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2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2005-2006 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]


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Academic Honors




Dean’s List


To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. as a freshman (at least 12 credits per semester), complete a semester with a 3.3 GPA;
  2. after the freshman year, have a 3.4 GPA for the semester (at least 12 credits per semester);
  3. a full-time student must complete at least 12 hours per semester in letter grades other than P and with no grades of INC;
  4. a part-time student must complete at least 12 hours over his or her two most recent semesters in attendance, must earn letter grades other than P with no grade of INC, must have a GPA of 3.3 up to 24 credits total and 3.4 thereafter, and must not have been a full-time student during the period under consideration;
  5. only courses taken in residence at Hofstra may be used to satisfy the requirements for Dean’s List.


Provost’s Scholars


Students who achieve a 4.0 average and complete at least 12 semester hours of A grades in a given semester will be designated Provost’s Scholars and will be invited to attend special lectures and discussions. Only courses taken in residence at Hofstra may be used to satisfy the requirements for Provost’s Scholar.


Mandatory Pass/D+/D/Fail Criteria for Dean’s List and Provost’s Scholars



Eligibility Requirements


Students enrolled in mandatory P/D+/D/F courses in any given semester are eligible for the Dean’s List or designation as Provost’s Scholars if they meet the following criteria:

  1. Students must attain the GPA required for the Dean’s List or Provost’s Scholars in the qualifying semester;
  2. at least 3 credits in that semester must be completed in residence at Hofstra for a letter grade;
  3. students may not elect the P/D+/D/F option for any other course in that semester.

Grade point Average (GPA) Calculations


The GPA of the immediately preceding full semester(s), excluding Summer and January sessions, will be used in place of the mandatory P/D+/D/F course(s) according to the following criteria:

  1. For students taking 6 or fewer mandatory P/D+/D/F credits, the GPA of at least the last 12 credits taken for a letter grade will be substituted;
  2. for students taking more than 6 mandatory P/D+/D/F credits, the GPA of the last 24 credits taken for a letter grade will be substituted;
  3. optional or mandatory P/D+/D/F credits may not be applied toward the required total;
  4. any outstanding Incompletes received within the period being evaluated, will disqualify students as candidates for the Dean’s List or Provost’s Scholars until the Incomplete is removed.

Dean’s Scholars


Seniors in the Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who are nominated by their major department on the basis of their intellectual vitality and academic excellence, meet in a noncredit program of periodic special seminars and discussions under the auspices of the College. The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in HCLAS is the adviser.

Departmental Honors


Departmental Honors will be granted to bachelor’s degree candidates who:

  1. are recommended by their major department for the conferring of departmental honors;
  2. undertake a major piece of research, not necessarily original, resulting in an honors thesis, to be completed during their eighth semester under the supervision of a designated member of the department. Weekly conferences between student and adviser are set as a minimum requirement. Students will defend their thesis before their adviser and two other members of the department. This oral examination will constitute the basis for the evaluation of the student and the determination of honors.
  3. complete their courses of study with distinctive scholarship;
  4. choose one of the departmental honors programs offered and successfully fulfill special requirements supplementing the general degree requirements. The major department will recommend the conferring of departmental honors.

Levels of Departmental Honors


There are two levels of honors, High Honors and Honors, to be recommended by the major department. The level of honors bestowed upon a graduating student will be based on:

  1. achievement in the honors thesis or honors seminar, and
  2. grades in departmental courses.

Eligibility Requirements



  1. A minimum of 60 semester hours must be completed in residence at Hofstra including at least 15 hours in the student’s major field;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.4;
  3. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in the major field of study.



The Office of Academic Records will prepare and send to the appropriate department the names of all eligible students before the end of their sixth semester. These students will be informed of their eligibility by the departmental chairperson and of the nature, purposes and procedures of the program.

Baccalaureate Degrees With Distinction


Degrees of distinction are conferred upon candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Science in Education who have completed at least 82 hours in residence at Hofstra. Candidates with fewer than 82 hours but at least 60 hours in residence at Hofstra who are qualified in terms of their record at the University and in terms of their cumulative record, which shall include work completed at other institutions and at Hofstra, may be graduated with distinction.

These earned distinctions are recognized at the Honors Convocation held during the spring commencement exercises. The Hofstra Teacher of the Year Award is also presented during this ceremony.

Averages for the levels of distinction are:

  • summa cum laude: 3.90
  • magna cum laude: 3.80
  • cum laude: 3.60

Honor Organizations


Honor organizations sponsor events which include lectures, seminars, workshops, social events, open meetings, department activities, group discussions, field trips, exhibitions and demonstrations. For transfer student requirements and additional information, contact the society adviser.

Alpha Epsilon Delta, the international premedical honor society open to students seeking a career in the health professions. Requirements for membership include a cumulative average of 3.0 and a science grade point average of 3.0 after completion of at least three semesters at Hofstra. Transfer students, with at least one year completed prior to attendance at Hofstra, must complete at least one semester in residence. Assistant Professor Clendening, Adviser.

