Student Societies & Clubs
Phi Sigma Tau
The International Honor Society in Philosophy
Phi Sigma Tau, like any honor society, provides not just recognition of academic excellence, but also a means for furthering scholarship and academic communications. Achievement, like mediocrity, is its own reward. College honor societies are not social clubs or keys to instant success - they are people who share a commonality of interests, anxious to further and support scholarship, ethics, and professional standards in their own areas. Phi Sigma Tau can also provide recognition for past accomplishments in philosophy, a continuation of members’ philosophical education following graduation, and even perhaps assistance of information in making subsequent career choices.
Phi Sigma Tau was founded at Muhlenberg College in 1930 as Alpha Kappa Alpha with chapters at colleges in Maryland and Pennsylvania. It remained in this regional status until October of 1955, when it was incorporated as Phi Sigma Tau, a National Honor Society in Philosophy. Its essential purpose was, and is, to promote ties among philosophy departments in accredited institutions and students in philosophy nationally. Both on the local and national levels, Phi Sigma Tau considers its organization as instrumental: a means for developing and honoring academic excellence as well as philosophical interest. In addition to providing a means of awarding distinction to students having high scholarship and interest in philosophy, the Society also promotes interest in philosophy among the general collegiate public. The Merrimack College (Massachusetts Theta) Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau was activated in 2004.
Students qualify for membership in Phi Sigma Tau if they meet the following requirements:
Completed at least two courses in philosophy
Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all philosophy courses
Maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monica Cowart, firstname.lastname@example.org
Phi Sigma Tau Induction Ceremony
Briana Reid was inducted into the Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society on May 7, 2014. With her are Roger McCormack, President of Phi Sigma Tau and winner of the Philosophy Department’s John Warren Award, and Professor Arthur Ledoux, Philosophy Department Chairman
A Place of Discipline, Distinction and Discussion
The Philosophy Club organizes philosophical discussions, debates, and Philosophy and Film events. To become involved and to find out about our events, please join the Facebook page, and please contact the Philosophy Club Presidents, Briana Reid and Frederick “Derick” Stoker.
Phi Sigma Tau Students Attend Journal Launch
After the spring induction of new members, students of Phi Sigma Tau attended a launch party at the Merrimack Club for HOPOS: The Journal of the International Society for the History of Philosophy of Science, which is published by the University of Chicago Press. Editorial Assistant, Jon Ravenelle, is second from the left.