Pi Delta Phi

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Pi Delta Phi
Founded 1906
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA)
Type Honor Society
Emphasis French
Motto Probaínomen Diakritoi Philogálatoi
Colors Blue, White and Red
Publication Newsletter
Chapters 370+ chapters
Members 75,000+ collegiate
Headquarters Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, State University of New York at Geneseo
Geneseo, NY, USA
Homepage http://www.pideltaphi.org

Pi Delta Phi is the French National Honor Society for undergraduate and graduate students at accredited public and private colleges and universities in the United States. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.

Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society for French at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After twenty years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925, and the Gamma Chapter at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1926.

The society expanded slowly during the next fifteen years, but enjoyed renewed interest and growth during the 1940s and 1950s . It currently numbers more than 370 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.


As stated in the by-laws, the purpose of the Society is:

(1) to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and francophone literatures,

(2) to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and

(3) to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.


The Society's Executive Board, comprising elected regional Vice Presidents, is chaired by an elected President who appoints the Executive Director and Newsletter Editor. All Board positions are volunteer. The official publication of Pi Delta Phi is the Newsletter. The Society awards scholarships for summer study in France and Québec to Regular undergraduate members of active chapters.


Regular members include undergraduate students at the sponsoring institution who are nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in French. Requirements for regular membership are: completion of at least one course of upper division French (i.e. beyond the intermediate-level series of courses); 3.0 GPA in French, 3.0 GPA overall, AND rank in the top 35% of their class; sophomore standing. Graduate students who are candidates for an advanced degree in French are eligible for regular membership.

Honorary members include: the French faculty of the sponsoring institution who are not already members of Pi Delta Phi; members of the faculty at large; students who do not meet the requirements for regular membership; college or university alumni who did not become members while attending the sponsoring institution; and diplomats, community and business leaders who have demonstrated a strong support of French language, and/or of the cultures and literatures of the French-speaking world.


A list of all of the chapters of Pi Delta Phi is available on the organization's website here

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