Honors Societies

National collegiate honors societies

Each year, high-achieving Media School students are invited to join academic honors organizations, including Kappa Tau Alpha, Alpha Delta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa and Lambda Pi Eta.

Although each has its own requirements for membership, all recognize academic excellence and outstanding achievement at the collegiate level.

Alpha Delta Sigma Honor Society is a national honor society sponsored by the American Advertising Federation that recognizes academic achievement in advertising studies.

ADS is the only national, professional advertising honorary society in American higher education. Students who are dues-paying members of AAF and demonstrate high academic achievement are inducted into the society during their junior or senior year.

The national chapter was founded in 1913, and the IU chapter was established in 2015.

Kappa Tau Alpha is a national college honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication.

Membership into the society is earned through academic achievement and is a mark of highest distinction and honor. The membership benefits include national recognition for academic excellence, lifetime membership, certificate of membership and a keypin.

The national organization was founded in 1910, and the IU chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha was established in 2011.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 and is the nation’s oldest honor society for students in arts and sciences.

The organization is a distinguished and exclusive society that honors successful liberal arts students at IU and across the country.

The membership benefits of Phi Beta Kappa include lectureships, scholarships, two quarterly publications and a lifetime network of more than 500,000 accomplished members throughout the nation.


Contact Dave Groobert, director of the honors program.