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Pforzheimer Honors College

The Pforzheimer Honors College was created to foster the development of outstanding students by enabling them to exercise greater responsibility and initiative in their academic work. The Honors College gives its students the opportunity to participate in a scholarly community of students and faculty. Honors courses are taken throughout all four undergraduate years, cover a wide range of topics, and are taught by the top professors. The Honors College offers events on campus and trips off campus that expose students to the cultural life of the New York City area.

Pace University has a long tradition of student-faculty collaboration in research projects. Honors students may engage in independent research projects carried out in the junior and/or senior years under the direction of a faculty mentor. Results of this research are presented at the Spring Honors Conference and may be published in the scholarly journal Transactions as well as online through the University’s Digital Commons. Honors courses are noted on the student's transcript, and an Honors certificate and medallion are awarded at graduation.

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Honor Societies: An Invitation to All Pace Undergraduate Students

In keeping with its motto “Opportunitas,” the mission of Pace University is to provide its students with the opportunity to discover and fulfill their potential. At Pace University, supportive and challenging programs prepare graduates for meaningful lives and successful careers in a rapidly changing world. The University’s commitments combine respect for traditional academic values with readiness to meet the challenges of the future with energy and innovation.

Pace University strives to foster intellectual growth, ethical maturity, civic responsibility, and professionalism in specific disciplines. National honor societies at Pace University play a vital role in advancing these goals. All national honor societies recognize academic excellence, promote scholarship, and enrich the undergraduate educational experience. Members benefit from fellowship between students, faculty, and active professionals. Honor societies are keys that open doors to graduate school, career opportunities, and professional development. Membership in an honor society bestows honor, recognition, and lifetime distinction. Honor societies keep members informed of changing developments in their field through meetings and publications. Finally, members may be eligible for scholarships offered by national honor societies that support undergraduate education, special activities, and graduate school education.

Students are encouraged to strive to meet the eligibility requirements of the appropriate honor societies listed in this booklet. For further information, please contact the society’s faculty advisor.

Alpha Chi

The National College Honor Scholarship Society
Mission: Alpha Chi is a general honor society that admits students from all academic disciplines. The purpose of this honor society is to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction. Membership in Alpha Chi recognizes previous accomplishments and provides opportunity for continued growth and service. Some 300 chapters, located in almost every state and in Puerto Rico, induct more than 11,000 members annually. Alpha Chi is distinctive in that it involves members in all aspects of its operation: chapter officer leadership, student representation on the National Council, local chapter event planning, and presenting scholarly programs at regional and national conventions.

Requirements: Alpha Chi membership is limited to the top 10 % of juniors and seniors. Students must have 60 credits (at least 30 credits must be from Pace University) and a 3.50 QPA to be invited to join.

Carl Malinowski
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3996

Michael Rosenfeld
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1285

National Alpha Chi Website

Alpha Delta Sigma

The National Marketing Honor Society
Mission: Alpha Delta Sigma is the national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation

Requirements: Alpha Delta Sigma is for seniors who are majoring in marketing (advertising and promotion concentration) or communication with a 3.25 QPA are invited to join the society.

Paul Kurnit
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: 914 737-0300

Pradeep Gopalakrishna
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 618-6456

Alpha Phi Sigma

The National Criminal Justice Honor Society
Mission: Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice.

Requirements: Alpha Phi Sigma members must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation at Pace University. Students must be recommended by the chapter advisor and must have a minimum of a 3.2 overall GPA, with a 3.2 QPA in criminal justice courses. Students must also rank in the top 35% of their class and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.

Margaret Fitzgerald
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (212) 773-3950

National Alpha Phi Sigma Website

Alpha Sigma Lambda

The National Honor Society for Nontraditional Adult Students: Mu Alpha Chapter
Mission: The Mu Alpha Chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda recognizes the special achievements of adult students who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests at home and at work. This honor society is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career.

Requirements: Alpha Sigma Lambda requires students to have a minimum grade point average of a 3.2 QPA, while being in the top 10% of their class and must be 24 years of age or older.

Danielle Plass
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3568

Nickie Foster
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1949

National Alpha Sigma Lambda Website

Beta Alpha Psi

The National Honor Society for Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems.
Mission: Beta Alpha Psi is the national honorary and professional fraternity for students of accounting, finance, and information systems. As the premier professional accounting and business information fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi recognizes academic excellence and complements members’ formal education by providing interaction between students, faculty, and professionals, and by encouraging ethical conduct, and public service. Beta Alpha Psi brings excellent students and business professionals together and fosters professional and social development by sponsoring activities that enhance the educational experience and broaden the perspective of each member. The Pace chapter has earned “Superior Chapter” status nationally each year since its inception.

