Omicron Delta Epsilon Honor Society

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) is the international honor society devoted to the field of economics.

Objectives: The objectives of the Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) are:

  • the 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
  • the sponsoring of panels at professional meetings, as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.


Omicron Delta Epsilon, one of the world's largest academic honor societies, was created through the merger of two honor societies, Omicron Delta Gamma and Omicron Chi Epsilon. Omicron Delta Gamma (the Order of Artus) was founded in 1915 by John R. Commons, University of Wisconsin, and Frank Taussig, Harvard University. Omicron Chi Epsilon was founded in 1955 by Alan A. Brown while he was a student at the City College of New York. Omicron Delta Epsilon has over 560 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt and France.

Admission requirements:

The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are: must be a declared major in economics or international relations, must be in junior standing (90 to 134.99 units completed), must have completed 12 upper division units of economics course work with an overall 3.0 GPA in this course work, and must have an overall UC GPA of 3.0.

Application procedure:

Come to the Economics Undergraduate Office (2216 SSH) and put your name, student ID and major on the Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) list and return in a few days. Your academic record will be checked to make sure you have met the requirements. After your membership has been approved, you will fill out a membership application form and pay a life-membership fee of $40 with a $3 processing fee. In return, the member receives a membership card, certificate and a year's subscription (two issues) to The American Economist. Make sure the address on the application is an address we can send the ODE certificate. The membership application forms are mailed at the end of each quarter from the Economics Department to ODE. After these applications are processed, ODE will send to the Economics Department your certificate and any other items you ordered (key or pin). The department will then mail the certificate to the address listed on the membership application form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Economics Undergraduate Office at 530-752-0741.