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Dean’s List

A student is placed on the Dean’s List for a GPA of 3.75 or higher for the quarter (not the cumulative GPA).

Departmental Distinction

Each department may designate no more than 5% of its graduating seniors as graduating with departmental distinction.  This honor is entered on the transcript. A minimum GPA of 3.67 is required to be considered for this honor.

Honors Thesis 

Communication sciences & disorders, communication studies, performance studies, and theatre (including dance) have honors programs in which students take an honors seminar and/or write a thesis. Contact your academic advisor for more information. You should begin discussing doing an honors thesis with your advisor in the fall of your junior year. Some of the programs require you to apply for the honors program in the winter quarter of junior year.  Department honors, when successfully completed and approved by your faculty advisors, is entered on the transcript.

Latin Honors 

The top 5% of the graduating class in the School of Communication determined by cumulative GPA are awarded degrees summa cum laude; the next 8% are awarded magna cum laude; and the next 12% are designated cum laude.

Lambda Pi Eta

The top 25% of the graduating class in each division of the school determined by cumulative GPA are invited to join Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association’s Honors Society. Members of the honors society are eligible to wear Lambda Pi Eta honor cords at convocation and commencement. 

In addition to wearing honors cords, members of Lambda Pi Eta are eligible to submit papers for consideration for inclusion in the society’s Undergraduate Journal and in special Lambda Pi Eta sessions at the National Communication Association’s annual conference. Members also have access to Experience, an online job search database specifically geared towards careers in communication. For more information, visit the society’s website at