Loyola University Maryland

Modern Languages & Literatures

Spanish Honor Society

History and Description 

Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley. The Rho Theta Chapter was founded in 1987 at Loyola University Maryland by Dr. Diane Chaffee-Sorace, Professor of Spanish. Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León, and Aragón. The Society's colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation.  

The Rho Theta chapter sponsors and partakes in events in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Loyola University, especially the annual Fall Poetry Contest.  

National Website: https://sigmadeltapi.org/ 

Entry Requirements 

Membership in Rho Theta is open to majors and minors in Spanish. In order to be considered for membership, an undergraduate student must  

  • be a junior or senior with a minimum of three years of college-level Spanish (18 credits) 
  • have taken at least one course at the junior level (300-level at Loyola) in Hispanic literature or culture and civilization 
  • have an A- or better in all Spanish courses, and
  • have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

For more information, contact:
Prof. Diane Chaffee-Sorace, dchaffee@loyola.edu 
Prof. Sarah Tyler, sgtyler@loyola.edu