Lambda Pi Eta is the national honorary society for undergraduate students in Communication who achieve excellence in their studies within the communication discipline. Its title is derived from Aristotle's three rhetorical proofs: Logos (logic), Pathos (emotion), and Ethos (character and credibility) that communication students learn about in their argumentation courses.

Lambda Pi Eta began in 1985, when students in the Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas created the first chapter. In 1995, the National Communication Association established Lambda Pi Eta as the official national communication honor society for undergraduates. A year later, Lambda Pi Eta was inducted into the Association of College Honor Societies. Our department adopted our own chapter in 2008, joining the over 400 Lambda Pi Eta chapters worldwide.

Lambda Pi Eta aims to:

  • Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement;
  • Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
  • Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
  • Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
  • Establish and maintain close relationships and mutual understanding between faculty and students;
  • Explore options for further graduate education.

Seniors will be invited for induction based on their overall record which must include a 3.30 cumulative grade point average, and a 3.5 in Communication major coursework. For more information, please contact Professor Brian Quick, the chapter's faculty advisor:

Office: 3001 Lincoln Hall. Phone: 217-333-3617 Email: bquick@illinois.edu