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. 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 (excluding 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

Please contact Dr. Laura Vazquez (lvazquez@niu.edu) for more information regarding membership.

Contact Us

Department of Communication
Watson Hall 210
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1563
815-753-7109 (Fax)

Department Chair

Mehdi Semati, Ph.D.
815-753-7028
msemati@niu.edu