Chartered May 18, 1988
Installed November 3, 1988
PHI SIGMA IOTA is an honor society whose members are elected
from among outstanding advanced (juniors and seniors)
under-graduate and graduate students of foreign languages and
literatures including Classic, Comparative Literature,
Philology, Bilingual Education, and Applied Linguistics, as well
as faculties of the institutions honored with a Chapter. Its
primary objectives are the recognition of remarkable ability and
attainments in languages and literatures, the stimulation of
advanced work and individual research in this field, and the
promotion of a sentiment of amity between our nation and the
nations using these languages. By offering membership to
undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty, PHI SIGMA IOTA
tries to promote good feelings, high ideals, and stimulating
relationships. It recognizes attainment and encourages
individual efforts by granting annual scholarships, and other
PHI SIGMA IOTA honors undergraduate students with at least a B average in the entire college work as well as in all courses in languages, and graduate students with at least a B+ average.
Members are urged to promote the aims of our Society and to attend, while studying at this Chapter’s Institution, the meetings organized by the Chapter. The Chapter makes all possible efforts to offer programs of high cultural interest to its members.
PHI SIGMA IOTA is an international honor society, the first in the field of foreign languages to be elected member, in 1949, of the U.S.A. Association of College Honor Societies. It is not to be confused with the Greek-letter social fraternities or sororities, nor with the professional, or department fraternities and honor societies in the different colleges. In no way does it interfere or compete with these. Its membership is open to both men and women. Election to PHI SIGMA IOTA is considered the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages and literatures.
The PHI SIGMA IOTA Honor Society was founded in 1922 at Allegheny College by Dr. Henry W. Church. Chapters are distributed throughout the United States and the World.