Honor Society

What is Delta Phi Alpha?

Delta Phi Alpha is the German National Honor Society. Founded in 1929, it currently has 277 chapters across the United States. Delta Phi Alpha’s purpose is to promote the study of German language, literature, and culture by recognizing outstanding work by students in this field and incentivizing further study through scholarships.

Lambda Tau is the name of the Delta Phi Alpha chapter at UWM. Since its founding in 2005, many UWM German students have become members.

Membership in the honor society is lifelong and all members of Delta Phi Alpha are eligible for scholarships to study abroad, teach German, or pursue a graduate degree in German.

For general as well as scholarship information, visit http://deltaphialpha.org/.


You do not need to be a German major or even minor to join Delta Phi Alpha. Instead, all new members must satisfy the following requirements:

  • A minimum of two years of college or university German or their equivalent
  • A minimum average of B+ (3.3GPA) or its equivalent in German courses
  • A minimum cumulative average of B- (2.7GPA) or its equivalent
  • Indication of continued interest in the study of German language and literature

How to Apply

To become a lifetime member, you must pay a one-time membership fee of $25. You will receive a certificate of membership (an Ukunde) and a pin. For an additional fee of $10, you may also purchase an honor cord to wear at commencement.

The application deadline is usually March 1.

The initiation ceremony takes place and May.

Application forms are available in Curtin Hall 896 and can be returned to the Delta Phi Alpha faculty advisor.

For more information, contact faculty advisor Jonathan Wipplinger, wippling@uwm.edu.

2017 Delta Phi Alpha Inductees with Faculty Advisor Jonathan Wipplinger