Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs

National Honor Society

AGLSP National Honor Society

The AGLSP National Honor Society of Graduate Liberal Studies

Symbol:  Owl in an olive tree.  Symbol associated with Athena, goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology

Motto:  Artes liberale regnat The liberal arts reign


  • To recognize the scholarly achievement of graduate students and scholars in liberal studies programs across the United States and Canada

  • To serve as a vehicle for the promotion of liberal studies programming on campuses

  • To provide a network of graduate students and scholars in liberal studies nation-wide

Procedure for forming a chapter:

To form a chapter, an institution must:

  • offer a master’s and/or doctorate of liberal studies degree

  • hold regional accreditation

  • the degree-granting institution must be a member of the AGLSP

The institution must complete the electronic chapter application (see below).

Honor Society Guidelines

Online Institutional Chapter Application

Chapters will have the following responsibilities as part of the AGLSP Honor Society:

  • In the semester prior to graduation, the chapter’s GLS office will create a list of all graduates who have achieved a 3.75 GPA.

  • The chapter institution will send the names of high achieving students to institutional faculty who vote on whether or not the graduate warrants recognition for academic integrity and leadership. Membership in this honor society is a privilege rather than a right. The local chapter has the right to add and define additional criteria for membership as it sees fit.

  • Once the faculty votes are tallied, the Dean/Director provides the AGLSP with the names of the potential, new inductees and sends a letter of invitation to join, along with information about how to join the AGLSP Honor Society.

  • Only those graduates who officially join are inducted into the AGLSP Honor Society by their local chapter with their host institution.

Deadlines –

For Spring graduation, all inductees must be reported by the degree-granting institution by April 30 or sooner (depending on your scheduled graduation date)

For Summer graduation, all inductees must be reported by the degree-granting institution by August 1.

For December graduation, all inductees must be reported by the degree-granting institution by November 30.


The AGLSP Honor Society is open to liberal studies graduates who have met the criteria set by the member institution and the AGLSP Honor Society. The member institution must have an AGLSP approved chapter. The criteria is as stated: Students who have earned a minimum of 3.75 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale, have at least 24 credits toward their master’s, doctoral degree or 16 credits toward a certificate of advanced graduate study. They will have demonstrated leadership in the classroom and in the greater community, and have been selected, approved and invited to join the Honor Society by their enrolling institution.


  • Discounted registration fee at annual AGLSP Conference as long as inductee remains a member in good standing.

  • Access to Confluence, the Journal for the Association of Graduate Liberal Studies programs, which is a members only journal. Members are eligible to submit work for publication

  • Wear gold cords at graduation (ordered/supplied by the regional institutional graduation/administration).

  • Honors indication on degree transcript if the degree-granting institution bestows this recognition.

NOTE: Chapter Institutions must confirm with their own Registrar’s office to confirm that this is possible.


As an Honor Society Alumna/us member, inductees will pay a national membership fee of $45. The fee pays for a certificate, one year of national membership, and a subscription to Confluence, the AGLSP online journal. There are no institutional fees associated with membership as a chapter institution. However, the chapter institution is responsible for ordering honors gold cords through the local regalia company.

The annual membership renewal fee is $25 and is required to be an active member and receive full benefits of membership for one year.  Graduates will be listed on the AGLSP website as new members the year they are initially inducted.

The chapter institution is responsible for ordering honors gold cords through the local regalia company.

AGLSP National Honor Society Chapters

Arizona State University
DePaul University
East Tennessee State University
Harvard University Extension School
Henderson State University
Indiana University Southeast
Loyola University Maryland
North Carolina State University
Rice University
Southern Methodist University
SUNY Empire State College
University of Memphis
University of North Carolina - Charlotte
University of Pennsylvania
University of St. Thomas
University of Toledo
Wesleyan University

2018 AGLSP National Honor Society Inductees

Stephanie Jares, North Carolina State University
Chelsea Melvin, University of Pennsylvania
Rosangela Reyes, Southern Methodist University
Shirley Ann Dolph, Southern Methodist University
Soraya Ronco, Southern Methodist University
Milton Mariani, North Carolina State University
Ryan Dearborn, Rice University
Betsy Wittenmyer, Rice University
Margaret Mueller, Rice University
Andrew Rogers, Rice University
Esosa Mohammed, East Tennessee State University
Stacey Szydlik, Rice University
Sheila Mayfield, Rice University
Melissa Bryant, Southern Methodist University
Wanda Smith, Southern Methodist University
Laura Bull, Southern Methodist University
Christine Pearson, Southern Methodist University
Amie Bradley, Southern Methodist University
Michele Elchlepp, Southern Methodist University
Karen Davis, Southern Methodist University
Taylor Lockett, Southern Methodist University
Shelley Schexnayder, Southern Methodist University
Valerie Little, Southern Methodist University
Greg Goolsby, Southern Methodist University
Rheagan Humphrey, Southern Methodist University
Zachary Peterson, Southern Methodist University
Juel Hill, Rice University
Kelli Sullivan, Rice University
Alex Weisbach, Rice University
C. Thomas Behrman, Rice University
Kimberly Rice, Indiana University Southeast
Jennifer Mason, Indiana University Southeast
Randall Carrier, University of Memphis
Gabriel Cantu, University of Memphis
Md Ashefur Rahman, University of Memphis
Joshua Kaplan, University of Memphis
Gabriel Short, University of Memphis