Who We Are – Sigma Delta Pi

The National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley. Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. The Society’s colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation.

Chi Chapter History

Founded January 30, 1931 the University of South Carolina’s Chi Chapter of Sigma Delta Pi has held a long standing role in being an ambassador for the University’s Spanish Department and has recently expanded to hold numerous Hispanic language, literature, and culture events open to the entire student body and Columbia community. Members are eligible for several scholarship opportunities and help sponsor events which encourage all students to develop an interest in and actively engage in Hispanic culture.  Our members also serve as tutors, engage in community service, and take an active role in promoting the study of Spanish language and Hispanic culture.  The chapter’s banner events include also the “Taste of Latin” (closing event of Hispanic Heritage Month), Spanish Career Night, and the prestigious High School Spanish Achievement Award Program.

In addition to being the University’s only Spanish Honor Society, our chapter serves as the constitutional parent organization to the Gamecock Spanish Club which is ideal for students who do not yet meet the requirements for membership in the Honor society.  The Chi Chapter also boasts the nation’s first Sigma Delta Pi Alumnus Chapter since 1956, Los Paladines.

Awards and Recognition

The chapter recently garnered recognition from the national office of Sigma Delta Pi as a 2011-2012 Top 5 National Honor Chapter and the inaugural recipient of the society’s Phoenix Award.  In January of 2013, the chapter was awarded the national Frida Kahlo award for having the best website of all active chapters. Capítulo Chi has also had a great deal of individual award winners with numerous study abroad scholarship recipients as well as former Chapter Presidents Vessi Radieva and Taylor Jones being awarded the prestigious Gabriela Mistral Award.  President Jones also was selected as the 2012-2013 recipient of the joint AATSP and Sigma Delta Pi Premio Mario Vargas Llosa.


Membership Requirements

Eligibility for undergraduate students: 

Students who meet all of the following requirements are invited to apply.

  1. Second semester Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors by credit hours (> 45 credit hours)
  2. Overall GPA of 3.2 or higher.
  3. GPA of 3.0 or higher in Spanish coursework.
  4. Have completed at least one course the 300 level or above with a grade of B or better
  5. Have completed (or are currently enrolled) in one of the following qualifying courses with at least a B: 305, 312, 316, 375, 380A, 380B, 400, 401, 404, 405, 417, 500, 501. Note: If you are currently enrolled in a course to meet this requirement, you must have instructor verification that your work is of at least B quality.

Eligibility for graduate students: 
Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.

If you have any questions about the above requirements, please contact uofsc.sigmadeltapi@gmail.com


2015-2016 Executive Board

Faculty Advisor: Cari Kepner-Lee – kepner@mailbox.sc.edu

President: Carla Littlejohn

Vice President: Lindsay Williamson

Secretary: Melanie Ng

Treasurer: Joseph Godby

Proposals from outside groups for collaborations and all other opportunities should email the organization’s account uofsc.sigmadeltapi@gmail.com to request a meeting with the board

Connect With Us on Social Media!

You can follow Sigma Delta Pi / Gamecock Spanish Club on all of the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @usc_sigmadeltapi

Twitter: @uscsigmadeltapi

Facebook Group: 

Google+: uofsc.sigmadeltapi@gmail.com



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