Eta Sigma Phi is a Classics Honorary Society for students of Latin and/or Greek. The purpose of the society as stated in its Constitution is “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 relationships; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art, and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”
Eta Sigma Phi is open to all students who (1) have completed or are enrolled in Latin II or Greek II at the University of Pittsburgh and (2) carry a ‘B’ average in already completed courses in Latin and/or Greek. You do NOT have to be a Classics major to join Eta Sigma Phi. There is also a one-time initiation fee of $20 to be collected from members after their acceptance to the society.
Members of Eta Sigma Phi are eligible for two national scholarships for study abroad in the summer, one to the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and the other to the American Academy in Rome. The value of each scholarship is approximately $1500 plus a tuition waver by the schools abroad. There are also nationally sponsored translation contests in Latin and Greek which carry cash prizes.
You can print the application (PDF) form from the website , or you can obtain application forms from the Classics Department, 1501 Cathedral of Learning. If you would like more information, please contact Dr. John Newell.