Communication and Social Influence Student Opportunities

As a Communication and Social Influence student in the Klein College of Media and Communication, you will have access to student and professional organizations including

Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Club

The Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Club’s motto is “Question Everything, Stand for Something.” The club promotes that by facilitating discussion about social and political issues; providing networking opportunities for like-minded students; and exploring a variety of issues related to activism, public campaigns, social change, social movements and social justice. The club exposes students to hands-on experience by helping with campus-based advocacy efforts, hosting speakers, staying abreast of cutting-edge advocacy trends and conducting other activities. It is open to all students, regardless of their majors.

The Rhetoric and Public Advocacy Club

  • advocates for personal, political or organizational goals.
  • analyzes various forms of both private and public communication.
  • creates, organizes and delivers messages that inform, persuade and inspire.
  • develops means of communicating with target audiences.
  • gains a better understanding of local, national and international affairs.
  • critically engages in issues of cultural identity, ethical communication and social justice.

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Lambda Pi Eta

Lambda Pi Eta is the official communication studies honor society of the National Communication Association. As a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, Lambda Pi Eta has more than 400 active chapters at four-year colleges and universities worldwide.

Lambda Pi Eta was founded in 1985 at the University of Arkansas. It became a part of the National Communication Association in 1988 and the official honor society of the association in July 1995.

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.

Lamda Pi Eta

  • establishes and maintains closer relationships between faculty and students.
  • explores options for graduate education in communication studies.
  • promotes and encourages professional development among communication majors.
  • provides an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication.
  • recognizes, fosters and rewards outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies.
  • stimulates interest in the communication discipline.


Communication and Social Influence majors complete at least three credits of experience through an internship, field experience or directed research before they graduate. This type of experience provides them with specific professional or research experience and the opportunity to make valuable professional and academic connections.