Honors and Honors Society
Departmental Honors Process
College policy for earning honors requires maintaining a GPA of 3.5 overall and a GPA of 3.5 or above in the major.
At the end of each academic year, the department will encourage students with junior standing to apply for honors. Those students interested in pursuing honors will be encouraged to work with a faculty mentor of their choosing over the summer on an honors project, which will be completed during their senior year.
Each honors project will have three components.
- It must be a piece of original scholarship;
- It must have gone through significant revision to achieve a high standard of excellence; and
- It must be presented to a scholarly audience outside of the RHMS department. This may take any number of forms, including a presentation at a local or national conference, or a presentation to the broader Lewis and Clark community (e.g., Festival of Scholars, campus wide symposia, etc.).
In considering honors, you might take a paper or video essay you have already produced in a 300- or 400-level class and work with a faculty mentor (the instructor in the course or another faculty member with different kinds of expertise) to continue to develop it into an honors-worthy product. Alternatively, there may be a course for which you are registered in the fall (capstone or another 300- or 400-level course) where you could start a project that you continue to revise through the spring (RHMS 499 Independent Study credit will be available as appropriate to support work throughout your senior year).
In other words, your honors project can be, but doesn’t have to be, the same as your capstone final project. For some students, their interests, faculty availability, and the timing of the capstone may converge in such a way that significant work on an honors project can occur, in part, through a capstone course. We wish to open up another possibility, however, in which the honors project is distinct from the capstone project and might be developed out of a paper written for another RHMS course and conducted with a different faculty mentor than the instructor of your capstone class. Regardless of what you decide with respect to honors, all RHMS majors, including honors students, must still complete a capstone course (including the required final assignment and departmental presentation) as a requirement for the major.
If you are interested in pursuing honors, we encourage you to begin soon the process of consulting with a possible RHMS faculty mentor about whatever option you choose to pursue. Securing a faculty mentor in your junior year will give you the summer to get a head start on completing an excellent project. We also anticipate that no faculty member would take on more than two honors projects a year, so contacting someone early gives you the best chance of ensuring that a desired mentor is available.
If you have any questions about the honors process please feel free to contact your RHMS advisor or the RHMS chair.
Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the National Communication Association’s official honor society at four-year colleges and universities. As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. Lewis & Clark hosts the Tau Pi chapter.
LPH represents what Aristotle described in The Rhetoric as 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 recognizes, fosters, and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement while stimulating interest in the communication discipline.
LPH Tau Pi is a group of Rhetoric & Media Studies majors working together to foster a cohesive and collaborative environment within the major, uphold the goals of Lambda Pi Eta, and put together events that celebrate the rhetorical tradition.
The Six Goals of Lambda Pi Eta:
- Recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies;
- Stimulate interest in the field of communication;
- Promote and encourage professional development among communication majors;
- Provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication;
- Establish and maintain closer relationships between faculty and students; and
- Explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
The first group of Lambda Pi Eta Tau Pi students were inducted (in style) on February 27th, 2015.
Do you qualify?
To be eligible for admission, undergraduate students must meet the following criteria:
- Complete 60 semester credit-hours (90 quarter credit-hours)
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses taken
- Complete the equivalent of 12 semester credit-hours (18 quarter credit-hours) in communication studies
- Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 for all communication studies courses
- Currently be enrolled as a student in good standing, as determined by the institution’s policies
- Rank within the highest thirty-five percent of one’s class in general scholarship.