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HPJ Honorary Societies


PHI ALPHA THETA

Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the oldest and most prestigious honor society in history. It’s mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges and to promote and assist historical research and publication by our members.

The Nu Kappa Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at ONU in 1968. its members participate actively in professional meetings and sponsor campus events.  This society operates in association with Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary.

Nu Kappa Chapter at ONU

The Nu Kappa Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was established at ONU in 1968. its members participate actively in professional meetings and sponsor campus events.

The Organization:  Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the oldest and most prestigious history honor society. It’s mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges and to promote and assist historical research and publication by our members.

Membership:  To qualify for Phi Alpha Theta undergraduate students must complete at least 12 semester hours in History (4 courses) with a GPA of at least 3.1 in History, have a GPA of 3.0 or better overall, and be in the top 35% of the class. Membership is not limited to History majors.

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. John Lomax, Professor of History

PHI BETA DELTA

Phi Beta Delta is the Honor Society for International Scholars. The nominees for membership in the Gamma Upsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Delta include outstanding faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Phi Beta Delta was founded on February 27, 1986 at California State University at Long Beach, and it became a national organization in 1987. As of the Spring of 2005, over 150 chapters had been founded in the US and Mexico with over 5000 members. The Society hopes to integrate all faculty, staff, students, and alumni who possess a deep commitment to international affairs, education, and research. One of the functions of the Gamma Upsilon Chapter has been to create a regular forum in which international affairs can be discussed using university sources and by seeking prominent individuals with varied experience in international affairs recruited from beyond the university community.

Membership:  Undergraduate students must have junior standing or better, have demonstrated high scholastic achievement, and have an average GPA of 3.0 or better in their academic work. Graduate students must achieve a GPA of at least 3.5. Law students are expected to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0. Those eligible for membership include: international students (juniors, seniors, and graduate students) who have demonstrated high scholastic achievement; students and alumni who have completed studies abroad in approved exchange programs or internships and have demonstrated high scholastic achievement; international scholars; and faculty and staff who have been involved in recognized international endeavors (i.e., research, teaching, program development, and international educational exchange).

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Michael Loughlin, Professor of History

PI SIGMA ALPHA

Pi Sigma Alpha is the Political Science honor society.  This society operates in association with Phi Alpha Theta, the history honorary.  Our chapter has been especially active.  We have been recognized six times nationally as an outstanding chapter.  This honor is only bestowed upon three schools of our size each year.   No other chapter in the country has been recognized as much as our chapter.  We sponsor department picnics, speakers, and campaign events among other things.  Students have traveled to various conferences to present papers and form networks with scholars and office holders.  We have secured nearly $15,000 in external grant money over the past decade.  This money has been used to fund student travel to the annual meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.  We have also been very involved in surveying the members of the Electoral College.  Professor Alexander serves on the National Executive Council of Pi Sigma Alpha.  

Membership:   To qualify for Pi Sigma Alpha undergraduate students must complete at least a minimum of (4) classes in political science (two of which are 3000/4000 level) and maintain at least a 3.25 GPA both within political science courses and for their cumulative GPA.

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. Robert Alexander, Professor of Political Science

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STUDIA SOCIALIA AMERICAE

Studia Socialia Americae is a national social studies honor society. It was founded at Ohio Northern University in 2005. It recognizes academic achievement among university and college students who are pursuing state licensure or certification in social studies as well as academic and professional achievement among educators who already hold state licensure or certification in social studies. It provides a forum for the exchange of information in all matters of interest to students and educators in social studies.

Membership:  Membership for undergraduate students requires twelve hours of course work in collegiate social science courses and twelve hours of course work in professional education courses. The students must carry a grade point average of at least 3.1/4.0 in coursework in the social sciences and education. The overall grade point average must be at least 3.0/4.0. Those who already hold licensure or certification in social studies are selected on the basis of conspicuous contributions to the field of social studies.

Faculty Advisor:  Dr, Russ Crawford, Associate Professor of History

GAMMA THETA UPSILON

In spring 2009, the Lambda Psi chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) honor society for International Geography was created at Ohio Northern University. The creation of this prestigious honor society reflects increased interest in geography at ONU. During the university Honors Day ceremonies in May, three students and two faculty members became the first five inductees into the Lambda Psi chapter of GTU.

Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is an international honor society in geography. Gamma Theta Upsilon was founded in 1928 and became a national organization in 1931. Members of GTU have met academic requirements and share a background and interest in geography. GTU chapter activities support geography knowledge and awareness.

GTU’s Goals are:

  1. To further professional interest in Geography by affording a common organization for those interested in the field.
  2. To strengthen student and professional training through academic experiences in addition to those of the classroom and laboratory.
  3. To advance the status of Geography as a cultural and practical discipline for study and investigation.
  4. To encourage student research of high quality, and to promote an outlet for publication.
  5. To create and administer funds for furthering graduate study and/or research in the field of Geography.
  6. To encourage members to apply geographic knowledge and skills in service to humankind.

Gamma Theta Upsilon owes its origin to the vision of Dr. Robert G. Buzzard. He established an honorary fraternity in the field of geography just prior to World War I, while a student at the University of Chicago. This attempt to form a permanent organization was not successful.

During 1924-25, while a graduate student at Clark University, Dr. Buzzard was influenced by a local organization called the Clark University Geographical Society (CUGS). CUGS was comprised of students in attendance and persons with a graduate degree from Clark University. Dr. Buzzard had a great appreciation for the value and importance of geography student organizations.

The possibility of establishing a geographical fraternity was discussed during the annual meeting of the National Council for Geographic Education in 1925 at Madison, Wisconsin. At that time, academic fraternities representing other disciplines were growing at a rapid pace, and interest in a geography honor society was also increasing.

During the 1920s, Dr. Buzzard established a geography club at Illinois State Normal. University, Normal, Illinois, where he was a Professor. On May 15, 1928, the club became Alpha Chapter, Gamma Theta Upsilon, a professional geography fraternity, with thirty-three charter members, chartered under the State of Illinois.

For three years, Alpha Chapter continued as a thriving local fraternity. Interest gradually increased, however, in developing a national organization for Gamma Theta Upsilon. In the Spring of 1931, a determined effort was made to nationalize. This effort was successful, and on May 15, 1931, the Founder's Day of Alpha Chapter, charters were granted to four additional chapters: the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa; Sam Houston State Teachers College, Huntsville, Texas; State Teachers College, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania; and Southwest Missouri State College, Springfield, Missouri. Since that time, more than 200 GTU chapters have been established, and new chapters are added almost every year.

In order to strengthen ties among chapters and among all members of Gamma Theta Upsilon, Regional Divisions were established in 1972. These divisions correspond generally to the regional divisions of the Association of American Geographers .

Membership:  Initiates have completed a minimum of 3 geography courses, have a GPA of at least 3.3 overall and in geography, and shall have completed at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of college course work.

Faculty Advisor:  Dr. H. Jimmy Wilson, Assistant Professor of Management and Geographic Information Systems