Honor Societies

The Honors College provides this list of honor societies and their campus contact information solely as a service to high-achieving students. Honors societies can be a good opportunity for some students and can supplement the academic experience. However, we do not recommend any particular honors societies and urge students to carefully research any honors society before joining.

Many honor societies are discipline-specific, as can be seen in the list below; there are also some open to students from any major that focus more on general academic achievement and leadership. 


UNC Charlotte Honor Societies:

Alpha Kappa Delta - Sociology

International Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The purpose of AKD is to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Pollock (spolloc1@uncc.edu)

Please visit Alpha Kappa Delta for more information.

Alpha Phi Sigma - Criminal Justice

National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity.

Faculty Advisor: Sue Hodge (sshodge@uncc.edu)

Please visit Alpha Phi Sigma for more information.

Alpha Sigma Lambda - Nontraditional Students

Honor Society for Nontraditional Students

Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of nontraditional students continuing their higher education. The Society was established in 1945-46 to honor superior scholastic achievement and leadership in adult students. Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for full and part-time adult students.

Faculty Advisor:  Elizabeth Brownell-Lynn (ebrownel@uncc.edu)

Please visit Alpha Sigma Lambda for more information.

Beta Alpha Psi - Accounting and Finance

National Honors Business Organization

Beta Alpha Psi is a national honorary organization for business information students and professionals. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. The organization primarily serves those interested in the field of finance. 

Faculty Advisor: Robert Monaghan (rmonagha@uncc.edu)

Please visit Beta Alpha Psi for more information.

Beta Beta Beta - Biological Sciences

National Biological Sciences Honor Soceity

Beta Beta Beta (or TriBeta) is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. At the heart of every district and national meeting are student research papers presented in the style of graduate meetings. 

Faculty Advisors: Adam Reitzel (areitze2@uncc.edu)

Please visit Tri-Beta for more information.

Beta Gamma Sigma - Business

International Business Honor Society

Beta Gamma Sigma recognizes the highest level of acheivement at business programs accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Only top scholars at AACSB accredited programs are invited to join the organization. The organization recognizes academic excellence in business studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For over a century, BGS has identified future business leaders based upon past performance as well as strong indicators of future excellence. Our membership includes top executives at world-leading organizations such as Hewlett-Packard, Bank of America, Ernst & Young, AT&T, Procter & Gamble, and many more. With each new member, Beta Gamma Sigma becomes an even greater presence in the academic and business communities. Members are entitled to benefits such as vast networking opportunities both online and in-person, enriching programming, leadership opportunities, and career resources, to name a few.

Faculty Advisor: Patricia Mynatt

Please visit Beta Gamma Sigma for more information. 

Chi Epsilon - Civil Engineering

Civil Engineering Honor Society

Chi Epsilon is dedicated to the purpose of maintaining and promoting the status of civil engineering as an ideal profession. Chi Epsilon was organized to recognize the characteristics of the individual civil engineer deemed to be fundamental to the successful pursuit of an engineering career, and to aid in the development of those characteristics in civil engineering students.

Faculty Advisor:  Jim Bowen (jdbowen@uncc.edu)

Please visit Chi Epsilon for more information.

Chi Sigma Iota - Counseling

International Honor Society of Counseling Professionals

Mu Tau Beta is the UNC Charlotte chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society of counseling professionals and professionals-in-training dedicated to excellence in scholarship, research, and clinical practice. Activities include new student orientation, newsletter, alumni network, and professional development seminars. 

Faculty Advisiors: Edward Wierzalis (eawierza@uncc.edu)
                                Kristie K. Opiola (kopiola@uncc.edu)

Please visit Chi Sigma Iota for more information. 

Eta Kappa Nu - Electrical Engineering

Electrical and Electronics Engineering Honor Society

Eta Kappa Nu is a membership organization dedicated to encouraging and recognizing excellence in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) designated fields of interest. These include: Engineering, Computer Sciences and Information Technology, Physical Sciences, Biological and Medical Sciences, Mathematics, Technical Communications, Education, Management, Law and Policy. Members consist of students, alumni, and other professionals who have demonstrated exceptional academic and professional accomplishments.

