Awards & Honors

Honors Convocation 2015The 2015 Honors Convocation was held
Thursday, April 23, in Wynne Chapel.

The Departmental Honors Program is designed to challenge superior students in their final year of undergraduate study to use their disciplinary training to delve deeper into a topic of interest in the major. The program emphasizes independent investigation and culminates in completion of a bachelor’s thesis or special research project.

Fulbright Grants -- The Fulbright Program aims to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange.

Iota of Texas Chapter -- Phi Beta Kappa is the nation’s oldest, most prestigious undergraduate honors association. Austin College has had a PBK charter since March 30, 2001.

Other Honors

Honors at Commencement

Two top scholars in each graduating class receive special medals. The faculty selects these two individuals with no distinction between them. Students with an Austin College cumulative grade point average of 3.85 and above graduate summa cum laude; those with an average of 3.70 through 3.84 graduate magna cum laude; and those with an average of 3.50 through 3.69 graduate cum laude.

Dean’s List

The Dean’s List recognizes the top 20 percent of students taking a minimum of three graded, full-credit courses each fall and spring term based on the grade point average for that term.

Honor Societies

Alpha Chi: A national honorary society devoted to the promotion and recognition of scholarship and of those elements of character which make scholarship effective among the undergraduate students in the academic divisions of colleges and universities in the United States.
Alpha Psi Omega: A national honorary dramatic society for those doing a high standard of work in dramatics.
Beta Beta Beta: A national honor society for students in the biological sciences. Its purpose is threefold: stimulation of sound scholarship, dissemination of scientific knowledge, and promotion of biological research.
Delta Phi Alpha: A national honor society for junior and senior honor students who have excelled in their study of the German language.
Eta Sigma Phi: A national honorary society for junior and senior students of Latin and/or Greek.
Omicron Delta Epsilon: An international honor society for students in economics.
Phi Beta Kappa: A national honor society for students exhibiting excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
Phi Sigma Iota: A national honor society for students in foreign languages, including classics, linguistics, philosophy, and comparative literature. Junior and senior majors in these fields are honored for their outstanding achievement.
Pi Delta Phi: A national honor society for advanced students of the French language and literature.
Pi Gamma Mu: An international honor society in the social sciences and history for superior junior and senior students who have completed five courses in history, political science, sociology, anthropology, or economics.
Pi Sigma Alpha: A national honor society for political science and international relations students.
Psi Chi: A national honorary society for outstanding students in psychology. To be eligible for membership a student must rank in the top one-third of his or her class in general scholarship and must have demonstrated superior scholarship in psychology. A student must have taken experimental psychology.
Sigma Delta Pi: A national honor society for advanced students of Spanish literature and culture. The purpose of this organization is to foster a wider knowledge of and greater love for the Hispanic contributions to modern culture.
Sigma Pi Sigma: Within the framework of the Society of Physics Students, this honor society recognizes academic achievement in the area of physics. Membership is restricted to students who have demonstrated superior achievement in advanced courses.