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Eta Sigma Phi (National Classics Honor Society)

Eta Sigma Phi is the national undergraduate honor society for students of ancient Greek and Latin. Here at Northwestern, Eta Sigma Phi is an active student group that sponsors intellectual and social events, trips to Chicago theaters and museums, free film screenings on campus, and an annual celebration and prize award ceremony.

Nationally, the purposes of Eta Sigma Phi 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 national organization awards scholarships and translation prizes each year, and sponsors a convention in late March. The Beta chapter here at Northwestern offers weekly language tutoring workshops and provides a forum in which students with an interest in Classics can interact with both their professors and their peers outside of class, forming closer, more informal relationships. Students interested in study abroad in Greece or Italy are advised to become active in Eta Sigma Phi. Applicants for membership must have earned at least the grade of 'B' in at least two quarters of Latin and/or ancient Greek.

For more information about the national organization, visit Eta Sigma Phi's website.

For more information about Eta Sigma Phi at Northwestern, please contact HSP's faculty advisor Francesca Tataranni.

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