Language & Culture
Mount Saint Mary's College

Language & Culture

Alpha Mu Gamma: Sigma Chapter

This Honor Society is open to Freshmen and Sophomores in the AA or BA

Alpha Mu Gamma FlagAlpha Mu Gamma is the largest national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States. It is certainly the first foreign language honor society in the United States. It was established on April 29, 1931 at Los Angeles City College by five members of the College foreign language faculty.

Alpha Mu Gamma has as its primary purpose the honoring of students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

On the national level, Alpha Mu Gamma sponsors "National Foreign Language Week" the first full week of March of every year. The Society offers annually, on a competitive basis. to all students members of Alpha Mu Gamma who are planning continuing study of a foreign language the following scholarships: Three scholarships of $500 (for all languages), one $400 (for the study of French) in conjunction the summer scholarship offered by the University of Laval in Quebec (Canada) to an Alpha Mu Gamma nominated candidate, and one $200 (for the study of Esperanto or Spanish).

Member Qualifications:

A candidate for Full Membership of Alpha Mu Gamma, applying through a chapter, shall have completed one of the alternative language requirements:

A) He/she shall offer two final course grades of "A" in two college level courses of the same foreign language

B) A candidate who is a native of non-English speaking country, may offer two final course grades of "A" in college level English or English as a Second Language (ESL).

C) A candidate shall also have attained a minimum accumulative Grade Point Average of "B" in a college level work. Any chapter may adopt for itself higher, but not lower, requirements than those above. Grades offered in satisfaction of the requirements of Section 1, shall be the equivalent of two college level courses of at least three semester hours in the target language.

Advisor Contact Information:

Professor: Nancy Ballesteros
Office: Chalon-H529
            Doheny-Building 2, Room 208A

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