University Honors Program

NIU Honor Societies

This list, while not exhaustive, seeks to feature all active honor societies on the NIU campus. If your honor society is not listed or the information has changed, please contact us at We will be happy to make adjustments. This list is simply designed to be a helpful guide to University Honors students and others on campus.

Check out our FAQ's about the differences between an Honor Society, Departmental Honors, and the University Honors Program. 


Name: Adela de la Torre Latino Honor SocietyADLT

Mission: To recognize and achieve excellence amongst Latinos through scholarship,
to promote leadership in students, and to help render service through a unified effort.

Category: Latino/Latina



Name: Alpha Kappa Delta: International Sociology Honor SocietyAKD

Mission: A non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated
to the ideal of investigating humanity for the purpose of service.

Category: Sociology



Name: Alpha Pi Mu: Industrial Engineering Honor Society APM

Mission: To confer recognition upon the student of industrial engineering who has
shown exceptional academic interests and abilities in his/her field.

Category: Industrial Engineering



Name: Beta Alpha Psi BAP

Mission: To promote the study and practice of accounting, finance and information systems.

Category: Accountancy



Name: Chi Alpha Epsilon: National Honor Society CAE

Mission: To promote continued high academic standards, to foster increased
communication among its members, and to honor academic excellence
achieved by those students admitted to college through developmental programs. 

Category: CHANCE Program



Name: Eta Sigma Gamma ESG

Mission: To elevate the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of professionally
trained men and women in the Health Science discipline.

Category: Health Education and Public Health



Name: Golden Key International Honour SocietyGK

Mission: To unlock the potential of each member by upholding standards of
excellence in academics, leadership, and service.

Category: International academic, leadership, and service Honour society.



Name: Honors Student Association

Mission: To build a stronger community among honors students while giving back
to NIU, DeKalb, and the surrounding area.

Category: University Honors Program



Name: John Henrik Clarke Honor Society JHC

Mission: To encourage academic success among African American students and

empower the community through service work and mentoring.

Category: African American/Black



Name: Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society KON

Mission: To empower leaders through scholarship, research, and leadership.

Category: Human Sciences



Name: Lambda Pi Eta COMS Honor Society LPE

Mission: To recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in
communication studies.

Category: Communication



Name: Lambda Sigma Sophomore Honor Society LSSHS

         (Lambda Sigma National Honor Society) 

Mission: To foster leadership, scholarship, fellowship, and the spirit of service among
college students.

Category: Sophomore Honors students



Name: Mortar Board Senior Honor Society MB

         (Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society)

Mission: To advance a spirit of leadership, service, and fellowship to further
high scholastic achievement.

Category: Senior Honors students



Name: National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) NSCS

Mission: NSCS is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and offers nearly half a million dollars in scholarships annually.

Category: Top 20% of students



Name: Order of Omega  OOO

Mission: To recognize fraternity men and women who have attained a high
standard of leadership in interfraternity activities.

Category: Greek Life



Name: Phi Alpha Theta: National History Honor Society PAT

Mission: To promote the study of history through the encouragement of research,
good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians.

Category: History



Name: Phi Beta Delta: Honor Society for International Scholars PBD

Mission: To recognize and encourage achievements in the areas of international

educational and exchange.

Category: International Education



Name: Phi Kappa PhiPKP

Mission: To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher
education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

Category: Undergraduates with a minimum of 24 credit hours



Name: Phi Sigma: Biological Sciences Honor Society PSB

Mission: To recognize academic excellence and achievements, serves to further
develop interests, knowledge, and opportunities in biological sciences.

Category: Biological Sciences



Name: Pi Sigma Alpha: National Political Science Honor Society PSA

Mission: To recognize academic achievement among NIU undergraduate
Political Science major students.

Category: Political Science



Name: Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology PC

Mission: To encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and advance
the science of psychology.

Category: Psychology



Name: Sigma Iota Epsilon: The National Honorary and Professional Management FraternityPC

Mission: To encourage and recognize scholastic excellence while promoting cooperation
between the academic and practical aspects of management.

Category: Business



Name: Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society STD

Mission: To confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature
in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.

Category: English



Name: Sigma Theta Tau International: Honor Society of Nursing STT

Mission: To create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge,
 scholarship, service and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

Category: Nursing



Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an Honor Society, Departmental Honors, and the University Honors Program?

An Honor Society is a student organization at a college, university, or secondary school that admits members based on academic merit and notable contributions to society.

Departmental Honors is offered by your major department and allows you to earn your degree with Departmental Honors listed on your transcript.  This will focus on courses related to your major, especially in your junior and senior year.  For more information on the Departmental Honors Program in your major, please refer to your major department.    

The University Honors Program is a university wide program that offers three options, Lower Division Honors, Upper Division Honors, and University Honors.  Each option is has different requirements associated with courses and projects and graduates from each program receive distinction on their degree from NIU.  In addition, University Honors students enjoy benefits including the ability to live in the Honors House, the ability to apply for selected scholarships and fellowships, and the ability to utilize priority registration.

If I am in an Honor Society, does that mean I am in the University Honors Program?

No.  Students wishing to be a part of the University Honors Program must fill out an application and must be enrolled in Honors classes.

If I am in the University Honors Program, does that mean I will graduate with Departmental Honors too?

No.  Different departments have different requirements of their Departmental Honors students.  However, usually there are many requirements that overlap between University and Departmental Honors requirements, so often students find that if they are enrolled in University Honors that the Departmental Honors requirements are quite manageable to complete.

Return to the top of the Honor Society list.