Requirements: Beta Alpha Psi requires students to complete the first junior-level course in their major with a grade of B or higher and have a 3.00 (B) cumulative QPA.

Charles Tang
Advisor (New York City and Pleasantville)
Phone: (212) 618-6430

National Beta Alpha Psi Website

Beta Beta Beta

The National Biology Honor Society
Mission: Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is a society for students dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Since its founding in 1922, more than 175,000 persons have been accepted into lifetime membership, and more than 430 chapters have been established throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Requirements: Beta Beta Beta membership is limited to students with upper sophomore status, juniors, and seniors. Students must be in good academic standing and have completed at least 3 courses in biological science, of which at least one is not an introductory course, with an average grade of B in those Biology courses.

William P. Ventura
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: 914) 773-3343

Marcy Kelly
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1353

National Tri-Beta Website

Beta Gamma Sigma

The National Honor Society in Business
Mission: Beta Gamma Sigma is the preeminent national honor society in business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest national scholastic recognition that a student in business can receive in an undergraduate or graduate program at a school accredited by the AACSB International —The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The first national honor society in business, Beta Gamma Sigma was the result of a merger of three separate societies established to honor academic achievement in business at the University of Wisconsin, University of Illinois, and the University of California.

Requirements: Beta Gamma Sigma membership requires student ranking in the upper 7 percent of their junior class, the upper 10 percent of their senior class, or the upper 20 percent of students graduating from a master’s degree program. In addition, Lubin undergraduates must have a minimum cumulative QPA of 3.50.

Kathy Winsted
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3905

Eric Kessler
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1885

National Beta Gamma Sigma Website

Gamma Kappa Alpha

The National Italian Honor Society
Mission: The Gamma Kappa Alpha National Italian Honor Society is a society formed to acknowledge superior scholastic performance in the field of Italian language, literature and culture, and is open to membership at institutions of higher learning in the United States and Canada. The Society encourages college students to acquire a great interest in, and a deeper understanding of, Italian culture, art and history. The organization recognizes outstanding undergraduate scholarship in the field of Italian by awarding annually the Gamma Kappa Alpha Award for Scholarship.

Requirements: Any senior or junior with at least a "B" average in Italian, and who is in the upper 35% of his/her class is eligible. The student must have taken at least two courses in Italian at the college level, one of which must be at the advanced level.

Aldo Belardo
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (914) 438-5037

National Website: No national website

Golden Key International Honour Society

Mission: Golden Key National Honor Society was founded by a group of undergraduate students and faculty members at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 29, 1977. In 2001, the society modified its name to Golden Key International Honour Society to reflect its diversity and global presence. The spelling of “Honour” was utilized to observe the more globally accepted spelling. Golden Key International Honour Society recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence in all undergraduate fields of study, unites with faculty and administrators in developing and maintaining high standards of education, provides economic assistance to outstanding members by means of both undergraduate and graduate scholarships, and promotes altruistic conduct through voluntary service. Members are connected to exclusive career opportunities and assistance through Golden Key's partnerships with major corporations and graduate programs. The Society provides campus and community service opportunities enabling personal growth and leadership development. Golden Key is the largest collegiate honor society in the world. Golden Key has chapters at over 350 colleges and universities in Australia, Canada, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

Requirements: Golden Key International Honour Society requires a 3.5 QPA or higher and junior or senior status (64 credits competed or higher).

Christopher Walther
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3961

Chris Malone
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (914) 773-3428

National Golden Key International Honour Society Website

Kappa Delta Pi

The International Honor Society in Education
Mission: Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society dedicated to building a community of educators who are dedicated to scholarship and excellence in education. Members value and have pledged to cultivate and recognize scholarly work and excellent practice in their locales. Pace University’s chapter, named Psi Eta, seeks to make a difference in our immediate neighborhood as members contribute their time and talents in programs they develop together. Through planning and directing educational and fundraising events members experience professional growth and explore what it means to be a leader. Additionally, members serve as mentors who foster inquiry and reflection and share new knowledge as readers and contributors to the Kappa Delta Pi Record, the international quarterly journal.

Requirements: Kappa Delta Pi is open to New York Campus undergraduate education students who have upper sophomore status, a 3.33 QPA, and who have completed at least four education courses. Graduate education students on the New York Campus are selectively invited to become members.

