Il est possible d'exceller dans une nouvelle langue! Avez-vous essayé? -- It is possible to excel in a new language! Have you tried?
According to their website, the organization was originally founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley in 1906, Pi Delta Phi is the oldest collegiate academic honor society for a modern foreign language in the United States. It continued as a local chapter, but members declared itself as the National French Honor Society in 1920.
The purpose of Pi Delta Phi is:
- To recognize outstanding scholarship to the French language literature
- To increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world
- To stimulate and to encourage French cultural activities
Their national website states that qualified applicants need not be a French language major, but must have excelled in an upper-level French class with a 3.0 standing along with an overall GPA of 3.0, and rank in the top 35% of his/her class. Graduate students must maintain a 3.5 GPA in order to qualify.
The organization states they saw a slow expansion early-on, but eventually saw a rise in popularity and membership after WWII. There are currently 380 chapters across the US with two in France. You can spot a Pi Delta Phi graduate by their red, white, and blue honor cords.
Below is an example of a product offered at Senior Class Graduation Products, though students are recommended they check with their chapters for specific purchasing information.
Are you a member of Pi Delta Phi? If so, toutes nos félicitations!