The faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences recognizes high academic achievement with the following honors designations:
Summa cum laude. Students graduating with degrees designated summa cum laude shall have maintained grade point averages of 3.9 or higher for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
Magna cum laude. Students graduating with degrees designated magna cum laude shall have maintained grade point averages of 3.7 or higher, but less than 3.9, for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
Cum laude. Students graduating with degrees designated cum laude shall have maintained grade point averages of 3.5 or higher, but less than 3.7, for all college-level work and for all work attempted at The University of Alabama.
In computing the grade point average, the minimum required averages of 3.9, 3.7, and 3.5 cannot be achieved by rounding. Averages are calculated for performance in all courses in which the student is enrolled prior to receiving the degree.
Visible recognition is accorded honors graduates during commencement ceremonies. Students graduating summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude wear honors stoles in the traditional colors of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Alpha Epsilon Delta, an international premedical honorary, was founded at The University of Alabama in 1926. The society recognizes and encourages excellence in premedical scholarship; stimulates an appreciation of the importance of premedical education; promotes contacts and cooperation between medical and premedical students and educators; and uses its knowledge for the benefit of health organizations, charities, and the community. Advisor: Chris Hutt, 200 Clark Hall, (205) 348-5902.
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice honor society that recognizes and promotes the scholastic achievement of undergraduate and graduate criminal justice majors. The requirement for membership is an overall GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate majors and 3.4 for graduate students in criminal justice. Advisor: Dr. Robert Sigler, 437 Farrah Hall, (205) 348-7795.
Alpha Psi Omega, a national theatre arts honorary, recognizes and encourages excellence in the theatre arts; promotes contacts and cooperation between theatre students, faculty from other campuses, and working professionals; and develops stronger ties between the University and the community. Requirements include an above-average scholastic record and significant artistic contributions. Advisor: Dr. Edmond Williams, 115 Rowand-Johnson Hall, (205) 348-5283.
Beta Beta Beta Biological Society is a society of students, particularly undergraduates. It has a threefold program: stimulation of scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. Advisor: Dr. Katrina Ramonell, 302 Biology Building, (205) 348-9512.
Delta Phi Alpha, the national German honor society, recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence and exceptional interest in German language and culture. Minimum requirements for admission include completion of GN 112 or GN 201 (or equivalent) with a grade point average of 3.0 overall and 3.5 for German courses. Advisor: Dr. Rasma Lazda, 211 B. B. Comer Hall, (205) 348-5054.
Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society, recognizes academic excellence in the study of Slavic languages, literatures, and cultures, and provides incentive for scholarly interest in Slavic life and culture. Requirements for admission include two years of Slavic studies with a 3.5 grade point average, an overall average of 3.0, and an active and continuing interest in the Slavic field. The Alpha Tau Chapter of Dobro Slovo at The University of Alabama (the first chapter in the state) was founded on December 5, 1976. Advisor: Mr. Andrew M. Drozd, 210 B. B. Comer Hall, (205) 348-5720.
Gamma Sigma Epsilon is the only national chemistry honorary for chemistry majors and chemical engineers. The major objectives of the fraternity are to increase interest and scholarship in chemistry and to promote friendship and the general welfare of chemists. Qualifications include a declared major in either chemistry or chemical engineering, 12 semester hours in chemistry, a 3.5 or higher GPA in chemistry, and a 3.0 or higher overall GPA. Advisor: Dr. Martin Bakker, 335 Lloyd Hall, (205) 348-9116.
Phi Alpha Theta is the national history honor society, whose purposes are to recognize and encourage excellence in the study of history. Advisor: Dr. James D. Mixon, 214 ten Hoor Hall, (205) 348-1860.
Election to Phi Beta Kappa is the highest scholastic honor granted to seniors. The oldest and most prestigious Greek-letter society in the country, Phi Beta Kappa recognizes outstanding scholastic achievement by students whose programs have consisted largely of arts and sciences courses contributing to a meaningful interpretation and understanding of our physical, social, aesthetic, and intellectual world.
Phi Kappa Phi recognizes and encourages superior scholarship in all academic disciplines. Admission is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter in accordance with the bylaws of both the chapter and the national society.
Pi Delta Phi is a national French honorary designed to recognize students who have shown a superior knowledge of French language, literature, and culture. Membership criteria are an overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher; a grade point average of 3.5 or higher in French courses (beyond the intermediate level); and a minimum of one course in French literature or civilization. Advisor: Dr. Bruce Edmunds, 228 B. B. Comer Hall, (205) 348-5059.
Pi Kappa Lambda is dedicated to recognizing and honoring the scholastic and professional achievement of junior, senior, and graduate music majors. Election is based on academic achievement and excellence in performance. Advisor: Dr. Gerald Welker, Moody Music Building, (205) 348-8220.
Pi Mu Epsilon promotes scholarship and interest in mathematics. Invitation to membership is based on quantitative and qualitative achievement in mathematics and on general scholarship. Students must have completed 12 semester hours of calculus. Advisor: Dr. Jon Corson, 333-C Gordon Palmer Hall, (205) 348-1965.
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, seeks to recognize and stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government.
Psi Chi is a psychology honor society. In addition to sponsoring various academic and social activities throughout the year, it affords increased interaction with persons interested in psychological careers. Advisor: Dr. Jerome Rosenberg, 348 Gordon Palmer Hall, (205) 348-5083.
Sigma Delta Pi was founded on the University campus in 1945 to honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples; to honor those who strive to make the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known to the English-speaking peoples; to encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture; and to foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech. Advisor: Dr. Aida Toledo, 200 B. B. Comer Hall, (205) 348-5059.
Sigma Gamma Epsilon is a national honor society for the earth sciences. The objective of the society is to promote the scholastic and scientific advancement of its members. Membership in Sigma Gamma Epsilon is intended for scientists and students of science whose primary concern is the study of the earth. Requirements for membership include a major in any branch of earth sciences, 12 semester hours in earth science, and a GPA of 2.67 or higher overall and of 3.0 or higher in earth science. Advisor: Dr. Rona Donahoe, 243 Bevill Building, and Dr. Nathan Green, 239 Bevill Building, (205) 348-5095.
Sigma Pi Sigma is a national physics honor society whose objective is to award distinction to students of high scholarship and promise of achievement in physics. Members must be juniors or seniors with a minimum of 12 hours in physics, with at least one semester at the University; an overall grade average of 3.0; and a minimum average in physics of 3.5 or 3.25 with at least 20 hours in physics. Advisor: Dr. Ion Stancu, 253 Gallalee Hall, (205) 348-3777.
Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society, aims to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of fellowship among its members. Advisor: Dr. Robert Halli, 228 Nott Hall, (205) 348-8500.