Lyon College is home to many Greek honorary societies. These societies recognize students who excel both academically and as leaders among their peers. The following national academic honorary societies have chapters at Lyon:
Alpha Psi Omega
Alpha Psi Omega is a national honor society for collegiate theatre that honors students who maintain a 2.5 GPA and who participate in at least two areas of theatrical production. Membership is open to students (primarily undergraduate) who are active in collegiate or university theatre at four-year institutions.
Alpha Chi is a national academic honor society founded in 1922 to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among undergraduate and graduate students. Inductees are in the top 10 percent of their junior and senior classes, possess outstanding character and integrity, and are engaged in the best undergraduate scholarship in all academic fields.
Chi Beta Phi
Chi Beta Phi is a national science honorary whose purpose is to promote interest in science and to give recognition to scholarly achievement in science. Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed at least 20 credit hours in the natural sciences and mathematics.
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Delta Pi is an international honor society established to foster excellence in education and promote fellowship among those who are dedicated to teaching. Membership in Kappa Delta Pi recognizes scholarly achievements and dedication to the education profession.
Kappa Pi is an international honor society in art whose purpose is to unite artists who care about art and its role in life. This fraternity bonds conscientious artists, which is influential in the art department as well as the community. Nationally, membership requirements are the completion of 12 semester hours of art courses, a 3.0 GPA in art courses (on a 4.0 scale), and a 2.0 overall GPA.
Lambda Delta is a national honor society was established to honor excellence in the first year of college. The society recognizes early academic achievement and identifies academic leaders. Each member must be a first-time, full-time student with a GPA of 3.5 and a ranking in the upper 20 percent of his or her class in the fall semester.
Mortar Board is a national honor society for college seniors. The college solicits nominations from faculty and staff for rising seniors who have demonstrated leadership in scholarship, campus life, and service to others.
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Alpha Theta is a national history honor society whose mission is to promote the study of history through research, good teaching, publication, and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Members must have a minimum GPA of 3.1 in history and an overall GPA of 3.0.
Phi Sigma Tau
Phi Sigma Tau is an international philosophy honor society whose mission is to award distinction to students with high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy. Members must be in the top third of their class and have nine credit hours in religion and philosophy with a “B” average in those classes.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college and university students of political science in the United States. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize superior achievement in the study of government and politics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Members must have attained at least junior status, a “B” average in at least 10 credits of political science courses, and an overall GPA rank in the top third of their class.
Psi Chi is a national psychology honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Members must have taken at least nine hours of psychology, earned a 3.0 average in those courses, and be in the top 35 percent of their class.
Sigma Delta Pi
Sigma Delta Pi is a national collegiate Hispanic honor society. To qualify, students must have completed 18 college hours of Spanish, be in the upper 35 percent of their class, and have a GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all Spanish courses taken.
Sigma Tau Delta
Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society with over a thousand chapters worldwide. It recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who have achieved distinction in their study of the English language and its literature. Members are English majors and minors who maintain a 3.0 average in upper-level coursework.
Theta Alpha Kappa
Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society for religious studies and theology whose purpose is to honor outstanding students in the study of theology and religion and to encourage, recognize, and maintain excellence in these studies. Members must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in religion and philosophy courses, have a 3.5 GPA in such courses, an overall GPA of 3.0, and be ranked in the upper 35 percent of their class.