University Honors

University Leadership Programs

Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program

The Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program is a four year undergraduate concentration founded on the Jesuit educational philosophy of educating the whole person. Its purpose is to prepare students to create new ventures that make a positive difference in society. This student-centered program is designed for promising individuals who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and a commitment to serve others.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: March, 2000

Comprehensive Leadership Program

The Comprehensive Leadership Program at Gonzaga University is a formal for-credit academic leadership program intended to compliment students' academic goals through theoretical study, and experimental learning. The program was inaugurated in an effort to fulfill the University mission of creating leaders, in a variety of fields, dedicated to the common good. Through their four year programs, students participate in a number of leadership development experiences and represent academic majors from every college. Students are involved in every aspect of student life providing leadership and extensive involvement.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: January, 2002

University Honor Societies

Alpha Sigma Lambda

The national honor society devoted to the advancement of scholarship and to the recognition of non-traditional students continuing their higher education. Membership is based on the top 10% of non-traditional students who have taken at least 30 credits at Gonzaga University.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: March, 1995

Alpha Sigma Nu

The national Jesuit honor society for third year and fourth year men and women students of outstanding academic achievement, service, and loyalty to the ideals of Jesuit education.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: April, 1939

Beta Alpha Psi

The national honorary and professional accounting fraternity for third year and fourth year accounting majors of outstanding academic achievement. Membership is open to students with at least a 3.00 GPA in accounting courses and a 3.00 cumulative GPA.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: April, 1997

Beta Gamma Sigma

The national business honor society. Membership is for the top 7% of the third year class, the top 10% of the fourth year class, and the top 20% of the Master of Business Administration class.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: April, 1999

Chi Sigma Iota

CSI is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. We promote a strong professional identity through members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. 
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: January, 2014

Kappa Delta Pi

The national education honor society. Membership is limited to third year and fourth year students enrolled in one of the phases of the education program of the School of Education, and is based on academic and professional abilities.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: October, 2003

Lambda Pi Eta

The National Communication Honor Society for outstanding students in any of the communication arts. Membership in Iota Rho, our local chapter, is limited to third and fourth year students who have achieved high academic achievement, leadership and service and demonstrated a commitment to the discipline of communication.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: February, 2000

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts

Honors students of outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic accomplishments for those minoring in the art of dance. Membership is limited to senior dance minors who have maintained a 3.5 GPA or higher in academic dance studies and who demonstrate a commitment to the discipline of dance.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: 2016

The National Honor Society for Collegiate Scholars

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an honors organization that recognizes and elevates high achievers. NSCS provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities and gives out a million dollars in scholarships annually. NSCS members are deeply committed to scholarship, leadership, and service and as a result, are impacting their campus and local communities every day.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: October, 2015

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The international honor society in economics.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: October, 1977

Phi Alpha Theta

Founded in 1921, Phi Alpha Theta is the national honor society in history, whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. Since the foundation of the Xi-Gamma Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta at Gonzaga University, hundreds of Gonzaga’s top students in history have joined the 350,000 members in 900 chapters across the U.S.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: July, 1968

Phi Sigma Iota

Phi Sigma lota recognizes outstanding accomplishment in the study or teaching of any of the academic fields related to foreign language, literature, or culture. These fields include not only modern foreign languages, but also other fields with a significant foreign language component.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: 2017

Phi Sigma Tau

The national honor society in philosophy founded in 1930 which recognizes philosophy students for their academic achievement. Now an international honor society, it is open to all Gonzaga students who have completed a minimum of twelve philosophy credits and have met particular grade requirements.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: 1998

Pi Mu Epsilon

Incorporated at Syracuse University in 1914, Pi Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society dedicated to the promotion and recognition of scholarly activity in the mathematical sciences. WA Epsilon, the local chapter at Gonzaga University is one of over 380 chapters throughout the country. Established in 1968, WA Epsilon has been an active chapter since 2014. Events are held throughout the academic year, often in conjunction with other activities in the mathematics department. Students are invited to join WA Epsilon each spring if they satisfy the eligibility requirements. An induction ceremony is held in April of each year.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: 1968

Pi Sigma Alpha

The national honor society for students majoring in political science at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Gonzaga's Chapter, Alpha Beta Xi is open to students in the junior and senior year. Membership is attained through academic achievement at the highest level in both discipline and in overall academic work.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: March, 2004

Psi Chi

The National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: September, 1992

Sigma Tau Delta

The international English honor society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually. Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: November, 2006

Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI)

This organization is one of the largest and most prestigious nursing organizations in the world. The name of the organization was chosen from the Greek words meaning love, courage, and honor. STTI's mission is to "support the learning, knowledge and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide." As the international honor society of nursing, it recognizes superior achievement, fosters high professional standards and the development of leadership, encourages creative work, and seeks to strengthen commitment to the ideals and purposes of the profession.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: August, 1987

Tau Beta Pi

The national honor society for undergraduate engineering (all disciplines) majors of outstanding academic achievement, leadership, and community service.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: February, 1995

Theta Alpha Kappa

The national honor society for religious studies majors of outstanding academic achievement and commitment to publishing and service to the University.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: November, 1983

Upsilon Pi Epsilon

Upsilon Pi Epsilon is the International Honor Society for the computing and information sciences. The mission of Upsilon Pi Epsilon is to recognize academic excellence in computer science and engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and is endorsed by the Association for Computing Machinery and the IEEE Computer Society.
Date of Establishment at Gonzaga University: September, 2010

University Academic Awards

Each spring the faculties of the University meet in convocation to recognize the academic achievements of individual members of the University community. Among others, these awards include:

The Alumni Association Award

The gift of the Gonzaga Alumni Association to a member of the graduating class who has shown excellence in his or her field or study and involvement in University and student life, and who has created an impact on the community of Spokane.

The William A. Garrigan, S.J., Award

The gift of the University in memory of Father Garrigan to the member of the graduating class who has achieved the highest cumulative grade point average for four years of undergraduate work at Gonzaga.

The Carl J. Lindberg Loyalty Award

The gift of Judge William Lindberg, class of 1934, awarded to a graduating fourth year male in good standing who is judged by a committee of faculty and students to be conspicuous for loyalty and service to the University.

The Philomathea Award

The gift of the Philmathea Club awarded to a graduating fourth year female in good standing who is judged by a committee of faculty and students to be conspicuous for loyalty and service to the University.

Fourth Year, Third Year, Second Year, and First Year Awards

Each one of the first year, second year, third year, and fourth year awards will be granted to the undergraduate student who had the highest GPA calculated for the fall and spring semesters, and was enrolled for 30 or more academic credits in the academic year. If there is a tie, the award will be granted to the student who earned the highest (total) cumulative GPA. Only Gonzaga grades are considered in the GPA. Courses predetermined or mandated by academic departments as Satisfactory/Non Satisfactory grading only will be counted in the 30 credits.