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Department of Economics
J. Farley Staniec, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair
3601 Pacific Ave.
Stockton, CA 95211

Omicron Delta Epsilon

The objectives of Pacific’s Omicron Delta Epsilon are:

  • recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics;

  • establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities,

  • 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.

History of Omicron Delta Epsilon:

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 Untied States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Egypt, and France.

The minimum requirements for admission for undergraduates are:

  • completion of 12 semester hours of economics courses; and

  • attainment of at least a "B" average (3.00 GPA) in economics courses and an overall "B" average (3.00 GPA) 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.

A life-membership fee is paid by each prospective member of Omicron Delta Epsilon upon election to the Society. In return, the member receives a membership card, scroll, and a year's subscription (two issues) to The American Economist.