Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA) and is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Since its foundation at the University of Arkansas in 1985, the society has grown to include more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide. The letters L, P, and E represent what Aristotle described in his book Rhetoric, as the 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 in communication studies and encourages the professional development of communication majors.
To be eligible to join the Salem State University chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, Sigma Omega, students must major in communications and have earned a minimum of 60 total credits and 12 communication credits, with a minimum of a 3.125 overall GPA and a 3.25 GPA in the major. The communications department invites eligible students to join on an annual basis.