Communication Studies


Lambda Pi Eta (LPH)

This is the Official Communication Studies honor society of the National Communication Association.

Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in his book, Rhetoric, as the three artistic proofs of persuasion: Logos (Lambda) meaning logic, Pathos (Pi) relating to emotion, and Ethos (Eta) defined as character credibility and ethics.

LPH is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), whose mission is to build a visibly cohesive community of national and international honor societies, individually and collaboratively exhibiting excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.

Below are the six goals of Lambda Pi Eta:

  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

Students are invited to join if they are a declared Communication Studies major and achieve the following:

  • Have completed 60 units or more of college credit and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Have completed 12 units of communication studies courses at Chico State andhave a major GPA of 3.25 or higher

Upon invitation, students pay a one-time membership fee and receive a certificate, pin, and honors cord to wear at graduation.

Latin Honors

These are determined by the Dean of the College of Communication and Education. The College of Communication and education graduates students in the following areas:  Communication Studies, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Journalism and Public Relations, Media Arts & Technology, Kinesiology and Exercise Physiology, Liberal Studies and Recreation, Hospitality and Parks Management. Recipients of this award receive a medallion to wear at graduation and are awarded in the classroom among their peers.

Summa Cum Laude – Top 1% of graduating students in the College of Communication and Education.

Magna Cum Laude – Top 3% of graduating seniors in the College of Communication and Education

Cum Laude – Top 5% of graduating seniors in the College of Communication and Education