Kathryn De Lawter
Advisor (PNY)
Phone: (212) 346-1887

Sharon Medow
Advisor (PNY)
Phone: (212) 346-1473

National Kappa Delta Pi Website

Kappa Mu Epsilon

The National Mathematics Honor Society
Mission: Kappa Mu Epsilon is a specialized honor society in mathematics, founded in 1931 to promote interest in mathematics among undergraduate students. The chapters' members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained high standards of scholarship, have professional merit, and have attained academic distinction.

Requirements: To be considered for membership in Kappa Mu Epsilon, students must have completed at least three mathematics courses beyond Math 137, with a minimum 3.0 QPA, and 3.4 mathematics QPA.

Lisa Fastenberg
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3657

Shamita Dutta Gupta
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1476

National Kappa Mu Epsilon Website

Lambda Pi Eta

The National Communications Honor Society
Mission: Lambda Pi Eta is an honor society that seeks to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement, to stimulate interest in the field of communication, to provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication, and to establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students.

Requirements: Lambda Pi Eta requires students to have completed at least 60 credits, have a QPA of at least 3.0 in all college courses, have completed the equivalent of at least 12 credits in communication courses, have a minimum QPA of 3.25 in all communications courses, and be in the top 35% of their graduating class.

Michelle Pulaski
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3165

Barry Morris
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1442

National Lambda Pi Eta Website

Lambda Sigma

National Honor Society for Second-Year students
Mission: Lambda Sigma, a National Honor Society for second year students, is dedicated to the purpose of fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and services among its members as they promote the interests of colleges and universities they represent.

Requirements: Students inducted into Lambda Sigma must have a GPA higher than a 3.5, and must demonstrate leadership potential and a strong record of service to their community.

Allyson King
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914)773-3847

Lesa Rader
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone (914) 773-3757

Shannon Haick
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1798

Paul Simpson
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1219

National Lambda Sigma Website

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The International Honor Society in Economics
Mission: Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world's largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities.

Requirements: Omicron Delta Epsilon membership is open to students who have completed 12 credits in Economics and who have achieved a 3.50 QPA overall and a 3.50 QPA in Economics and to graduate students who have a minimum QPA of 3.50.

Andrew Kliman
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3968h

Michael Szenberg
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 618-6529

Omicron Delta Epsilon Website

Phi Alpha Theta

The National History Honor Society
Mission:Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society whose 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. This honor society seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges.

Requirements:Phi Alpha Theta requires students to complete at least 12 credits in history, with a QPA of at least 3.1 in history, have a QPA of 3.0 overall, and be in the top 35% of their class.

Marilyn Weigold
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (914) 773-3457

Phi Alpha Theta Website

Phi Sigma Iota

The International Foreign Language Honor Society
Mission: Phi Sigma Iota recognizes outstanding ability and high standards of students and faculty of foreign languages, literatures and cultures (including classics, linguistics, philology, comparative literature, ESL, bilingual education, and second language acquisition). It is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 50,000 members since its foundation in 1917, and has created and supported numerous scholarship programs.

Requirements: Phi Sigma Iota recognizes students who have a 3.0 QPA or higher, and a B or higher in at least one 300 level foreign language course.

Andres Villagra
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3483

Iride Lamartina-Lens
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1433

Phi Sigma Iota Website

Pi Gamma Mu

The International Honor Society in Social Sciences
Mission: Pi Gamma Mu recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have distinguished themselves as scholars of the social sciences. Academic disciplines concerned principally with human behavior. Pi Gamma Mu considers the following fields to be included among the social sciences: anthropology, criminal justice, economics, geography, history, international relations, political science, psychology, and sociology.

Requirements: Pi Gamma Mu recognizes undergraduates who have completed 60 credits (at least 20 of which must have been earned at Pace University), at least 24 credits in the social sciences, and at least 12 upper-division credits in social science. A QPA of 3.0, and a QPA of 3.2 in the social sciences are minimum requirements. The student must not have obtained an "F" or "WF" in any course in the social sciences.

Greg Julian
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3959

Linda Quest
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1455

Pi Gamma Mu Website

Pi Lambda Theta

The International Education Honor Society
Mission: Pi Lambda Theta is an international honor society and professional association in education that honors excellence and fosters leadership skills and intellectual values. Membership is open to students and professionals who have met specific academic requirements or who have achieved certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Members can draw on a network of colleagues for professional support and friendship – before graduation, throughout a career, and after retirement. Those students interested in the International Honor Society in Education for the New York City campus, please refer to Kappa Delta Pi.