Alpha Epsilon Rho, a national communications honor society affiliated with the National Broadcasting Society (NBS), is open to qualifying communication students. Members must meet the following requirements: active NBS membership, completion of the equivalent of nine (9) semester hours in radio, television, film, cable or electronic media studies, a cumulative grade point of at least 3.25 in all radio, television, film, cable or electronic media studies courses and a cumulative 3.0 minimum in all courses, and must be in the upper 35% of his/her institutional academic class. Instructor Hillebrand, Adviser.

Alpha Kappa Delta, a national sociology honor society recognizing outstanding students. To be eligible for consideration, students must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in sociology courses (with at least 15 s.h. in sociology taken at Hofstra) and a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Professor Albert, Adviser.

Alpha Mu Alpha is the national honor society in marketing. Students are selected on the basis of academic performance. Professor James, Adviser.

Alpha Psi Omega, a national drama honor organization whose membership is based on scholarship and the accumulation of a satisfactory number of points by service in dramatic activities. The Hofstra chapter has maintained a number of scholarships through operation of a concession during events held in the Playhouse and is the only student honor organization to maintain an endowment fund. D. McGuire, Adviser.

Alpha Sigma Lambda, a national honor society open to part-time students who have completed 30 hours in residence, 15 hours of liberal arts outside of their major field, and have achieved a 3.2 cumulative average. M. Forman, Adviser.

Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor society is open to accounting, business computer information systems, and finance majors who have achievd a 3.2 grade point average in their major and an overall 3.2 cumulative average. The Delta Pi chapter at Hofstra publishes a journal, Horizons, assists in tax preparation for senior citizens and minority groups and offers free tutoring. Only schools accredited by AACSB International are granted chapters. A number of cash scholarships are awarded to its members, made possible by the major accounting firms in recognition of superior status as an operating chapter by the national office. Assistant Professor Marsicovetere, Adviser.

Beta Beta Beta, a national biology honor society open to students with a 3.4 grade point average in biology and a 3.1 cumulative average. Active (full), associate and graduate member status available. Assistant Professor Vallier, Adviser.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the only commerce honor society recognized nationally by AACSB International. Chapters are permitted only in schools which have been accredited by them. To be considered for membership by the Zarb School of Business Dean’s Office, students, as seniors, must have compiled a minimum cumulative average in the highest ten percent of their class; junior students must be in the top seven percent of their class. Associate Professor Lally, Adviser.

English Honor Society, a University society open to junior and senior English majors who have completed at least 12 semester hours of upper-level courses with at least a 3.5 average. Associate Professor Janssen, Adviser.

Eta Sigma Gamma Gamma, Gamma Pi Chapter, a national honor society in health education, is open to undergraduate and graduate health education majors who meet the following requirements: undergraduate: juniors or seniors with at least 15 credits in health (taken at Hofstra) and a minimum major g.p.a. of 3.3 and a cumulative of 3.2. Graduate: at least 12 credits in health and a minimum g.p.a. of 3.3. The society’s objectives are the promotion of teaching, research, and service in and for the health education discipline. Eta Sigma Gamma publishes two semiannual journals: The Health Educator, and The Eta Sigma Gamma Monograph Series. Associate Professor Schwartz, Adviser.

Golden Key International Honor Society, a nonprofit academic honors organization founded for the purpose of recognizing and encouraging scholastic achievement among students from all academic fields. Life-time membership is by invitation only and is limited to no more than the top 15 percent of the juniors and seniors enrolled at the University. Part-time as well as fulltime students qualify; transfer students are eligible when they have established 30 credits at Hofstra. Professor Williams and Dean Hickling, Co-Advisers.

Kappa Delta Pi, Theta Beta Chapter, an international education honor society open to undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students must have an average of 3.5 or above in the field of education and a cumulative average of 3.2 or above. Graduate students require a 3.5 average. Members receive the Kappa Delta Pi Record, The Educational Forum and other publications. Assistant Professor Smith, Adviser.

Kappa Mu Epsilon, a national mathematics honor organization open to students who, by their senior year, have attained a 3.4 grade point average in major level mathematics courses as well as 3.3 cumulative. Open to sophomores and juniors who meet more stringent requirements. The organization sponsors events of interest to students of the mathematical sciences. Associate Professor Michaels, Adviser.

Lambda Alpha, a national collegiate honor society open to anthropology majors with a minimum 3.0 grade point average in anthropology courses (with at least 15 s.h. in anthropology taken at Hofstra), and a 3.0 cumulative average.

Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas; establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for further graduate studies. To be eligible for membership students must have completed 60 semester hours, have completed 12 semester hours of communication study, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0, have a GPA of 3.25 in the major, be in the upper 35% of their graduating class, be currently enrolled as a full-time student in good standing, and display commitment to the field of communication. To retain membership these grade point averages must be maintained. Professor Drucker, Adviser.

Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international economics honor society open to economics majors who are juniors or seniors. The requirements are at least 15 credits in economics taken at Hofstra including ECO 130 and 132; a 3.5 grade point average in economics and a 3.0 cumulative average. The society publishes The American Economist, a semi-annual journal. Associate Professor Kozlov, Adviser.

Phi Alpha Theta, an international history honor society open to undergraduate students in any academic major. The requirements are a grade point average of a minimum 3.1 in at least 12 hours of history courses and a cumulative average of 3.0. The society publishes Historian. Assistant Professor Doubleday, Adviser.

Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest and most prestigious academic honor society in the United States, is dedicated to the recognition of scholarly excellence in the liberal arts and sciences and attainment of high moral character. The Omega of New York chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at Hofstra University is one of only 262 chapters in the nation. Students inducted as seniors must have completed at least 90 liberal arts credits, demonstrated sufficient breadth in their education, fulfilled the B.A. language requirements, and achieved an outstanding academic record in liberal arts. A small number of juniors with exceptional academic records are also considered for membership. Awards are given annually to sophomore students who have attained extraordinary academic performance in their freshman year. Professor Levinthal, Chapter President.

Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society is open to all full-time freshmen achieving a minimum 3.5 average during either the first or second semester of study here at Hofstra. Invitations for life-time membership are sent to students after the second semester of study. Members meet fellow students from all academic disciplines and join them in promoting academic excellence. Members may be eligible for both local and national scholarships. Senior Assistant Dean Marc E. Oppenheim, Adviser.

Phi Sigma Tau, a national philosophy honor society is open to students who have completed nine hours of philosophy credits, and have achieved a 3.0 cumulative average and a 3.3 average in philosophy classes.

Pi Delta Phi, a national French honor society, recognizes excellence in the study of language, literature and civilization. It honors as regular members graduate and undergraduate students nominated in recognition of their academic achievement in at least one semester of upper division French, and who have completed at least three semesters of the college course with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in French, and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. Students are invited to join by the French faculty acting through the adviser and president of the society. Rosalba Barth, Chapter President; Professor Schwab, Adviser.

Pi Gamma Mu, an international social science honor society to reward interest and achievement in the college study of the social sciences. Pi Gamma Mu endeavors to inspire social service to humanity and life interest in the study of human association. It seeks also a synthesis of all branches of social science into a philosophy of human society and human welfare. A junior, senior, or graduate student with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better with at least 20 semester hours combined in the social sciences is eligible. For additional information, for example about qualifying social science disciplines, please consult the New College Dean’s Office.

Pi Kappa Lambda, a national music honor society recognizing academic excellence and demonstrated musicianship. The faculty committee confers the following awards on selected music majors in the top ten percent of their respective classes: certificates of honor (sophomores) and membership in the society (graduating seniors). Professor Hettrick, Adviser.

Pi Sigma Alpha, a national political science honor society open to junior and senior students of high academic achievement who show promise in the field of political science. Professor Dudek, Adviser.

Psi Chi, a national psychology honor society open to students who have completed nine hours of psychology credit, and at least 45 hours overall, and have achieved the following gradepoint averages: a 3.0 cumulative average, and a 3.3 grade point average in psychology courses. Prospective candidates must also attend 3 meetings before they are eligible for induction. Associate Professor Brown, Adviser.

Sigma Delta Pi, a national Spanish honor society recognizing students who have attained excellence in the study of the language and who have made contributions to the Hispanic world. Students are invited to join by the Spanish faculty and officers of the society. Professors DaSilva, McNair, and Cao, Advisers.

Sigma Pi, an honor society open to matriculated majors or minors in speech-language-hearing science, who have attended Hofstra University for at least one semester. Applicants must have completed 12 semester hours in speech courses and have attained a minimum overall grade point average of 3.2 or have a minimum overall grade point average of 3.0 and a minimum 3.3 average in speech courses. The organization raises funds for the Hofstra University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, sponsors related events and coordinates a variety of social activities. Associate Professor Joan Furey, Adviser.

Sigma Pi Sigma, a national physics honor society open to Hofstra students who have completed 18 hours of physics courses with a 3.5 grade point average. Students must also be in the upperthird of their graduating class. Associate Professor Garuthara, Adviser.

Society for Collegiate Jounalists, Pi Delta Epsilon chapter, a national honor society recognizing meritorious work on campus media. Students interested in applying must have worked in a recognized media for one year and have a cumulative 2.5 gradepoint average. Selection to this honor society is based on application and recommendation of current members. Edward Lynch, Adviser.

Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the international computer science honor society open to all undergraduate computer science majors who have achieved cumulative and major grade point averages of at least 3.3, and have earned a minimum of 64 credits, 24 of which are in residence and a minimum of 18 computer science credits. Associate Professor Pillaipakkamnatt, Adviser.

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