Faculty Advisor: Andrew Willis (arwillis@uncc.edu)

Please visit Eta Kappa Nu for more information.

Gamma Iota Sigma - Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science

International Honor Society for Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science

Gamma Iota Sigma is a registered educational organization and is the only international business fraternity for students of insurance, risk management and actuarial science. GIS pursues a mission to promote and encourage student interest in the industry as a profession while encouraging the high moral and scholastic attainments of its members.

Faculty Advisor: Thomas Marshall (tsmarsha@uncc.edu)

Please visit Gamma Iota Sigma for more information.

Golden Key

International Collegiate Honor Society

Golden Key’s mission is to enable members to realize their potential through the advancement of academics, leadership and service. Membership in Golden Key—the world's largest collegiate honor society—is an investment in your future that can provide a vital enhancement to your academic career as you continue to work towards achieving your personal and professional goals.

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Stroud (Sarah.Stroud@uncc.edu)

Please visit Golden Key for more information.

Iota Iota Iota - Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Honor Society

Iota Iota Iota is the academic honor society for the field of Women’s and Gender Studies. The purpose of this organization is to encourage and support scholarship and excellence in women’s and gender studies. Iota Iota Iota is named for the ancient goddesses Inanna, Ishtar, and Isis. Iota Iota Iota strives to maintain feminist values central to women’s studies: egalitarianism, inclusiveness, and celebration of the diversity of women’s and gendered experiences.

Faculty Advisor: Laura Tamberelli (latamber@uncc.edu)

Please visit Triota Honor Society for more information.

Kappa Delta Pi - Education

International Honor Society in Education

Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education, founded in 1991 at the University of Illinois, was established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. The Omicron Pi Chapter of KDP at UNC Charlotte, installed in 1981, promotes excellence in and recognizes outstanding contributions to education.

Faculty Advisor: Misty Hathcock (mchathco@uncc.edu)

Please visit Kappa Delta Pi for more information.

Lambda Pi Eta - Communication Studies

Communication Studies Honor Society

Lambda Pi Eta is a Communication Studies department honor society that is sponsored by the National Communication Association. The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement, stimulate interest in the field of communication and promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.

Faculty Advisor: Melody Dixon-Brown (melodydb@uncc.edu)

Please visit Lambda Pi Eta for more information.

National Society of Leadership and Success

National Leadership Honor Society

The purpose of the National Society of Leadership and Success is to create lasting positive change as a worldwide training organization for achievement and leadership education, while also assisting college students in developing the lives they desire by helping students discover what they truly want to do and giving them the support and tools to achieve their goals.

Faculty Advisor: Linda Probst (lsprobst@uncc.edu)

Please visit National Society of Leadership and Success for more information.

Omicron Delta Epsilon - Economics

International Economics Honor Society

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; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist , and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

Faculty Advisor: Carol Stivender (costiven@uncc.edu)

Please visit Omicron Delta Epsilon for more information. 

Omicron Delta Kappa

National Leadership Honor Society

The purpose of Omicron Delta Kappa is threefold: to recognize men and women who have attained a high standard of efficiency in collegiate activities and to inspire others to strive for conspicuous attainments along similar lines; to bring together representative men and women in all phases of collegiate life and, thus, create an organization which can help to mold the sentiment of the institution on questions of local and intercollegiate interest; and to bring together members of the faculty and student body of the institution on a basis of mutual interest and understanding.

Faculty Advisor: Steven Sabol (sosabol@uncc.edu)

Please visit Omicron Delta Kappa for more information.

Phi Beta Delta - International Scholars

Honor Society for International Scholars

UNC Charlotte was invited to join the Phi Beta Delta Honor Society in 1987 as a charter member. Phi Beta Delta has as its purpose the recognition of experience in the areas of international education exchange and/or international scholarship. It also serves as a means for encouraging interdisciplinary interchange and serves as a catalyst for developing a network among faculty, students, and staff involved.

