Alpha Iota Sigma

Alpha Iota Sigma is the international organization established to recognize outstanding academic achievement in the field of Interdisciplinary Studies. Induction into Alpha Iota Sigma is a prestigious distinction awarded only to the most outstanding students. 

Our Liberal Studies Department is excited to provide this opportunity for our majors.  Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies majors must meet the academic requirements of the honor society, together with endorsements by faculty members, to be selected to induction into this respected society.

Alpha Iota Sigma is part of the flagship organization for interdisciplinary scholarship, the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS), founded 1979. The mission of Alpha Iota Sigma is to recognize the academic scholarship and achievements of interdisciplinary students at the undergraduate level to:

  • promote the benefits of interdisciplinary work;
  • provide a forum to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration among students and faculty;
  • investigate and encourage methods of interdisciplinary learning;
  • enhance understanding and application of interdisciplinary knowledge among the general public;
  • create a sense of community among interdisciplinary students and graduates of interdisciplinary programs.

 Members have the opportunity to be acknowledged for their outstanding scholarly achievements, community engagement, and/or leadership abilities. For more information see the honor society site Alpha Iota Sigma.

Benefits. Membership enhances academic credentials through public recognition, including a certificate attesting to your induction, and graduation regalia such as honor cord, medal or pin. Honors students will have an opportunity to present at the annual AIS conference which hosts a panel of honor student work. You will also be able to connect with other honor students, forging a network from across the country.

Requirements. To become an honor student, you must have junior or senior standing, maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA, or higher.  Students must be nominated by the department for membership.  Additionally, students must obtain recommendation letters from faculty as part of application process.