Summa cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.95-4.00
Magna cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.75-3.94
Cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.50-3.74
For purposes of the graduation ceremony and program, academic honors
are calculated on the student's previous semester.
Students whose records demonstrate superior academic achievement may be
invited to join several honor societies chartered on the USC Upstate campus.
These organizations exist not only to recognize outstanding students but also
to promote academic achievement in all areas of the University.
Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, was
founded in 1920. The Mu Chapter at USC Upstate was chartered in 2009. AKD
recognizes students with outstanding academic achievements in sociology.
Because the mission statement of AKD is "To investigate humanity for the
purpose of service," students also engage in a number of service activities
throughout the year. To be a member, students must be a sociology major
or minor, have junior standing (completed at least 60 hours), have a grade
point average of 3.0 or higher – both overall and in sociology, and must have
completed at least four sociology courses at USC Upstate.
In 2005, the University of South Carolina Upstate was granted a chapter of
Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, the oldest and largest honor
society devoted to the recognition of non-traditional students pursuing higher
education. Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society was established in
1945 to honor superior scholarship of non-traditional students.
Alpha Mu Gamma, the National Collegiate Foreign Language Honor Society,
was founded in 1931 with the primary purpose of honoring students for out-standing
achievement in foreign language study during college. Activities of
the society are: biennial national conventions, regional conferences, chapter
meetings and special chapter activities like sponsorship of National Foreign
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business
programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business. The mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is "to
encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster
personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society,
and to serve its lifelong members." Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is by
invitation only and is limited to seniors and rising seniors who are in the top
10 percent of their class, who have completed 30 or more semester hours in
residence at USC Upstate and at least nine hours of the JCBE Upper Level Core.
A chapter of Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society was chartered at
USC Upstate in 1978. Membership is open to students who rank in the top
15 percent of their class and who have completed 15 or more semester hours
in residence at USC Upstate.
A chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a national education honorary fraternity, was
established at USC Upstate in the spring of 1978. It is open to juniors and
seniors who have outstanding academic records and a strong commitment
to the profession of education.
The Mu Rho Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the International Honor Society
for Nursing, was chartered in March 1992. Membership is open to BSN stu-dents
in the top 35 percent of the senior class with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
This academic society strives to promote excellence and the advancement
of nursing knowledge, research and leadership.
Omicron Delta Kappa is a leadership and scholarship honor society affili-ated
with Omicron Delta Kappa National fraternity. Membership is open to
juniors and seniors who rank in the top 20 percent of their class and who
meet chapter criteria for leadership and service to the campus.
Phi Kappa Phi, dedicated to the recognition and promotion of academic
excellence in all fields of higher education, is the nation's oldest and largest
all-discipline honor society. Membership in Phi Kappa Phi is by invitation
only. Those invited to membership include the top 7.5 percent of last-term
juniors and the top 10 percent of seniors, along with outstanding graduate
students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. The Nu
Kappa chapter was chartered at USC Upstate in 1982. Membership is open
to students who attain a B average, both overall and in political science
courses. Applicants must have completed 10 semester hours in political
science and be ranked in the upper third of their college class.
Psi Chi, the National Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929
for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence
in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. The chapter at USC
Upstate was chartered in 1993. To be eligible for membership, students must
be psychology majors (or IDS bi-disciplinary psychology majors) who have
completed at least three semesters of college work including nine hours of
psychology. Eligible students must rank in the top 35 percent of their class
and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in psychology courses.
REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
Applicants for graduation are urged to confer with the appropriate chair
or dean about their major program and degree requirements before the
beginning of their last semester of residence at USC Upstate.
Academic Residency Requirements. The last 25 percent of the semester
hours of the degree program must be completed in residence at the University.
In residence means that students are regularly enrolled in the University,
are members of a class which is supervised by a faculty member of USC
Upstate, and in other ways conform to the requirements that are normally
connoted by the term in residence. In residence requirements may not be
met by courses for which credit is earned by exemption or examination
or courses for which transfer credit was awarded. Students who have not
established credit for the prescribed number of hours in residency are not
eligible for graduation.
Residency Requirements in the Major. To receive a degree, students
must complete at least 12 semester hours of major course credit at USC
Upstate or at other campuses in the USC system.
Degree Applications. Candidates for degrees must complete applications
online prior to the last academic term before graduation with the Records
Office. Applications must be filed according to the deadlines published. In
order to graduate for the term applied for, all academic work, including
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