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Alpha Chi

Missouri Epsilon chapter of the national honor society for four-year colleges and universities. It selects its members from junior and senior day students of good character who rank in the top 10 percent of their class based on cumulative GPA, have earned at least 24 credit hours at Columbia College and are enrolled for coursework at the time of eligibility.

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Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international sociology honor society. Membership is limited to sociology majors who have maintained high academic achievement in both their sociology coursework as well as their coursework overall, and must maintain 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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Alpha Lambda Delta

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national scholastic society that recognizes superior scholastic achievements by freshmen students during their first year at Columbia College. It selects its members from students who rank in the top 20 percent of their class during their first term, have a 3.5 GPA and are enrolled full time pursuing a baccalaureate degree at an institution with an active Alpha Lambda Delta chapter at the time of eligibility.

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Alpha Phi Sigma

A national honor society for students in criminal justice administration and forensic science. Members must rank in the top 35 percent of their class, have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum, maintain a 3.2 GPA in their criminal justice courses, as well as maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

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Alpha Sigma Lambda

Alpha Sigma Lambda is an adult honor society for degree seeking students who attend classes through our online program or one of our nationwide locations. ASL provides a means of recognition for the special achievements of adults who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of home and work. The criteria for membership is completion of at least 24 hours of coursework with Columbia College, be in the top 20 percent of students in their class, and have a minimum 3.20 GPA. The student must also be degree seeking with Columbia College. Columbia College offers two chapters, Nu Lambda chapter for students who attend or receive service solely through our online program, and Omega Zeta chapter for students who attend a nationwide location.

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Honor Student Association (HSA)

The purpose of HSA is to provide an affinity group for students active in the Columbia College Honors Program (CCHP), with social, academic and service opportunities available. The motto of HSA is Honorari et honesta (“Honored and honorable”).

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Kappa Delta Pi

A national education honor society with membership limited to the top 10 percent of undergraduate and graduate education majors with the required cumulative GPA. The organization encourages excellence in scholarship, personal standards and teacher preparation. Once elected to this society, membership is renewable for life.
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Kappa Mu Epsilon

A national honor society in mathematics. Membership is open to students who rank in the upper 35 percent of their class, have completed at least three semesters of college work and completed at least three courses in mathematics, including at least one semester of calculus, and attained an average of B or better in all mathematics courses.

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Lambda Pi Eta

A national honor society for students in speech communication. Eligibility for membership requires completion of 60 semester hours, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, completed 12 semester hours in communication studies and have at least a 3.25 GPA for all communication studies courses.

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Phi Alpha Theta

Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society, which promotes the study of history through encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning among historians. Eligibility for membership is based upon a minimum GPA of at least 3.1 in 12 or more hours of history credits, and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA overall.
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Pi Sigma Alpha

A national honor society for students in political science. Its purpose is to stimulate scholarship and interest in political science by recognizing students who have excelled in the field. Eligibility for membership requires a minimum completion of 10 semester hours of political science courses with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and rank in the upper third of their class.

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Psi Chi

Psi Chi encourages, stimulates and maintains excellence in scholarship of the individual members in psychology and advances the science of psychology. Membership is open to day students majoring or minoring in psychology at Columbia College who have completed three semesters of college, nine semester hours of psychology, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their general studies and psychology courses.

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SALUTE Veterans Honor Society

SALUTE Veterans Honor Society recognizes the academic success of student veterans at Columbia College. Collegiate members shall be students enrolled in an undergraduate program at the time of initiation, have been honorably discharged from the armed services, or provide proof of current duty station. Members must also have completed 12 semester hours or its equivalent of one semester, have junior standing, and have a minimum 3.0 grade point average.

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Sigma Beta Delta

Sigma Beta Delta is an international honor society in business, management, and administration. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of their location, pursuing a business degree with Columbia College. The criteria for undergraduate membership is completion of 60 hours of coursework with at least 30 hours from Columbia College and be in the top 20 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.25. The criteria for graduate membership is completion of 15 hours of coursework and be in the top 20 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

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Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society. Active membership is limited to English majors and minors, with a B or higher average in English classes (beyond composition), who rank in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship and who have completed at least three semesters of college work. Associate membership is open to students with the requisite academic background who are not majoring or minoring in English.

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Sigma Zeta

A national honor society primarily for science students. Membership is open to students who have earned at least 15 hours of science and mathematics courses with at least a 3.0 GPA and whose other grades are satisfactory.

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Tau Upsilon Alpha

Tau Upsilon Alpha is a national organization for human services. The purpose of this honor society is to honor academic excellence, to promote excellence in service to humanity, and to foster lifelong learning, leadership and development. Membership is based upon a minimum of 3.25 GPA, and members must be in the upper 35 percent of their class, have completed 12 hours of Human Services courses at Columbia College, and have a minimum of 52 total semester hours.

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Upsilon Pi Epsilon

A national honor society in computer and information sciences. Membership is limited to students who have completed at least 64 semester hours including CISS 350 or equivalent, have a GPA of at least 3.5 in computer science or computer information systems and rank in the upper third of all students in the major.

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