Requirements: Pi Lambda Theta requires students to have sophomore status and a 3.5 QPA.

Anna E. Fishman
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3880

Psi Chi

The National Honor Society in Psychology
Mission: Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology.

Requirements: Psi Chi requires students to have a 3.0 QPA, while ranking in the top 35% of their class. Students need to have upper sophomore status, and to have completed 9 credits in psychology.

Paul Griffin
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3647

Janice Jackson
Advisor (New York City)
Phone: (212) 346-1284

National Psi Chi Website

Sigma Iota Epsilon

The National Management Honor Society
Mission: Sigma Iota Epsilon honorary and professional fraternity organization in management. Sigma Iota Epsilon recognizes superior scholarship and offers members opportunities to engage in professional programs and other activities intended to bridge the gap between management theory and management practices.

Requirements: Sigma Iota Epsilon is open to undergraduate students majoring in Management, International Management and Management science. To be eligible for membership, undergraduate students must have a minimum QPA of 3.00, a grade of B or better in at least one management course, and at least 30 credits completed at Pace University toward their B.B.A. degree. Graduate students who have achieved a 3.25 QPA, a grade of B or better in at least one Management course, and have completed at least 9 credits at Pace toward their degree are also eligible.

Alan Eisner
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (914) 422-4194

National Sigma Iota Epsilon Website

Sigma Tau Delta

The International English Honor Society
Mission: Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed to the fields of language and literature. One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 725 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually.

Requirements: Sigma Tau Delta is open to students majoring or minoring in literature, have a QPA of 3.20, have taken at least 2 literature courses above the freshmen level, and have a 3.5 average in English and literature courses.

Bette Kirschstein
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3586

National Sigma Tau Delta Website

Sigma Theta Tau

The International Honor Society of Nursing
Mission: Sigma Theta Tau International honors those who demonstrate a personal commitment to nursing excellence. Sigma Theta Tau is committed to fostering excellence, scholarship, and leadership in nursing to improve health care worldwide. The Society promotes the use of nursing research in health care delivery and makes its resources available to all people and institutions interested in the latest knowledge in nursing care. Members are committed to providing the latest research, information, and technology in nursing science, and are instrumental in the profession’s scientific journey toward improved patient care.

Requirements: Sigma Theta Tau International is for undergraduate and graduate nursing students. Undergraduate students must complete ½ of the nursing curriculum, have at least a QPA of 3.0, and rank in the upper 35 % of their class. RN students must complete 12 credits at Pace University, complete ½ of the nursing curriculum, have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and rank in the upper 35 % of their class. Graduate students must complete ¼ of the nursing curriculum and have a minimum QPA of 3.5.

Shirley Stokes
Advisor (Pleasantville)
Phone: (914) 773-3534

National Sigma Theta Tau Website

Sigma Xi

The International Honor Society of Science and Engineering
Mission: Sigma Xi is a scientific research society. One of the oldest and largest scientific organizations, Sigma Xi has promoted a variety of science-oriented programs since its founding in 1886.. Its goals are to foster worldwide interactions involving science, technology, and society; to encourage appreciation and support of original work in science and technology; and to honor scientific achievements. Sigma Xi is a society of more than 80,000 scientists throughout the world.

Requirements: Sigma Xi membership is by nomination only. Those who have shown potential as researchers are invited to join as associate members. Full membership is conferred upon those who have demonstrated noteworthy achievements in research. Throughout its history, there have been over 200 Nobel laureates in Sigma Xi.

Charlene Hoegler
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (914) 773-3698

National Sigma Xi Website

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

The International Honor Society for the Computing Sciences
Mission: Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the first and only international honor society for the Computing Sciences. It was founded in 1967 to recognize scholarship and professionalism. Membership in Upsilon Pi Epsilon is limited to candidates who can effectively achieve the goals of recognizing outstanding talent in the computing sciences, promoting high scholarship in the computing sciences, establishing and maintaining high standards, representing the computing sciences in interdisciplinary communications, and encouraging individual contributions to society through the computing sciences.

Requirements: Upsilon Pi Epsilon accepts students with at least 80 credits and a QPA of 3.5 or higher in the following majors: BA/CS, BS/CS, BA/IS, BS/IS, BS/TS can apply.

Bernice Houle
Advisor (Pleasantville and New York City)
Phone: (914) 773-3592

National Upsilon Pi Epsilon Website