University Honors and Honor Societies
A Guide to Graduating with Honors from Hamline University
At Hamline, you can add to your academic achievements and prepare further for a successful career by achieving honors through the University Honors Program. If you qualify for honors, you'll receive recognition at graduation with Latin honors, achieve departmental honors, and you can participate in Hamline chapters of the national honors societies.
University Honors Program
The University Honors Program emerges from Hamline’s mission. It is an opportunity for students to make the most of their undergraduate careers by pursuing academic excellence, undergraduate research, community involvement, and individual development. Students who participate in the University Honors Program seek out academic challenges, create community with one another, and find their achievements recognized and validated. They exemplify the way Hamline students pursue and prepare for lives of leadership, scholarship, and service.
University honors applications are due twice a year, in early December and late April. You can sign in with your Hamline email address to access the form. You will not be able to save and return to the application once you have begun.
Apply for University Honors (Google Form)
If you have any questions about the application process, content, or format, contact Susie Steinbach, university honors director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Departmental honors reflect the completion of a significant research or creative project. Students who successfully complete an honors project in their major graduate with departmental honors. If you are pursuing university honors as well, you can also achieve departmental honors and can apply this distinction in the category of undergraduate research.
A Departmental Honors Project (DHP) is a rigorous and fulfilling way of pursuing a long-term research project in your major. Your project may emerge from sophomore- and junior-year courses, study-abroad experiences, collaborative research projects, or your intellectual passions.
Work usually begins in the spring of your junior year and completed in the spring of your senior year. To learn more about projects in your department, consult your advisor and your department chair.
You can graduate with honors with the distinction of Latin honors, which reflects a student’s GPA. Students with 52 or more credits graded on an A–F scale and meet the following overall GPA requirements graduate with Latin honors:
- Cum laude: GPA 3.50 to 3.74
- Magna cum laude: GPA 3.75 to 3.89
- Summa cum laude: GPA 3.9 and above
Hamline chapters of national honor societies
Alpha Kappa Delta is an international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein, or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology and the research of social problems. Undergraduate membership is limited to sociology majors (or those who have demonstrated a serious interest in sociology) who are juniors or seniors and have a minimum 3.5 GPA.
Advisor: Ryan LeCount
Visit the national Alpha Kappa Delta sociology honor society website.
This society has a three-fold purpose: Stimulation of sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research. Requirements for membership include concentration in the field of biology and superior scholarship.
Advisor: Leif Hembre
Visit the national Beta Beta Beta biology honor society website.
Hamline University is proud to have had an Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle on its campus since 2008. ODK is the National Leadership Honor Society in the United States and the society recognizes junior and senior students who have excelled in academics while being leaders of organizations, teams and programs on college campuses. ODK places emphasis upon the development of the whole person, both as a present member of their college community and as a prospective contributor to a better society.
At Hamline University, ODK was formed from the Brooks-Osnes Leadership Honorary Society founded in 2004 at the 150th Anniversary of Hamline University.
The motives which guided the founders of ODK sprang from a desire to bring together in one body, for the general good of the institution, all leaders in the various phases of college activities. They were convinced that such an honor society, properly conducted, would offer maximum opportunities and experiences for the campus. It would also serve as a cooperative effort for more effective leadership and service in the purposes, interests, and needs of the institution, and for the maintenance and improvement of the unity and democracy of learning and citizenship responsibilities.
At Hamline University, the same motives of leadership and the betterment of society were instrumental in the founding of the Brooks-Osnes Society and then ODK. The Dean of Students Office serves in an advisory capacity for ODK and the Dean serves as Faculty Secretary. Each year an average of 30 new student members and 10 new faculty and staff are inducted into the Hamline circle.
Hamline's Circle at the Omicron Delta Kappa National Office
Visit the national Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society website.
The Phi Beta Kappa Society is the oldest honor society in the United States for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, the Society has played an important part in the intellectual history of the nation for more than two hundred years, and has counted among its members leading scholars, justices of the supreme court, business leaders and others. The Society publishes an academic journal, The American Scholar, which takes its name from the address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Harvard University on August 31, 1837.
The Minnesota Zeta Chapter was established at Hamline University in August of 1973.
Election to membership is an honor conferred in recognition of students’ personal qualifications, the breadth and depth of their academic work, and their scholarly achievement in the liberal arts and sciences.
Psi Chi is an international organization of professionals, scientists, faculty, students, and alumni whose mission is to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. Membership in Psi Chi is open to students who are majoring or minoring in psychology.
Advisor: Paula Mullineaux
Visit the national Psi Chi psychology honor society website.
Founded in 1994, Sigma Beta Delta recognizes outstanding scholarship by students enrolled in business and economics baccalaureate degree programs. Its purposes are to promote high scholarship in business and economics education and to recognize and award scholastic achievement.
Visit the national Sigma Beta Delta business honor society website.
A prestigious national Spanish honor society, Sigma Delta Pi elects outstanding students who demonstrate skills and interest in the language and culture of the Spanish-speaking world. The Hamline chapter of Sigma Delta Pi is Lambda Omicron. Every year ~10 Hamline seniors are initiated into this Honors Society.
Advisor: Maria Jesus Leal
Visit the national Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society website.
Whether or not you're pursuing University honors, strong students who plan to pursue postgraduate study should consider applying for fellowships and scholarships. Consult the list below, and contact email@example.com for more support.
Domestic study opportunities
- National Institute of Health
- National Science Foundation Fellowship
- Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship
- Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans
- Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship
- Udall Scholarship
Overseas study opportunities
Susie Steinbach, honors program director
Honors Student Executive Council