Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Honors Program

Phi Sigma Iota Honor Society

for study in a Classical or Modern Foreign Language

Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society, was founded in 1922 at Allegheny College. The Beta Delta chapter was installed at Santa Clara University in 1982. The society recognizes remarkable ability and achievement in languages, literatures, and linguistics. It stimulates advanced work in these fields, fosters intercultural understanding, and promotes a spirit of amity between our own people and other peoples of the world.

Richard F. Rebello Phi Sigma Iota Award

Established in 1986 by the family of the late Richard Rebello, longtime University staff member, these awards are given by the Modern Languages Department to junior or senior language majors for outstanding accomplishments in the study of a foreign language and culture.

Minimum requirements for membership
in Phi Sigma Iota
(effective September 1, 2008):

  • Declared Major or Minor in a classical or modern foreign language
  • Junior or Senior status
  • Completion of four (4) upper division courses in a language by Winter quarter of nomination year
  • Minimum GPA of 3.50 in upper division courses in the language
  • Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be nominated by a faculty member of the language department (either Classics or Modern Languages)