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Language and Culture

Undergraduate Bachelor Programs

Clubs and Honor Societies

The Language and Culture Department is very proud to sponsor student organizations and honor societies that enrich the Mount community through multi-cultural activities that will lead to a deeper appreciation of the key to common understanding.

Honor Societies

Alpha Mu Gamma

This Honor Society is open to First-year Students and Sophomores in the AA or BA

Alpha Mu Gamma is the largest national collegiate foreign language honor society of the United States. It is certainly the first foreign language honor society in the United States. Five members of the College foreign language faculty established it on April 29, 1931 at Los Angeles City College.

Alpha Mu Gamma has as its primary purpose the honoring of students for outstanding achievement during their first year of foreign language study in college. However, students may be admitted at any stage in their college careers. Upon initiation, a member receives a parchment certificate of membership and may wear the scroll-shaped gold key or pin.

On the national level, Alpha Mu Gamma sponsors "National Foreign Language Week" the first full week of March of every year. The Society offers annually, on a competitive basis to all students members of Alpha Mu Gamma who are planning continuing study of a foreign language the following scholarships:

  • Three scholarships of $500 (for all languages)
  • one $400 (for the study of French) in conjunction the summer scholarship offered by the University of Laval in Quebec (Canada) to an Alpha Mu Gamma nominated candidate,
  • one $200 (for the study of Esperanto or Spanish).

Member Qualifications:

A candidate for Full Membership of Alpha Mu Gamma, applying through a chapter, shall have completed one of the alternative language requirements:

A) He/she shall offer two final course grades of "A" in two college level courses of the same foreign language

B) A candidate who is a native of non-English speaking country, may offer two final course grades of "A" in college level English or English as a Second Language (ESL).

C) A candidate shall also have attained a minimum accumulative Grade Point Average of "B" in a college level work. Any chapter may adopt for itself higher, but not lower, requirements than those above. Grades offered in satisfaction of the requirements of Section 1, shall be the equivalent of two college level courses of at least three semester hours in the target language.

Advisor Contact Information:

Professor: Maritza Fonseca
Office: Chalon - H512
Phone: Chalon - 310.954.4264

For more information on Alpha Mu Gamma Sigma, please visit their website at


Pi Delta Phi

PI DELTA PHI was founded as a departmental honor society at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1906. After twenty years as a local chapter, Pi Delta Phi declared itself the National French Honor Society and chartered the Beta Chapter at the University of Southern California in 1925.

The Society expanded slowly during the next fifteen years. Since the end of World War II, Pi Delta Phi has enjoyed phenomenal growth. At the present time, it numbers more than 325 chapters established at representative public and private colleges and universities in almost every state, as well as chapters in Paris and Aix-en-Provence.

Our Purpose

The purpose of this Society shall be:

  1. To recognize outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literatures
  2. To increase the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world,
  3. To stimulate and to encourage French and francophone cultural activities.

Membership Eligibility:

Membership in Pi Delta Phi is open to all, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex,
age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or disability, provided that each
candidate meets the academic requirements of the Society. Membership is lifetime.

Regular Membership

1. This category includes undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a
degree program at the sponsoring institution who shall be nominated in recognition of their
academic achievement in at least one semester of upper-division French (i.e. beyond the
intermediate-level series of courses).

2. Candidates for Regular membership shall be of at least
sophomore standing with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in French
courses, a minimum overall grade point average of 2.8 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the top 35% of their class.

Advisor Contact information:

Professor: Dr. Sandra Gamson
Office: H512
Phone: 310.954.4270

For more information on Pi Delta Phi, please visit their website at


Sigma Delta Pi

Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society (La Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica), was established on November 14, 1919, at the University of California in Berkeley. Its insignia is the royal seal of Fernando and Isabel, representing Castille, León and Aragón. The Society's colors are red and gold and its flower is the red carnation and its motto is the Greek phrase "Spanías Didagéi Proágomen" meaning "Let's go forth/continue forth under the teaching/guidance of the Spanish language.

Opportunities to travel on scholarship to Peru or Mexico for a month are available.

The purposes of this society are:

  1. To honor those who attain excellence in the study of the Spanish language and in the study of the literature and culture of the Spanish-speaking peoples;
  2. To honor those who have made the Hispanic contributions to modern culture better known in the English-speaking world;
  3. To encourage college and university students to acquire a greater interest in and a deeper understanding of Hispanic culture;
  4. To foster friendly relations and mutual respect between the nations of Hispanic speech and those of English speech;
  5. To serve its membership in ways which will contribute to the attainment of the goals and ideals of the society.

Membership Eligibility:

Active membership shall be limited to college students who have demonstrated high scholarship in general and excellence in the academic study of Spanish. Specifically, they must meet the following requirements:

  1. Each must have completed three years of study of college-level Spanish (eighteen semester credit hours) or the equivalent thereof, including at least three semester hours of a course in Hispanic literature or Hispanic culture and civilization at the junior (third-year) level. A student may be admitted to active membership while still enrolled in the second junior-level course if all other requirements have been met and if the instructor of the course certifies that the student's work is of "B" or "A" quality.
  2. The candidate for active membership must have a minimal grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale in all Spanish courses taken.
  3. The candidate must rank in the upper 35% of his/her class--sophomore, junior, or senior--and must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work.
  4. Graduate students who have been unconditionally admitted to a degree-granting program may be elected to membership upon completion of two graduate courses in Spanish with an average which, if continued, will make them eligible for a graduate degree.
  5. Sigma Delta Pi does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability.

Advisor Contact Information:

Professor: Maritza Fonseca
Office: Chalon - H512
Phone: Chalon - 310.954.4264

For more information on Sigma Delta Pi, please visit their website at


Korean Club

Mission: The club’s goal is to unite people who have an interest in Korean culture. To explore and experience different aspects of the Korean culture together from creating and tasting different delicacies to watching a variety of shows. We also want to spread a positive perspective of the Korean community. We thrive to dig deeper into the Korean culture together!

Purpose: With its rising popularity, the Korean Culture Club (KCC) seeks to raise awareness of the Korean culture in our community. The KCC hopes to decrease prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination between Korea and America by educating the community. The KCC is dedicated to raising funds for areas in Korea that are in need of resources.

Le Cercle Francophone


  • Commit to improving the multiculturalism of the college by contributing to it the culture of France and other Francophone nations
  • Create an atmosphere at Mount Saint Mary’s University which is educational, informative, and entertaining
  • Further French cultural awareness
  • Recognize and appreciate the values of the French speaking people, heritage, and traditions

Sakura Society

Mission and Purpose:

The mission and purpose of the Sakura Society is the exposure of the Mount Saint Mary’s University community to the Japanese culture and language through the use of popular mediums such as Film, Anime (Japanese Animation), Manga (Comics), video games of Japanese origin, art, and music. Through this, we aim to broaden the overall awareness and appeal of the Mount Saint Mary’s University Community, and to recognize the reactive abilities of MSMU students.