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The Department of French and Italian at UMD is affiliated with Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society. Founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1906, Pi Delta Phi is the oldest national academic honor society for a foreign language in the United States. The aims of the Society are to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and Francophone literatures, to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world, and to encourage and to stimulate French and francophone cultural activities. There are currently more than 400 chapters and over 75,000 members across the United States.

In order to be eligible for nomination, undergraduate students must be sophomores, must have completed at least one semester of a 300-level or higher course in French, have a current minimum GPA of 3.0 in French 3.0 overall, and rank in the top 35% of their class. The eligibility requirements for graduate students are completion of 2 graduate courses in French (either here at UMD or in a program in which you were formerly enrolled), and minimum 3.5 GPA in graduate coursework. National dues for a lifetime membership are also required. As of September 1, 2019, the fee for a premium membership is $45.00, for which students receive the Pi Delta Phi pin, certificate, and one set of graduation honor cords in blue, white and red.

Regular members of Pi Delta Phi are eligible to apply for several generous scholarships for summer study in France and Québec. The annual awards are designed to enable undergraduate regular members of an active chapter to continue their studies of the French language and of the literatures and cultures of the French-speaking world.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Pi Delta Phi Faculty Moderator, Dr. Mercédès Baillargeon (baillarg@umd.edu) or the Undergraduate Advisor, Dr. Erica Cefalo (emcefalo@umd.edu).

For more information, please consult Pi Delta Phi’s website