1776. Membership in Phi Beta Kappa shows commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and to freedom of inquiry and expression. Only about ten percent of the nation’s institutions of higher learning have Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Each year, about one college senior in 100, nationwide, is invited to join Phi Beta Kappa.
Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of North America, elects to membership graduate students, members of the faculty, and research associates who have shown noteworthy achievement as original investigators in science. Students who have shown marked aptitude for research in science are elected to associate membership.
The National Honor Society in International Relations, Sigma Iota Rho promotes and rewards scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international affairs, and global studies. The society seeks to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct and world affairs.
The National Honor Society in Physics exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Students are elected to membership on the basis of high general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics.
Founded in 1927, the National German Honor Society seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man's eternal search for peace and truth.