French Honor Society

What is Pi Delta Phi?

Pi Delta Phi, the National French Honor Society, was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906 and became a national society in 1925. At present, it numbers more than 300 chapters established at representative public and private universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence. The Society was admitted to membership in the Association of Honor Societies in 1967.

Mu Gamma is the name of the Pi Delta Phi chapter at UWM. Since the founding of the chapter in 1996, over forty outstanding students of French have become members.

What is the Purpose of Pi Delta Phi?

The purpose of the society is...

  • to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures;
  • to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world
  • to stimulate and encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

What are the advantages of membership?

As a member of Pi Delta Phi, you ...

  • become part of a vibrant community united by appreciation of francophone cultures
  • enhance your academic achievements by belonging to a national honor society
  • enhance your professional portfolio by highlighting your excellence in French
  • become eligible to apply for Pi Delta Phi sponsored scholarships.

For scholarship information, go to

How do I become a member?

To become a member, you do not have to be a French major or minor. Graduates and undergraduates are eligible for membership in recognition of academic achievement. You may apply for membership if you have taken or are enrolled in...

  • at least one semester of upper division French (Upper division French at UWM includes courses numbered 350 and above)
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in French and 2.8 overall.

What are the dues?

To become a lifetime member, you must pay a one-time membership fee of $20. This is sent to the Pi Delta Phi national office, which provides you with a certificate, a pin, and a membership card. Your name will be added to the national Pi Delta Phi roster.

When do I apply?

The application deadline is usually October 15.
The initiation ceremony takes place on the second Sunday in December.
Application forms are available in Curtin 772, or can be download as a PDF (Pi Delta Phi Application (pdf 5kb).

Return them to the Pi Delta Phi faculty moderator, Gabrielle Verdier.

For more information, contact

Vive le français! et à bientôt!