Senior of the Year
Each year we recognize one student for academic achievement both in communication studies and in their general and other studies at Westmont. Typically, the senior of the year has achieved a near-perfect GPA in communication courses, but contributions to the department and fellow students are considered as well.
Lambda Pi Eta
Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association (NCA). As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Lambda Pi Eta has over 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.
Westmont students are invited to join when they've completed at least 60 units overall, at least 12 com units, have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.25, and are ranked in the top 1/3 of their class (in recent years, the cut-off for the top third of the class is a 3.5 GPA).
In-course honors are sometimes offered by the professor. If offered, you will do a bit of extra reading, meet more frequently with the professor and other students, and do some additional work in the class. When you complete in-course honors, it is noted on your transcript. You might ask, if the course is challenging already, why make it harder? Perhaps another way to view in-course honors might be, "I am already deeply interested in this subject -- I wonder how much more I can learn?"
Some students are motivated by doing high level research, writing, and working somewhat independently. If you desire to go above and beyond what you'd be expected to do in the classroom, or you have a particular research interest, talk to one of your professors about completing an honors thesis. This is especially encouraged if you plan to go to graduate school.
Lambda Pi Eta Members: 2013
Scholarships & Fellowships After Westmont
There are many scholarship and fellowship opportunities for Westmont graduates, especially for those considering graduate school. Imagine yourself a Fullbright Scholar or a Javitz or Lilly Fellow. Start with this list: http://www.westmont.edu/_offices/provost/postgrad-fellowships.html
Phi Kappa Phi is the honor society open to all majors at Westmont College, and sponsor of both lectures and banquets honoring scholarship and the love of learning. http://www.westmont.edu/_academics/phi_kappa_phi/
Honors at Commencement are awarded based on cumulative GPA. If you are a member of Lambda Pi Eta, you may choose to wear an honor cord with your commencement robe; this is in addition to honor cords for cum laude awards. http://www.westmont.edu/_offices/commencement/honors.html
Lambda Pi Eta Members: 2012
Lambda Pi Eta Members: 2011