Lambda Pi Eta

About Lambda

Lambda Pi Eta is the official honor society for students of Communication. We are directly affiliated with the National Communication Association (NCA). We are the sibling organization of Sigma Chi Eta, the national communication honor society for community colleges.

Lambda Pi Eta was founded at the University of Arkansas in 1985. Our affiliation with the NCA began three years later, and in July of 1995, we became the official NCA honorary. We are accredited by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Today, over 400 chapters of Lambda have been chartered at colleges and universities across the nation and the world.

Our greek letters represent Aristotle's three ingredients of persuasion - Logos (Lambda; logic), Pathos (Pi; of or relating to emotion), and Ethos (Eta; character, integrity, credibility and personal ethics) - which are still considered by many scholars to be the foundation of the Communication discipline.

The Official Goals of Lambda Pi Eta:

  1. To recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  2. To stimulate interest in the field of communication.
  3. To promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.
  4. To provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  5. To establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students.
  6. To explore options for graduate studies in communication.

How to Join

In order to be eligible for membership in Lambda, students must:

  • Be Communication majors.
  • Have earned at least 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Have earned at least 12 of these hours in Communication coursework.
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA overall.
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA in the major.
  • Be a registered full-time student in good academic standing.

A solid background of co-curricular, community, and/or professional involvement in the field of communication is favored among Lambda applicants.

To apply:

Contact the Department of Communication -- located in Blake B -- for more information and an application, or email Dr. Harrigan.

The chapter induction ceremony is held once a year in the fall.