Lambda Pi Eta


Lambda Pi Eta was initiated by the students of the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, and was then endorsed by the faculty and founder, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, in 1985. Lambda Pi Eta became a national society in 1987, affiliated with the National Communication Association in 1988, and became the official National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association in 1995. Emporia State University's Xi Sigma Chapter was approved on May 17, 2002, by the national office and received ESU organizational recognition on October 10, 2002. 


The purposes of the Communication Honor Society are as follows:

  • To recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies;
  • To stimulate interest in the field of communication;
  • To promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
  • To provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
  • To establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between speech communication studies faculty and students;
  • To explore options for graduate education in  
  • communication studies. 


To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 60 semester credit hours in undergraduate credit courses; have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0; have completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in courses in communication and have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 in these courses. Students must also rank in the top 35% of their graduating class and be enrolled full-time in good standing in the program with an active chapter.