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What is Eta Phi?

Eta Phi is the University of Colorado Boulder Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta. Lambda Pi Eta (LPH) is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. Lambda Pi Eta represents what Aristotle described in 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.

As an accredited member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), Lambda Pi Eta has nearly 600 active chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. LPH became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988 and the official honor society of the NCA in July 1995. Eta Phi goals are those of other LPH Chapters of the National Communication Association:

Goals of Eta Phi

  • 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
  • Establish networks between faculty and students
  • Explore options for further graduate studies


To join Eta Phi, students must have:

  • Completed at least 60 semester hours total,
  • Completed at least 12 semester hours in Communication,
  • A cumulative GPA of at least 3.0,
  • A Communication GPA of at least 3.25, and
  • Full time registration status.

If you’re interested in joining, please send an email to Ace Eckstein (

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For more information see the National LPH Webiste:
National Communication Association – Lambda Pi Eta