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Phi Sigma Iota

International Foreign Language
Honor Society

Member of the Association of College Honor Societies

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Phi Sigma Iota is the highest academic honor in the field of foreign languages. The Honor Society recognizes outstanding ability and achievement in the study of, or teaching of, any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also Classics, Linguistics, Philology, Comparative Literature, Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and other interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language component.

The most immediate and permanent benefit of Phi Sigma Iota membership is national recognition of the level of achievement it identifies.

Phi Sigma Iota promotes the principles of dedication, enthusiasm, and initiative at both the graduate and undergraduate level by encouraging leadership opportunities in Chapter development and scholarship awards. The importance of continuing linguistic development is emphasized in our programs, publications, member services, and community connections.

Phi Sigma Iota has initiated over 50,000 members since its founding in 1917, and provides

  • a national network of colleagues;
  • participation in a learning community to broaden horizons;
  • local and national leadership opportunities;
  • publication opportunities in the Society’s issues of The Forum and Chapter News;
  • scholarship opportunities.
Phi Sigma Iota is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies where there are additional opportunities for grants, scholarships, and preference for Federal Jobs - Entry at GS-7 level if all other requirements are met.

New members pay a national initiation fee which includes:

  • the first three years of national dues;
  • a certificate of membership suitable for framing;
  • a Phi Sigma Iota "Gold Pin;"
  • a wallet-size membership card.
Members are eligible
  • for all membership programs organized or sponsored by the Society;
  • to wear special graduation honors such as stoles, cords, and tassels;
  • apply for the scholarship programs offered by the Society;
  • to submit articles for publication in the Society's issues of The Forum and Chapter News.

Continuing Members pay an annual national membership fee of $20 to the international office to promote the goals of the Society, support scholarship activities, and provide for maintenance of the international organization.

Phi Sigma Iota maintains an International Headquarters at
The Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Allegheny College
Address Correspondence to:
Phi Sigma Iota
Roz Macken, Administrative Director
Allegheny College
520 North Main St., Box 30
Meadville, PA 16335-3902
Phone: 814.332.4886
Fax:814.337.4445
email: contact@phisigmaiota.org