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Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist, and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.

Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 578 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, France, and United Arab Emirates. With such a broad, international base, chapter activities vary widely, ranging from invited speakers, group discussions, dinners, meetings, etc., to special projects such as review sessions and tutoring for students in economics.

Omicron Delta Epsilon plays a prominent role in the annual Honors Day celebrations at many colleges and universities. For more information on ODE, go to

Applying for Omicron Delta Epsilon Membership

To become a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, you must apply for membership through the chapter at your school, and you must fulfill the eligibility requirements set out below. The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are:

  1. completion of 12 semester hours of economics courses; and
  2. attainment of at least a “B” average in economics courses and an overall “B” average in all classes.

*Students do not have to be economics majors, but must have a genuine interest in economics in addition to meeting the above requirements.

Graduate students in Economics are judged solely on their graduate work. They must have completed one semester of full time work, with attainment of a “B” or better average.

The Economics department is currently in the process reactivating its chapter of ODE. Please email Dr. Adrienne Ohler for more information.