MaconCatalog : The Stetson-Hatcher School of Business : Honorary Societies
Honorary Societies
Beta Alpha Psi
Founded in 1919, Beta Alpha Psi is an honor organization for financial information students and professionals. There are over 300 chapters on college and university campuses with over 300,000 members. The primary objective of Beta Alpha Psi is to encourage and give recognition to scholastic and professional excellence in the business information field. This includes promoting the study and practice of accounting, finance, and information systems as well as encouraging a sense of ethical, social, and public responsibility. Beta Alpha Psi also provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals. Undergraduates must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and a 3.0 GPA in their major.
Beta Gamma Sigma
Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Election to lifetime membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a business student anywhere in the world can receive in an undergraduate or master's program at a school accredited by AACSB International. Students, based on high academic achievement, and tenured business school faculty members are the only ones eligible for membership in the Society. With more than 500,000 members worldwide, the Society's membership comprises the brightest and best of the world's business leaders. Beta Gamma Sigma membership provides recognition for a lifetime. With alumni chapters in major metropolitan areas across the United States, the BGS CareerCentral job board, and the BetaLink on-line membership community, those recognized for their academic achievements at the School of Business can continue an active relationship with Beta Gamma Sigma long after graduation. This lifelong commitment to its members' academic and professional success is defined in the Society's mission: “to encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business and personal and professional excellence in the practice of business."
Omicron Delta Epsilon
The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities and among colleges and universities; the publication of the official journal, The American Economist; the sponsoring of panels at professional meetings and the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions. Undergraduates must have completed at least 12 hours of economics, have an overall scholastic average of B in economics and an overall average of B, and rank in the upper third of the class.
Financial Management Association (FMA) National Honor Society
Financial Management Association (FMA) National Honor Society is the only National Honor Society specifically for finance students. FMA International, a professional association of academics and practitioners dedicated to the development of financial theory and sound financial practices founded it in 1974. FMA’s mission is to provide opportunities for professional interaction among academics, practitioners, and students; promote the development and understanding of research; and enhance the quality of education in finance. The FMA National Honor Society recognizes the best finance students for their academic achievements. By induction into the FMA National Honor Society, students have a means of demonstrating their academic excellence to potential employers. Undergraduate students must have completed at least 6 hours of finance course work, have an overall GPA of 3.5 and an overall GPA of 3.5 in finance coursework, and be of junior or senior class standing.