After a few semesters, you may receive invitations from honor societies that focus on your major (discipline), multiple majors, or all majors. These are based on cumulative achievement and provide many benefits for students while in school as well as after graduation. Here are a few types of these honor societies.
Single Disciplinary Honor Societies: Not all honor societies are available to freshmen. There are honor societies for sophomores, juniors and seniors, graduate students, and many combinations. In addition, there are discipline-specific honor societies, such as Psi Chi, the honor society for Psychology, Beta Gamma Sigma, for Business programs, and many others.
All-Discipline Honor Societies:
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective all-discipline honor society, open to second semester juniors, seniors and graduate students. You must be in the top 7.5% of your junior class or the top 10% of the senior or graduate school class to qualify.
Multiple-Discipline Honor Societies:
Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest honor society in the country and inducts up to 10% of those seniors and a very limited number of juniors who have a distinguished record of performance majoring in the liberal arts. They should demonstrate a broad exposure to the liberal arts — fine arts, humanities, languages, mathematics, natural sciences, and social sciences — as well as substantial work in areas outside their major.
Student Success Strategy #22: Honor Societies reward sustained performance. Aim for those within your major as well as multiple- or all-discipline honor societies.