Honor Society

Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is a national honor society open to distinguished students and scholars "who have realized accomplishments in either the linguistics or the literature of the English language." The society creates opportunities for "furthering cultural stimulation, for formulating ethical principles, for developing skills in creative and critical writing, and for fostering a spirit of fellowship."

In 1980 Manhattan College applied for membership, and in 1981 the Beta Pi chapter was created, under the guidance of Dr. George Freije. During its brief history, Beta Pi has sponsored faculty-student symposia and literary publications, including The Humanist, Manhattan Magazine, and English Department newsletter, Free Verse. In recent years, the society has held fiction and poetry readings, invited guest speakers to campus, attended off-Broadway dramatic productions, and held an annual High School Poetry Invitational.

Each semester, the English department and Sigma Tau Delta host a picnic for all English majors and minors.

The national requirements for active undergraduate membership are:

  • Declared a major or minor in English.
  • Completed at least three semesters of college work.
  • Completed a minimum of two college courses in literature in addition to the usual requirements in freshman English.
  • Earned at least a B average in English.
  • Achieved a rank in the highest 35% of their class in general scholarship.

For more Information, contact:
Dr. Heidi Laudien, moderator