Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of the two year college, is also the largest honor society in American higher education. The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa provides opportunities for:
- the development of leadership and service
- for an intellectual climate encouraging the exchange of ideas and ideals
- for lively fellowship among scholars.
- for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
Phi Theta Kappa`s mission, locally at P.I.T. and internationally, is two-fold:
- recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students, and
- provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service and fellowship programming.
Membership in the Alpha Psi Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is an honor bestowed on a student as a result of his or her demonstration of the Phi Theta Kappa Hallmarks of superior Academic Achievement or Scholarship, Leadership, Service, & Fellowship and is conferred by INVITATION ONLY from the local chapter. Both full and part time students are eligible for membership upon meeting the requirements.
To be eligible for membership, you MUST:
- Be enrolled in an Associate Degree program at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.
- Have completed at least 12 credit hours toward an Associate Degree at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.
- Have a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.5; and, you must maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.2.
- Exhibit the hallmarks of Phi Theta Kappa; including Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Fellowship. These Hallmarks should be evident in the campus community as well as within the local chapter.
- Adhere to the moral standards of the society.
To be inducted into the society, you MUST:
- Receive a letter of invitation to membership from the Alpha Psi Mu chapter at the Pennsylvania Institute of Technology.
- Complete and submit the application form to one of the Chapter`s Advisors.
- Pay $120 in dues and fees in full BEFORE the induction ceremony.
- Attend and participate in the chapter’s induction ceremony.
Eligible students MUST complete the process outlined above and in the letter of invitation to become a member. No one can wear honor society regalia (honor cords, honor stole, and key pin) at Commencement if they have not completed the induction process.
Members are expected to participate in Chapter events including, though not limited to chapter meetings, annual Induction ceremony, Constitution Day events, clothing drive, bake sales, and annual service project. In addition, members may be asked to assist at college-wide events with set-up, greeting, ushering, or other support roles.