Epsilon Phi Delta

Epsilon Phi Delta (ΕΦΔ) National Honor Society for Community College Students of German recognizes the outstanding academic achievement of learners of German. The organization was founded to reward scholastic achievement in the study of German and to promote interest in the study of German language, literature, and culture.

Establishing a Chapter. 

Epsilon Phi Delta chapters may be established in accredited community colleges. Chapter sponsors must be teachers of German and AATG members. To establish an ΕΦΔ chapter, please fill out and submit this form. Your application will be reviewed and if approved, we will contact you with further details. At that point, a one-time $25 activation fee will be due. Once established, chapters are granted in perpetuity – no reactivation needed.

Student Eligibility. 

To be eligible for induction, students must have completed at least one semester of German and be enrolled in the second-semester course. Students must have attained a grade point average in German of 3.3 (on a 4-point scale), or 87%, or equivalent as determined by the chapter sponsor. They must have five hours of service to the German program. Individual chapters may set additional eligibility requirements.

Inducting Members.

Eligible students may be inducted into their local ΕΦΔ chapter upon registration with AATG and payment of induction fees. The induction fee includes a certificate printed with the student name, institution name, and chapter affiliation. Special recognition of these students should be made during the induction ceremony and in the induction program. Download the induction ceremony script here. Feel free to adjust the wording and procedure to your preferences and traditions as needed, and use your best judgment regarding the use of candles or other items. Virtual inductions and inductions in absentia are permissible as well.

Chapter Activities & Annual Report. 

Chapter activities provide an opportunity to highlight the German program in the school and community. As of 2021, AATG no longer requires an annual report from chapters. Active chapters are encouraged to submit their activity directly to the AATG newsletter Aktuelles to highlight their program nationally with pictures and stories.

Also see our FAQ section for more information and ideas to keep your chapter active and thriving.

Looking for the College/University German Honor Society? Contact our colleagues at Delta Phi Alpha to learn more.