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Phi Sigma Iota is a membership society with Active Members and Honorary
Members as set forth below. Membership in the Society
is open to qualified candidates including persons with disability, without
regard to age, color, gender, national origin, race, religion, and/or
sexual orientation. New members are recruited by invitation only from
established Phi Sigma Iota chapters.
Members shall meet the following minimum criteria for membership. Any chapter,
at its discretion, may establish higher, more rigorous academic criteria.:
Active Members. Collegiate or professional members who pay annual
national dues shall be active members of the Society.
Members. At the time of initiation, Collegiate members shall be
students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs and pursuing
a curriculum with a major/minor in:
• Foreign Languages, including Classics
• Comparative Literature
• Foreign Language
• Second Language Acquisition
interdisciplinary programs with a significant foreign language
Undergraduate students shall be enrolled in the institution represented
by the chapter, have completed at least one course in a foreign
language at the third-year level or its equivalent (fifth semester or
seventh quarter), have completed 45 semester hours or its equivalent,
have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in
the top 35% of their class. If the institution does not calculate class
rank, advisors must either make the calculations, or use a minimum GPA
of 3.3 on an 4.0 scale as eligibility criteria.
b. Graduate students shall be enrolled in a graduate program in one
of the aforementioned programs, have attained a high degree of
competence in at least one foreign language, have completed 12
semester hours of graduate work or equivalent, and have a minimum
grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
- Professional Members.
Alumni of collegiate chapters shall be professional members. Others
meeting the following criteria may be elected to professional membership:
have made a distinctive contribution to the profession and (a)
earned one or more degrees in foreign language and ranked within
the top 35% of the class as undergraduates or 3.5 as graduate students
and not been previously initiated into the Society, (b) earned
one or more degrees qualifying them to work in the field and rank
in the top 35% as undergraduates or 3.5 as graduate students, or
(c) faculty of the university, after one academic year of teaching
in that institution and having shown remarkable ability in their
field as well as demonstrating support of the ideals of the Society
- Honorary Members. Honorary members shall be persons
outside the field, excluding those who are employed in the field, who
have made distinctive scholarly and research contributions to the study,
use, or promotion of foreign languages and the ideals of the Society.