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Alpha Chi

Alpha Chi, a national honor society,was established on the Caldwell campus in 1971. Membership is awarded to full-time Seniors and Juniors with a 3.7 grade point average.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is the International Sociological Honor Society for sociology students. AKD seeks to promote sociological study, research on social problems, and the betterment of humanity through social and intellectual activities. Membership is open to students who: “must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution; must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution; must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.0 (by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship; must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation; must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).” (AKD Handbook, Article III, Section 3).

Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. Alpha Phi Sigma offers students leadership experience through the management of a student organization, interaction with other Criminal Justice students and prominent Criminal Justice professionals and enhanced marketability in the workplace. The requirements for undergraduate students include a 3.2 overall G.P.A. with at least 43 credit hours and a 3.2 G.P.A. in the Criminal Justice Major. Alpha Phi Sigma members must have taken at least four Criminal Justice courses and be in the top 35 percent of their class. Part-time students, graduate students, and those with a minor in Criminal Justice are also eligible for membership into the Honor Society.

Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda is a national honor society dedicated to the advancement of scholarship. It recognizes the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work.To be eligible, a student must be attempting a first degree, age 23 and over with a GPA of 3.7 and 36 credits earned at Caldwell University.

Beta Beta Beta (Tri-Beta)

Beta Beta Beta, a national honor and professional society for students of the biological sciences, was established at Caldwell University in 1997. Caldwell’s chapter is Rho Mu. The activities of Beta Beta Beta are designed to encourage scholarly achievement in biology, to cultivate intellectual interest in the life and natural sciences, and to stimulate investigation through scientific research in the field. Regular membership is open to undergraduate biology majors who have completed at least one term of the second year of a four-year curriculum and taken at least three biology courses with an average of B. Associate membership is open to undergraduates whose interests include the life sciences but who are ineligible for regular membership.

Delta Alpha Pi

Because of the negative stereotyping associated with disability, students have been reluctant to identify themselves publicly. Delta alpha pi international honor society presents the opportunity to change that perception by recognizing students with disabilities for their academic accomplishments. In addition this honor society facilitates development of skills in leadership, advocacy and education for participating students.

Delta Epsilon Sigma

The Beta Delta Chapter of Delta Epsilon Sigma, national scholastic honor society for students of colleges and universities with a Catholic tradition, was installed at Caldwell University on February 25, 1944. Membership is open to undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 credits towards their baccalaureate degrees with a minimum overall GPA of 3.60.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Mary Ann Miller


Delta Mu Delta is an international business administration honor society that promotes higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic attainment in business subjects. Membership provides recognition for a lifetime. Students are invited to join the society if they are within the top 20% of their class, completed more than half of their required courses, and earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Kappa Delta Epsilon

Kappa Delta Epsilon is an honorary professional education fraternity, the purpose of which is to promote the cause of education by fostering a spirit of fellowship, high standards of scholastic attainment, and professional ideals among its members. Membership is open to full-time students who have been formally accepted into the Education Department, have achieved a G.P.A. of at least 3.25 and have exhibited professional growth. Continuing Education students who have completed 60 credits, 12 of which are in Education and have fulfilled all other requirements are also eligible.

*Students MUST maintain good academic standing in order to remain a member of Kappa Delta Epsilon.

Kappa Gamma Pi

Kappa Gamma Pi is the national Catholic college graduate honor society. It is open to all graduating seniors who are graduating from a participating Catholic college. Up to 10% of the graduating class may be inducted. Requirements for nomination include a minimum G.P.A. of 3.5 and leadership in campus-based extracurricular activities or off-campus volunteer projects, especially with benefit to others. Both traditional and continuing education students are eligible.

Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society in history, aims to promote the study of history by encouraging historical research, publication, and discussion by students and faculty alike. Membership is open to all students who have completed at least 12 credits in history and who are maintaining high standards in their academic program.


Founded in 1897, the Society is the nation’s oldest and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines.  Its mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma Iota is the international honor society for outstanding students of foreign languages. It is open to juniors and seniors with B+ averages who are majoring or minoring in Spanish or French.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society, aims to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science. The Caldwell University chapter seeks to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. Membership is open to all students who have completed at least 12 credits of political science courses with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, including at least one course at the 300 level or higher. In addition, the student’s total GPA must place them within the upper third of their class.

Psi Chi

Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. For undergraduates, requirements include an overall G.P.A. of 3.5 for a minimum of 45 credits, along with a 3.5 average for a minimum 9 psychology credits completed. Graduate students must have completed a minimum 12 graduate credits with a minimum 3.65 G.P.A. The organization’s purpose is to “Encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.”

Sigma Tau Delta

The Chi Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is one of 132 active chapters in the national professional English fraternity. Its purpose is “to promote the mastery of written expression, to encourage significant reading and to foster a spirit of fellowship among the men and women specializing in English.” Open to English majors with a 3.2 G.P.A. overall, and a 3.5 G.P.A. in the major. Students must have completed a minimum of 60 credits at Caldwell University.

Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society for professors and students who have been elected to membership upon the basis of excellence in theology and religious studies. Its purpose is to further the study of theology and religious studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Any student of theology may become eligible for membership by meeting the following requirements:

A. Undergraduate Students:

  1. must have completed at least three semesters in the College
  2. must have completed a minimum of fifteen semester credits in Theology beyond the core
  3. attained a grade point average of at least 3.5 in such courses
  4. attained at least a 3.0 grade point average in their total academic program to date
  5. been ranked in the upper 35% of their class in general scholarship at the time of induction.

B. Graduate Students:

  1. must be matriculated in the Pastoral Ministry program
  2. have completed at least one half of the residency requirements of their current degree program
  3. have attained at least a 3.5 grade point average in their coursework to date

Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities

Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities, a national honor society, accepts for membership each year students who excel in scholarship, leadership, citizenship and service to their college, and who give the promise of future usefulness to business and society. Eligible Caldwell students are notified in writing by the Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs regarding procedures and deadlines.