Faculty/Staff  Advisor: Joseph Hoff (jhoff1@uncc.edu)

Please visit Phi Beta Delta for more information.

Phi Kappa Phi

National Collegiate Honor Society

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest, and most selective honor society to recognize and promote excellence in all academic disciplines. It is an honor society which draws members from all academic disciplines within colleges and universities.  Each year, approximately 34,000 students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni are initiated.

Faculty Advisor: Leslie Zenk (lzenk@uncc.edu)

Please visit Phi Kappa Phi for more information.

Pi Mu Epsilon - Mathematics

National Mathematics Honor Society

Pi Mu Epsilon is dedicated to the promotion of mathematics and recognition of students who successfully pursue mathematical understanding. To promote mathematics, the National Pi Mu Epsilon Council sponsors an annual conference in conjunction with the Mathematics Association of America (MAA) annual MathFest.

Faculty Advisor: Jaya Bishwal (J.Bishwal@uncc.edu)

Please visit Pi Mu Epsilon for more information.

Pi Sigma Alpha - Political Science

National Political Science Honor Society

This is the UNCC chapter of the national honor society for outstanding students of political science, as it recognizes superior scholarship among the students of political science. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha also provides excellent leadership opportunities for students who want to take an active role in their political science education.

Faculty Advisor: Joshua Miller (j.preston.miller@uncc.edu)

Please visit Pi Sigma Alpha for more information.

Psi Chi - Psychology

International Honor Soceity in Psychology

Psi Chi is an International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general.

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Kathleen Burke and Dr. Maria-Carla Chiarella.

Please visit Psi Chi for more information, or email unccpsichi@uncc.edu for more information.

Sigma Alpha Lambda

National Leadership and Honors Organization

Sigma Alpha Lambda is a national leadership and honors organization dedicated to personal development and success. The organization promotes leadership opportunities, rewards academic achievement, and unites members in the pursuit of a common goal through service on campus and in the community.

Faculty Advisor: Leslie D. Robinson (ldill2@uncc.edu)

Please visit Sigma Alpha Lambda for more information.

Sigma Tau Delta - English

International English Honors Society

UNC Charlotte's Beta Sigma chapter of the International English Honors Society. The purpose of Sigma Tau Delta is to provide opportunities for English Majors to join with others interested in language and literature on our campus, within the Charlotte community and even regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Faculty sponsor and advisor:  Janaka Lewis (j.lewis@uncc.edu)

Please visit Sigma Tau Delta for more information.

Tau Beta Pi - Engineering

Engineering Honor Society

Tau Beta Pi is the only engineering honor society representing the entire engineering profession. It is the nation's second-oldest honor society. Tau Beta Pi seeks to broaden the collegiate experience of its members, thereby enhancing the engineering educational experience. Interests in non-technical fields, civic responsibility, and other human and cultural areas are encouraged through the various social and service activities of the chapters.

Faculty Advisor: Robert Cox (robert.cox@uncc.edu)

Please visit Tau Beta Pi for more information.

Tau Sigma - Transfer Students

National Honor Society for Transfer Students

The purpose of the organization is to recognize the academic achievement of students transferring to an intstitution of higher learning from another academic institution and to encourage and promote the students' involvement in the institution to which they have transferred.

Faculty Advisor: Emily Jensen (ejensen3@uncc.edu)

Please visit Tau Sigma for more information.

The National Society of Scabbard and Blade - ROTC

National Honor Society for ROTC

The purpose of the group named Scabbard & Blade is to unite cadets and midshipmen from over the nation in military excellence in a joint service honor society. The society strives to better cadets and midshipmen as future officers and to strengthn the joint service relationship through service to the community and leadership opportunities.

Faculty Advisor: Patrick M. Walker (pwalke26@uncc.edu)

Please visit the Society of Scabbard and Blade for more information.