Honor Societies

The College of Arts and Sciences at Pacific University hosts chapters of each of the following national honor societies. Membership in these organizations is based upon criteria such as grade point average, scholarship, service and leadership. For information about joining an honor society in your discipline, please contact the appropriate faculty advisor.

General Societies

Phi Eta Sigma – Freshman Honor Society
Faculty advisor: Caleb Emmons

Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college students in all disciplines. The society’s mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

Sigma Xi – Research in the Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Stephen Hall

Sigma Xi is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

Discipline Specific Societies

Anthropology: Lambda Alpha
Faculty Advisor: Cheleen Mahar

The purpose of Lambda Alpha is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology.

Biology: Beta Beta Beta
Faculty Advisor: Lori Rynd

Beta Beta Beta (TriBeta) is dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending the boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research.

Psychology: Psi Chi
Faculty Advisor: Dawn M. Salgado


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.

Social Work: Phi Alpha – Omicron Kappa Chapter
Faculty Advisor: Andrea Doerfler

The Purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta
Faculty Advisor: Adam Rafalovich

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing academic scholarship in sociology.

Physics: Sigma Pi Sigma
Faculty Advisor: James Butler

Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among students at all levels; to promote an attitude of service of its members towards their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics.