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Phi Theta Kappa

Alpha Alpha Sigma is HCC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges. 

"The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence."

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  • Join Phi Theta Kappa

    Phi Theta Kappa membership reflects your academic success!



    To be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa, students must:

    • complete a minimum of 12 college-level credits (100- and 200-level courses) at HCC
    • obtain a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA in all college level courses completed
    • be a currently enrolled student at Howard Community College

    Credits completed at other 2-year and 4-year institutions and transferred to Howard Community College do not count towards meeting the criteria.  Please note: HCC tabulates a student's cumulative grade point average using all course work completed at the college.  For Phi Theta Kappa, the grades obtained and credits completed in developmental courses (below 100 level) are NOT used in tabulating a student's eligibility. 

    Provisional Membership

    Are you a high achieving student who expects to be invited to join Phi Theta Kappa?  If so, take advantage of provisional membership and get involved with the chapter today!  Provisional membership is granted to students who expect to meet the eligibility requirements for membership in the upcoming semester.  Provisional members can attend bi-monthly meetings and participate in chapter activities.  Provisional members are not permitted to be a chapter officer or vote on official chapter business. 


    Invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa are issued to students who meet the eligibility criteria by the fifth week of the fall and spring semesters.  Invitations are sent electronically to students' Howard Community College email addresses.  If a student receives an invitation and does not choose to accept membership into the society, they will continue to receive invitations to join in future semesters as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria. 

    Accept Membership Into the Society

    Students invited to join Phi Theta Kappa must accept membership into the society via the Phi Theta Kappa International website link and access code provided in their invitation email.  In order to accept membership, students must pay a one-time membership fee of $85 and complete the online membership registration before the stated deadline in their invitation email. 

    Annual Induction Ceremony

    Induction ceremonies are held annually in April to formally celebrate the accomplishments of new members.  Participation in the annual induction ceremony is optional and does not impact one's membership status in the honor society.

  • Learn about HCC's Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

    Get involved with Phi Theta Kappa and make the most of your membership!

    Bi-monthly Meetings

    Phi Theta Kappa members meet every other week, times and days varying by semester.  Please contact for meeting times. Meetings begin the second week of the semester and run through the last week of classes.  Most meetings focus on planning and executing a collaborative chapter project that aims to help the college or community.  Other "value-added" meetings throughout the semester provide members with support and information on important topics like how to find one's ideal transfer institution or where to search for Phi Theta Kappa scholarships. 

    Chapter Endeavors

    Phi Theta Kappa membership reflects four hallmarks: Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship and Service.  Throughout the year, members come together to collaboratively execute an Honors in Action project that positively impacts the community and a College Project that positively impacts HCC.  In addition, members work together to serve the community through group volunteer opportunities, develop new skills through interactive leadership development workshops and get to know each other better through social activities. 

    Chapter Leadership

    Three to four student officers make up the chapter leadership team.  Positions include chapter President, Vice President of Service, Vice President of Communication and Vice President of Records.  Students interested in serving as a chapter officer for the next academic year (fall and spring) are invited to complete an application in March. 

    Phi Theta Kappa Canvas Site

    Upon joining Phi Theta Kappa, members are added to the Phi Theta Kappa "course site" on HCC's learning management system, Canvas.  Information regarding chapter activities, member opportunities and general chapter business is exclusively available on and facilitated through the Canvas site. 

  • Graduate with Phi Theta Kappa Honors

    Celebrate your Phi Theta Kappa membership at Commencement!

    Graduate with Phi Theta Kappa Honors

    To remain in the honor society, graduate with Phi Theta Kappa honors and receive the Phi Theta Kappa membership denotation on one's transcript, students must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA in their college-level courses.  In order to be listed as a Phi Theta Kappa member in the commencement program, students must be members in good standing at the time when they petition to graduate.


    Commencement Regalia

    Members of Phi Theta Kappa are invited to wear special membership regalia at commencement.  Members can choose to wear any combination of the following items: membership pin, honors cords, honors tassel, key honors stole and key medallion.  Most students choose to wear their membership pin and honors cords.  Membership pins are provided to all students when they accept membership, other regalia items are up to the student to select and purchase at their own expense from the Phi Theta Kappa online store.

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