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World Languages and Cultural Studies

Pi Delta Phi

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 oldest academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the U.S., Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. There are currently more than 370 chapters of the Society in the United States and two representative chapters at the American Universities in Paris and Aix-en-Provence in France. The society was admitted to membership in the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. For more Pi Delta Phi history, visit the History page. OMICRON ETA, Merrimack College’s Chapter of Pi Delta Phi, was established in December 2012.

The purpose of the Society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.


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.


Dr. Sylvie Pressman