The Dean’s List
The Dean’s List is published each semester. To be eligible for the Dean’s List, students must have achieved a quality point index of 3.5 the previous semester. They must have carried a minimum of 12 credit hours and earned no grade lower than C. Students involved in a student teaching experience in any given semester are not eligible for the Dean’s List that semester.
Part-Time Students Dean’s List
Part-time students may qualify for the Part-time Students Dean’s List if they have taken a minimum of 15 credits within an academic year exclusive of winter or summer sessions (e.g. 9 credits fall semester plus 6 credits spring semester), and if they achieve an overall quality point index of 3.5.
The New York Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi is a coeducational national honor society established to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college students and to honor those achieving such distinction. A general honor society, as contrasted with a specialized one, admits to membership students from all academic disciplines. Members are elected to this society in their junior or senior years from among the top ten percent of their classes.
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda is the national honor fraternity for students in continuing higher education. The fraternity is dedicated to the advancement of scholarship and recognizes the high scholastic achievement in an adult student’s career. Members are selected from matriculated p/t students who meet the standards & requirements identified in the national by-laws of Alpha Sigma Lambda.
Specialized Honor Societies
Alpha Epsilon Rho is the honor society for the National Broadcasting Society. Its membership is restricted to the “best of the best” found within the membership ranks of NBS. Its purpose is to enhance the development of college and university students involved in broadcasting, cable, telecommunications and other electronic media by promoting excellence and providing opportunities for ethical and responsible leadership.
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice society and is dedicated to the recognition of scholarly achievement in the field of criminal justice. The coeducational society is a member of the national Association of College Honor Societies and is officially designated as the national honor society by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. Alpha Phi Sigma rewards academic excellence among students pursuing undergraduate and graduate studies, as well as the Juris Doctor. Members are selected from criminal justice majors who earn a 3.2 average in their criminal justice classes and their coursework overall; who have sophomore (or higher) status; who have completed at least four courses in their major. Membership is by faculty recommendation.
Chi Alpha Sigma is the national scholar-athlete society honoring those collegiate student-athletes who have excelled in both the classroom and in athletic competition. Chi Alpha Sigma recognizes college students who receive a varsity letter in their sport while maintaining a 3.4 or higher cumulative GPA throughout their junior and senior years.
Delta Mu Delta is a national honor society established to recognize and reward superior scholastic achievement of students in business administration.
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in teacher education. Kappa Delta Pi aims to foster high standards of preparation for teaching and to invite into bonds of fellowship those who have attained excellence of scholarship and distinction of achievement as students and servants of education.
Kappa Mu Epsilon’s objective is to recognize outstanding achievement in mathematics at the undergraduate level and to develop an appreciation of mathematics. Members are selected from majors in the Natural Science and Mathematics Division who meet the requirements of the national society and are approved by the faculty of the division.
Phi Sigma Iota is an international foreign language honor society whose purpose is the recognition of outstanding ability and attainments in the study and teaching of foreign languages. It seeks the promotion of a cultural enrichment and a sentiment of international amity derived from the knowledge and use of foreign languages. Membership in Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages.
Pi Gamma Mu is an international honor society in the social sciences. The purpose of the society is to improve scholarship in the social sciences; to inspire social service to humanity by an intelligent approach to the solution of social problems; and to engender mutual understanding among individuals and institutions with differing opinions. The society sponsors public forums and social meetings, regional and inter-chapter meetings, and a program of graduate scholarships for social science students. Students qualify for eligibility for the society by having taken a minimum of 20 semester hours of social science with an average grade of B, and must be within the top 35% of their class.
Psi Chi is a national honor society in Psychology. Members are selected based on superior academic achievement in Psychology and the recommendation of the Psychology faculty. As well as promoting interest in the field of Psychology, Psi Chi promotes fellowship among student scholars.
Sigma Tau Delta is an International English Honor Society formed in 1924. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. All members of Sigma Tau Delta demonstrate consistent excellence in the study of the English language and of English and American Literature.
Honors at Graduation
Honors at graduation are awarded to students who have earned a minimum of 60 credits at St. Thomas Aquinas College, have not received a grade lower than a C, and whose cumulative quality point index meets the following standards: Summa Cum Laude: 3.80; Magna Cum Laude: 3.65; Cum Laude: 3.50.