College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Spanish Honor Society

Spanish Honor Society

Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society in Spanish - Omicron Zeta Chapter

Sigma Delta Pi is an organization that recognizes excellence in the study of the Spanish language, civilization and literature. There are over 500 chapters of Sigma Delta Pi in colleges and universities throughout the country.

The Mission of Sigma Delta Pi
  • To honor those who seek and attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and the culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples.

  • To honor those who have made Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world.

  • To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in, and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture.

  • To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech.

  • To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

History of Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispanica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley.

Sigma Delta Pi, a national honor society in Spanish, accepts applications from potential members each fall and spring.  Members are currently enrolled students who are inducted during a semester in which they are registered and meet other qualifications as described below.  The organization honors those who demonstrate a love of Hispanic studies and outstanding academic achievement in that field.


Membership Requirements and Application

Membership is open to juniors and seniors having a 3.00 grade point average or better in Spanish classes and who have taken at least six upper division hours of literature, culture, or linguistics in Spanish.  They must also have a 2.75 or better overall grade point average.  Further, membership is open to graduate students who have a 3.00 grade point average or better and who either meet the criteria above or who have completed six hours of graduate study in Spanish successfully.

If you meet these qualifications, we hope that you will apply and join us for the initiation ceremony to be held in the current semester, normally in November or April.  In addition to the initiation and reception, the group sometimes decides to participate in general university activities (Fiesta UTSA, special lectures, walkathons, etc.) and/or special events in Hispanic culture in the community.  At the April event, there is election of officers.

If you are interested in Sigma Delta Pi and feel that you qualify, please fill out the application and e-mail it to the faculty advisor, Mrs. Gilberta H.Turner, at or drop off the form for office of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  Please enclose a copy of your current grade record from Banner to verify your qualifications, and be sure that you have included your e-mail on the form so you can be notified of the date, time, and place of the ceremony. You may bring guests to the ceremony, but you must so indicate on the form so that we can plan accordingly.  The form and dues ($30) must be submitted two weeks or more before the ceremony, as pins and certificates must be ordered for each candidate a minimum of two weeks ahead of time.  Please make any checks out to Sigma Delta Pi. 

We hope to see you as part of Sigma Delta Pi.  Membership is an important honor, one that will indicate to you, your friends, your family, your employer(s), and those who consider you for advanced studies that you have significant achievement in Spanish languages and culture.  It goes without saying that we want to see you honored for these accomplishments during your studies.  Please consider us.


Member Benefits

  • Association with the only honor society devoted exclusively to students of Spanish in four-year colleges and universities, the largest foreign-language honor society in existence (over 150,000 members) and one of the elite as attested by its membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

  • Exclusive access to Sigma Delta Pi's growing scholarship program comprising annual undergraduate awards (30 to be granted for 2010) for summer study in Spain, Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia (locations subject to change) and research grants for graduate students.​

  • ​Bolstered credentials for any professional field, including business. For example, see the Qualifications Standards for ​​General Schedule Positions at the website of the United States Office of Personnel Management.

  • Free and exclusive career services through Experience, Inc. via

  • ​Eligibility for the Gabriela Mistral Award, a signal honor available to one outstanding member per chapter annually.

  • ​Leadership opportunities through election to chapter offices and the direction of various chapter projects (see handbook for ideas) that may lead to such national distinctions as the Honor Chapter award, the Premio Ignacio y Sophie Galbis and the Premio Frida Kahlo.

  • An enhanced résumé afforded by serving as an active chapter officer: organizational leadership and initiative are attractive qualities to prospective employers.

  • ​Supportive network of regional and national officers to provide guidance for chapter activities and Society-related issues.

  • ​Possibilities to recognize outstanding faculty of Hispanic Studies or members of one's local community who have made exceptional efforts in furthering Sigma Delta Pi's mission.​

  • Closer association with students of similar interests and out-of-class interaction with members of faculty.

  • ​Opportunities to participate in Sigma Delta Pi's annual informative session, held in conjunction with the Kentucky Foreign    ​

  • Language Conference, and the triennial convention, held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the AATSP


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