Lambda Pi Eta


LAMBDA PI ETA was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has over 400 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide and is the official communication studies society of the National Communication Association (NCA). The Pi Beta chapter was chartered at SDSU in 2003. The letters Lambda Pi Eta represent Aristotle’s three ingredients of persuasion: Logos (logic), Pathos (emotion), and Ethos (character, credibility, and ethics). 

The purpose of Lambda Pi Eta is to recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; stimulate interest in the field of communication; promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas about the field of communication; establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students; and explore options for graduate studies.  

Applicants must have completed 60 semester credit hours, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, have at least a 3.25 GPA for all communication studies courses, have completed the equivalent of 12 semester credit hours in communication courses, and be enrolled as a student in good standing. Applicants must also display a commitment to the field of communication. Among the society’s activities are chapter meetings; sponsored social events with members, faculty, and professionals within the field; community service philanthropic activities benefiting the San Diego chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association; and an Annual Rose Banquet. 

The chapter adviser is:

Dr. Lourdes S. Martinez
School of Communication
COMM 220
[email protected]

For further information, please contact the organization directly at [email protected], or visit the national website at