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Mount Saint Mary's College

Language & Culture

Pi Delta Phi

Pi Delta Phi

PI DELTA PHI was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After twenty years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925.

The Society expanded slowly during the next fifteen years. Since the end of World War II, Pi Delta Phi has enjoyed phenomenal growth. At the present time, it numbers more than 325 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.

Our Purpose

The purpose of this Society shall be:

  1. To recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures
  2. To increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world,
  3. To stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

Membership Eligibility:

Membership in Pi Delta Phi is open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability, provided that each
candidate meets the academic requirements of the Society. Membership is lifetime.

Regular Membership

1.This category includes undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a
degree program at the sponsoring institution who shall be nominated in recognition of their
academic achievement in at least one semester of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the
intermediate-level series of courses).

2. Candidates for Regular membership shall be of at least
sophomore standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in French
courses, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 35%
of their class.

Advisor Contact information:

Professor: Dr. Michele Fine
Office: H513
Phone: (310)954-4270 

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