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Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society


Sigma Delta Pi, the National Spanish Honor Society, is a student organization in which Spanish majors who maintain a high scholastic standing are eligible for membership.

Sigma Delta Pi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, as well as the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese.

The USD chapter is named Eta Zeta.

Sigma Delta Pi crest

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 18 units in Spanish, at least three units of which focused on Hispanic literature or culture and civilization. Students may be admitted after completing 15 units as longs as they are currently enrolled in a 300- or 400- level course and the instructor certifies that the student’s work is of “A” or “B” quality.
  • Attainment of at least a 3.0 G.P.A in all Spanish courses taken.
  • The student must have completed at least 3 semesters of college work and rank in the upper 35% of her/his class (sophomore, junior, senior)

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 (