Sigma Delta Pi

About Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi is the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and uni­versities. Sigma Delta Pi is not only the largest foreign-language honor society in existence (with over 150,000 members), it is among the elite as attested by its membership since 1966 in the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honora­ria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berke­ley.  Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón.  The Society's colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation.

Sigma Delta Pi offers a growing scholarship program exclusively for its active members, with annual undergraduate awards for summer study in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. The chapter will also nominate one student per year for the Gabriela Mistral Award, a signal honor for an especially outstanding student.

Sigma Delta Pi chapter Beta Omega Initiation Ceremony took place on Wednesday, May 2, and was a real success.  The five newest members are: Brianna Meyer, Christy Lindberg, Rachel Stollman,  Zach Otero,  Charlie Nosal and the newest honorary member is Prof. Javier Garcia-Liendo.


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Do you have questions or an interest in being a part of Sigma Delta Pi? Our President, Juan Manuel Ramírez Velázquez, is here to help. Please don't hesitate to be in touch...

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Membership Options

Active Membership

Active membership shall be limited to college students who have demonstrated high scholarship in general and excellence in the academic study of Spanish. Specifically, they must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
  2. The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
  3. The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.  (For institutions where class rank is not recorded, a 3.2 cumulative GPR should be used as the criterion).
  4. Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.
  5. Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability

Alumni Membership

This category shall be composed solely of active members who have been graduated or for other reasons have left college. If alumnus members re-enroll either as undergraduate or as graduate students they shall revert to active membership. Alumnus members are welcome at all chapter meetings, but they shall not have the right to vote on matters brought before the chapter nor can they hold office in the chapter

Honorary Membership

Persons who are obviously interested in, and supportive of, things Hispanic may be elected to this category of membership. Members of the college Spanish teaching staff and other faculty members or college administrative officials notably devoted to the goals and ideals of Sigma Delta Pi and who have supported the work of the chapter are generally initiated as honorary members. Outstanding high-school or community-college teachers of Spanish may be granted honorary membership. This class is not open to students, graduate or undergraduate. For honorary and all other types of members, the national initiation fee must be paid and the membership certificate and insignia presented during the initiation ceremony.