Honors Program Overviews
In addition to the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa, Muhlenberg has several active chapters of nationally recognized Honor Societies to distinguish those students who have demonstrated high scholarship and leadership within a field of study.
|Name||Field of Study|
|Delta Phi Alpha||German|
|Omicron Delta Epsilon||Economics|
|Omicron Delta Kappa||Leadership|
|Order of Omega||Greek|
|Phi Alpha Theta||History||Phi Sigma Iota||Romance Languages|
|Phi Sigma Tau||Philosophy|
|Pi Mu Epsilon||Mathematics|
|Pi Sigma Alpha||Political Science|
The Dana Associates Program of Muhlenberg College provides a four-year experience for outstanding students. As applications for admission are received by the College, exceptional applicants are identified and invited to submit a separate Dana application.
Invitees typically are near the top of their high school class, score 1350 (Critical Reading and Math) or greater on the Scholastic Aptitude Test, and, equally important, exhibit distinctive creativity, versatility, and intellectual curiosity.
The Muhlenberg Scholars Program is designed to nurture talented students by providing a rich and stimulating environment in which they can realize their true potential. It seeks to foster creativity, independence and self-realization by bringing together faculty and students committed to the highest ideals of a liberal education. Through innovative course offerings, unique co-curricular programs and close student/faculty interaction, it strives to create a community of inquiry where the free exchange of ideas leads to new insights into one's self and one's world.
Scholars courses are small, interdisciplinary, discussion-oriented courses in which the student is encouraged to grapple creatively with problems at the forefront of current research. The emphasis is on original source materials rather than textbooks. The goal is to create a community of inquiry where professor and student reason together about topics of current interest.
Outstanding first-year students are invited to join the Scholars Program when they are admitted to the College. These individuals will normally have Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of 1350 (Critical Reading and Math) or greater, have graduated in the top 10th of their high school class, and have significant extracurricular accomplishments.
Established in 1776 at the College of William and Mary, Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most prestigious of honorary societies in America. This distinguished fellowship of scholars is devoted to intellectual pursuits in the liberal arts and sciences. Muhlenberg College was granted a charter from the national organization in 1967.
The chapter is maintained by Muhlenberg faculty who are also members of Phi Beta Kappa. Current Muhlenberg seniors are elected by the faculty and initiated into the society each year. The criteria for membership are strict and have been developed on the basis of national Phi Beta Kappa guidelines. Eligibility guidelines include attention to a student's grade point average, the coursework completed while at Muhlenberg, class standing and recommendations from faculty members. Students who meet the eligibility requirements will receive a letter of invitation from our chapter sometime during their senior year.
The RJ Fellows Program is an honors community established at Muhlenberg College with support from the Scheller Family Foundation to foster and strengthen the decision-making and leadership competencies of liberal arts students whose intellectual curiosity is matched by a commitment to ethical change.
Outstanding applicants to Muhlenberg College who exhibit these qualities in their applications are invited to join the RJ Fellows Program. As well as being among the top graduates of their high school class with Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of 1350 or higher (Critical Reading and Math), individuals invited to participate in the RJ Fellows community demonstrate a passion for leadership and change in their academic and extracurricular achievements, including community service.