Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society

The largest second-language honor society in the world, Sigma Delta Pi recognizes outstanding collegiate students of Spanish with a variety of honors, including a substantial number of scholarships and grants available exclusively to members.

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, 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. Today, the Society has expanded its activities and now has over 500 chapters at most universities in the United States.


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. Completion of eighteen semester credit hours in Spanish 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.

Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.


All members must initiate at the annual induction ceremony and dinner held each spring semester. Students who cannot attend the inductions must postpone their induction until the next year. A one-time fee of $60 covers National dues, the induction ceremony and dinner and a membership pin.