Pi Delta Phi Honor Society

Pi Delta Phi (Theta Xi Chapter) – National French Honor Society


Pi Delta Phi was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After twenty years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925.

The Society expanded slowly during the next fifteen years. Since the end of World War II, Pi Delta Phi has enjoyed phenomenal growth. At the present time, it numbers more than 275 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and 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 College Honor Societies in 1967. The Theta Xi chapter of Pi Delta Phi was established at Georgetown by Prof. J. M. Guieu in 1977.


The purpose of this Society shall be (1) to recognize outstanding scholarship in the French languages and its literatures; (2) to increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world; (3) to stimulate and encourage French cultural activities.


To qualify a student must have taken at least one course at or above the 200-level, have a 3.2 overall GPA, and a 3.5 in the French courses taken at Georgetown.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to campus closure, to become a member please complete this application form (new window), providing your present and permanent addresses, school, graduation date, and phone number. A copy of your transcript showing your GPA should be emailed by March 15, 2021, to Professor Stella Cohen-Scali at cohenscs@georgetown.edu. The application fee is $45. A payment method for this fee is still to be determined, so please check back soon for updated payment information.

Materials are due by March 15 of your graduating year. Members are typically inducted in May. However, due to COVID-19 campus closure, information about induction has yet to be determined. Inductees will be notified of any updates.

Students who have questions should contact Professor Stella Cohen-Scali at cohenscs@georgetown.edu.

*Premium Regular Membership, $45, includes PDP pin, certificate and one set of honor cords
For more information, please visit the Pi Delta Phi National website.

PDP Scholarships

Please refer to the National website (new window) for information regarding scholarships.

The deadline for applicants to apply for the Pi Delta Phi scholarships for study abroad is November 1 (materials postmarked no later than this date). Faxed, scanned, or digitial applications or letters of recommendation will NOT be accepted.