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Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society

Human Sciences

Kappa Omicron Nu is the leading honor society for students in the human sciences. It was established on February 21, 1990 by the consolidation of Kappa Omicron Phi and Omicron Nu. Kappa Omicron Nu chapters are located in colleges and universities that offer a strong human sciences program. 

Chapter members are undergraduate and graduate students who major in one of the specializations and meet the high standards of scholarship. The professional category of membership includes alumni of college chapters and faculty and others not previously initiated into Kappa Omicron Nu or its predecessor societies. Candidates must have earned one or more degrees in the human sciences or are working in the field and have the minimum class rank as a student.

The mission of Kappa Omicron Nu is empowered leaders who use an integrative approach to enhance quality of living through excellence in scholarship, leadership, and research. Kappa Omicron Nu values recognition, reward, advancement, and strong affiliation networks. These ends enhance the ability of the organization and chapters to prepare scholars and researchers as leaders for the 21st century.

Kappa Omicron Nu provides not only recognition and honor but also lifelong opportunities for networking, personal growth, and professional growth through education and service. Membership identifies you throughout your life as one who has a distinguished academic record and potential as a professional. Employers recognize the Kappa Omicron Nu key as a mark of excellence and will look to you for leadership. 

As a member you can participate in local and national activities to enhance your leadership and management skills. Chapter activities are designed to integrate co-curricular and academic goals through collaboration with faculty and campus/community organizations.

Kappa Omicron Nu provides on-line information and education to enhance your career planning and professional development. By accepting an invitation to membership you will be joining an association of peers, and through local, national, and on-line activities Kappa Omicron Nu can serve your unique needs throughout life.


Definition of Human Sciences
Benefits of Membership Membership Eligibility
History Fees
Constitution Boards and Committees
Frequently Asked Questions Chapter List
A Matter of Ethics Social Responsibility

Kappa Omicron Nu is a member of the Association of College of Honor Societies (ACHS). The mission of ACHS is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance. 


studentsNational Initiatives

  • Scholar Program - National grants to chapters for local scholarships.
  • Undergraduate Research Program - National research teams, research conference, and on-line journal.
  • Fellowships - Awards for master's and doctoral study and research.
  • Research/Project Grants - Awards targeted to the Kappa Omicron Nu research agenda
  • Award Program - Awards for members, advisers, and chapters.
  • Kappa Omicron Nu FORUM - Refereed, thematic scholarly journal.
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Dialogue - Newsletter of articles featuring issues, program themes, announcements, and awards.
  • Kappa Omicron Nu Spotlight - On-line newsletter.
  • Collegiate Member Newsletter - On-line newsletter.
  • On-line Courses - Leadership, Self-managed Mentoring.
  • Program Activities - Priorities to coordinate local and national effort include Seven Wonders of the Socially Responsible World, Commitment to Writing, Ethical Dimensions of the Scholar, Mentoring: The Human Touch, Leadership: Reflective Human Action.
  • Conclave - Held in alternate years to govern the society, provide leadership training, and explore current issues.

Renewal of Membership

Guidelines for Establishing a New Chapter

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