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Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society

Crest of Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, is a student organization in which Spanish majors and minors who maintain a high scholastic standing are eligible for membership. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, as well as the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

The purposes of this society are:

  1. To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking people;
  2. To encourage university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture;
  3. To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech;
  4. To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

The USD chapter is named Eta Zeta.

Benefits of Membership | Membership Qualifications | Campus Contact

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. The Society's insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. Sigma Delta Pi's colors are red and gold, its flower is the red carnation, and its motto is the Greek phrase "Spanías Didagéi Proágomen" meaning "Let's go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language." The national headquarters is located at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

With the guidance of such notable Hispanists as S. Griswold Morley, Elijah C. Hills, Rudolph Schevill, Leavitt O. Wright, William Berrien, John D. Fitz-Gerald, Tomás Navarro Tomás, José Martel, Archer M. Huntington, John T. Reid, Stuart M. Gross, James O. Swain, F. Dewey Amner, Carl A. Tyre, T. Earle Hamilton, Dolores Brown, Richard E. Chandler, Ignacio R.M. Galbis, John H. LaPrade, Mark P. Del Mastro and Germán D. Carrillo, the Society has expanded its activities and now has over 590 chapters in 49 states.

Benefits of Membership:

Membership qualifications:

  • Completion of at least three years of college-level Spanish or the equivalent (SPAN 301 or 300), including a minimum of three credit hours of a third-year Hispanic literature or culture and civilization course (one or more of the following can be counted: SPAN 303, 304, and 302);

  • Attainment of at least a grade point average of at least 3.50 on a four-point scale in all college-level Spanish courses taken;

  • Attainment of at least a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on a four-point scale in all college-level work attempted;

  • Rank in the upper 35% of his/her class—sophomore, junior, or senior—and must have completed at least three semesters college work.

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

Campus Contact

For more information on how to join please contact Amanda Petersen, PhD (