Omicron Delta Epsilon (Όμικρον Δέλτα Έψιλον in Greek) is the international honor society in the field of economics. The honor society was created in 1963, as a merger between Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. Currently, there are approximately 700 active chapters of ODE worldwide, located in 12 countries including the United States, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Egypt, France, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Scotland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and West Indies.
In the United States, there are chapters of ODE in 50 states and 3 territories. ODE inducts approximately 4,000 members each year, and has more than 100,000 living lifetime members.
The primary purpose of ODE is to recognize outstanding academic achievement in economics, especially at the undergraduate level. The presence of an ODE chapter is an indication to the public at large of the existence of a high quality program in Economics.
Allegheny College has been home to a chapter of ODE since 2004. Our chapter was revitalized in 2017 by Associate Professor, Dr. John Golden, and former student and CBE fellow, Samantha Bretz ’18. We are very honored to be one of the active chapters of ODE. Out of 166 four-year colleges in the state of Pennsylvania, Allegheny is one of the 45 active chapters. Our chapter primarily functions as an honor society to recognize student achievement.
Students are invited to join the society each Spring if they meet the academic criteria set by the international organization. The minimum requirements for admission are completion of 12 credit hours of economics courses, attainment of a GPA of 3.0 or better in economics courses, and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
Every Spring, the Bruce R. Thompson Center for Business and Economics hosts an induction ceremony with an invited speaker to formally welcome those who accept the invitation to join.