College of Arts and Sciences
Liberal Studies Department

Alpha Iota Sigma Honor Society

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
    Honor Society

    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.

    AlphaIotaSigma_logoOur Liberal Studies Program is the first and only Bachelor's degree on the West Coast to qualify for a chapter of the Alpha Iota Sigma honor society for its majors. 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 (see The mission of Alpha Iota Sigma is to recognize the academic scholarship and achievements of interdisciplinary students at the undergraduate level. Members have the opportunity to be acknowledged for their outstanding scholarly achievements, community engagement, and leadership in solving complex problems. For more information see the honor society site

    AIS Honor Society Awards Case

    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. For example, Alpha Iota Sigma has a Facebook page to facilitate communication and promote member activities.

    Requirements. To become an honor student you must have junior or senior standing, maintain a cumulative 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the major, and complete the LBST Methods of Interdisciplinary Research course. Two faculty (at least one in the Program) must recommend you for this honor.

    How to Apply. If you are eligible for Alpha Iota Sigma membership, please fill out the application form, and obtain two faculty recommendations using this recommendation form. Return the application form to Dr. Sven Arvidson, Casey 430, who is chair of the selection committee. Fellow selection committee members are Dr. Phil Barclift, Dr. Christine Mower, and Dr. Jennifer Schulz.

    Should your application be approved, a one-time induction fee of $30.00 ($20 membership fee plus $10 honors cord) will be required by the National Headquarters to officially induct your AIS membership (further instruction will be included in the application approval letter). Eligible seniors will need to submit the application and induction fee by April 30 for the official induction.

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    Declaring a Major in
    Liberal Studies

    It’s simple! Come to the Liberal Studies Program (Casey 4th Floor) and complete a form declaring your major in Liberal Studies. You will be assigned a faculty advisor right away. And you will be encouraged to meet Dr. Sven Arvidson, Director of Liberal Studies.

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