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San Diego State University

Honors Council

Pi Delta Phi

Pi Delta Phi


PI DELTA PHI is the French National Honor Society, founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley in 1906. After 20 years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the national French honor society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925. Epsilon Zeta, the San Diego State chapter, was chartered in 1967. The purpose of the society is to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures; to increase knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; and to stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

Eligibility for regular membership includes a 3.25 GPA in at least 5 French courses, one of which must be literature. Students should rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Graduate students who are candidates for an advanced degree in French are also eligible for regular membership. The chapter sponsors visiting lectures, the annual French play and Francophone film festivals, among other social and cultural activities. 

The faculty adviser is Professor Grace Chang, Department of European Studies,

For more information, please visit the chapter website at or the national website at