Undergraduate Programs

Lambda Pi Eta – COMS Honor Society

The Department of Communication is proud to support a chapter of the national Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society. This honor society recognizes the top students in the communication discipline at the local, regional, and national level. Applications for new members are accepted during the first month of each academic semester.

What is Lambda Pi Eta? It is the National Communication Association’s Honor Society for undergraduate majors and minors in communication as well as select graduate students, and it represents what Aristotle described in Rhetoric as the three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics. Lambda Pi Eta follows six goals that exemplify the three ingredients of persuasion:

  1. Recognize, foster and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  2. Stimulate interest in the field of communication.
  3. Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors.
  4. Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  5. Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students.
  6. Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.

Eligibility requirements for induction are:

  • Minimum of 60 hours of overall college credit
  • Minimum of 12 hours of credit in communication courses (exclusive of COMS 100)
  • Minimum of a 3.0 overall university GPA
  • Minimum of a 3.25 COMS department GPA (must be emphasis declared major to be eligible)
  • Student should not be enrolled in the final semester of her or his undergraduate work

The cost for becoming a member of the NIU chapter of Lambda Pi Eta is $60 for the first academic year. After the first year, members pay $25 per academic year for their annual dues.

Meetings for the group are on late Wednesday afternoons.

If you meet or exceed the minimum requirements above and would like to become a member of an elite group of COMS students, please complete the application and return it to Watson Hall 209. Dues will be collected once you have been accepted. Actual induction happens each spring at the O’Connell awards ceremony.