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Honors College

Pi Delta Phi (for French students)

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906 and became a national society in 1925. At present, it numbers more than 300 chapters nationwide, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The Society was admitted to membership in the Association of Honor Societies in 1967.

Mu Gamma is the name of the Pi Delta Phi chapter at UWM. Since the founding of the chapter in 1996, over forty outstanding students of French have become members.

The purpose of the society is…

  • to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures;
  • to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world
  • to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

As a member of Pi Delta Phi, you…

  • become part of a vibrant community united by appreciation of francophone cultures
  • enhance your academic achievements by belonging to a national honor society
  • enhance your professional portfolio by highlighting your excellence in French
  • become eligible to apply for Pi Delta Phi sponsored scholarships.


Membership is open to any student who has taken at least one French course numbered 350 or higher and who has a minimum 3.0 GPA in French coursework and overall coursework. Students do not have to be a full French major or minor to qualify for membership.

There is a one-time membership fee of $35, and the Pi Delta Phi national office will provide you with a certificate and a pin. Your name will be added to the national Pi Delta Phi roster, and you may also purchase ($15) a cord to wear at commencement.


Application deadlines are usually October 15 and March 15. For more information or an application form, contact 

Vive le français! et à bientôt! 

Dean’s Honor List

Students with a major in the College of Letters & Science majors who earn a GPA of 3.750 or above in any semester where 12 or more graded credits are earned will be placed on the Dean’s Honors List for that semester.

Phi Beta Kappa

Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest honor society. Membership is by invitation only. Just ten percent of U.S. universities have Phi Beta Kappa chapters, and within the UW System, only Milwaukee and Madison have chapters.

Membership criteria include the completion of a broad range of liberal arts coursework spanning the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, and languages; and academic achievement with a minimum GPA in these classes of 3.850 for juniors or 3.750 for seniors.

Phi Kappa Phi

Phi Kappa Phi is also recognized as one of the nation’s premier academic honor societies. Membership is by invitation only and is based on class rank — top 7.5% for juniors or top 10% for seniors. All majors are eligible.

Graduation Honors

Undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.500 or above, based on a minimum of 40 graded UWM credits earned prior to the final semester will receive all-university commencement honors and will be awarded the traditional gold cord at the commencement honors convocation.