Eta Sigma Phi had its beginning in 1914 when a group of students in the Department of Greek at the University of Chicago organized an undergraduate classical club to which honor students in Greek and Latin were elected to membership. This organization later united with a similar organization at Northwestern University and became Eta Sigma Phi. In 1924 the society became national, and chapters were organized at leading colleges and universities. The society was incorporated in 1927 under the laws of the State of Illinois.
The Constitution of Eta Sigma Phi states that the purposes of the society are “to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including inter-campus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”
The Eta Sigma Phi chapter of Florida State University, the Eta chapter, is a burgeoning society. Every year the number of members has increased showing a vibrant and powerful interest in Classical Studies. In the new 2011 school year Eta Sigma Phi of Florida State University has begun to develop new ways for students to express their enthusiasm for Classics and bring that to the general student body. Tutoring for students of Latin, coordinating Greek study groups, and volunteering for different events concerning Classics are just a few ways that Eta Sigma Phi members may become involved. New ideas are being put together every day to help maintain an energetic and exciting atmosphere for students and faculty of the Florida State University Classics Department.
Eta Sigma Phi is now being overseen by Dr. J. Sickinger of the Classics Department. He is a highly valued member of the Classics Department faculty and a valued Staff Supervisor of Eta Sigma Phi, who helps our FSU chapter stay up-to-date with events of the National Chapter and other important Classics organizations
There are three categories of membership:
(1) Active membership is limited to undergraduates who are enrolled in classes in Latin and/or Greek in the original languages. A student must meet the basic qualification of an attained grade of not less than “B” in courses in Latin and Greek, with completion of at least one semester or two quarters. The chapters are permitted considerable autonomy in any additional requirements for membership; however, the grade standard stated above must be observed, and it is expected that chapters will maintain even higher standards.
(2) Associate membership is open to graduate students who were undergraduate members of Eta Sigma Phi and graduate students in Classics elected under the requirements of membership.
(3) Honorary membership is conferred upon persons selected by the chapter for their interest in the Classics and contributions to the understanding and appreciation of classical languages, history, and culture.
If you are interested in joining, please contact one of the officers. They will be more than happy to explain how to connect with Eta Sigma Phi of Florida State University.