Professional, Academic, Service, Honorary, and Special Interest Fraternities and Sororities
Joining a Professional, Academic, Service, Honorary, and/or Special Interest Fraternities and Sororities
At WVU, we have a number of fraternal organizations that are focused on a particular academic major, professional field of interest, community service or other special interests. Each organization has its own membership requirements, which may include a GPA threshold, specific major requirement or service hour minimum. See below for a definition of each kind of organization:
Professional Fraternity or Sorority- Typically reserved for students wishing to enter a particular profession (such as Business Administration, Agriculture, Engineering, etc.). Professional fraternities and sororities may or may not be exclusive to students in a particular major. Some are co-educational and some are single-gender organizations.
Academic Fraternity or Sorority- These organizations are restrictive to a particular major. For example, if a student is majoring in Biology, they wish to join Beta Psi Omega which is focused on the study of Biology. Many students who are "pre-med" or "pre-law" join these kinds of organizations. These organizations are very similar to Professional Fraternities and Sororities.
Service Fraternity or Sorority- These fraternal organizations are focused on the principle of service and typically engage in community service throughout the semester. At WVU, we have a co-educational service fraternity and a female-only service sorority.
Honorary Organization- Honor Societies recognize high academic achievement in particular fields of study or other special interests. For example, if a student majoring in Political Science earns a particular GPA in his or her Junior or Senior year, then he or she may receive an invitation to join the Political Science Honor Society
Special-Interest Fraternities and Sororities- These organizations bring together students of a particular interest such as music, being in the marching band or being an Eagle Scout. These organizations tend not to be restrictive for membership by major.
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