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 Interdisciplinary 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. 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 (see AIS website). 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 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. 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 3.4 GPA, and complete, with a B+ or higher, the Methods of Interdisciplinary Research course (for graduating seniors, this course can be in progress at time of application). The IDLS Director must nominate you and 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 AIS Application Form, and obtain two faculty recommendations using this AIS Recommendation Form. Return the application form to Dr. Sven Arvidson by email, who is chair of the selection committee. Fellow selection committee members are Dr. Phil Barclift and Dr. Jennifer Schulz (either or both can be recommenders for candidates).
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).
Our IDLS program is the first and only program on the West Coast to qualify for a chapter of the national honor society for interdisciplinary studies. Induction into Alpha Iota Sigma is a prestigious distinction awarded only to the most outstanding students.
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It’s simple! Come to the Program (Casey 4th Floor) and complete a form declaring your major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies. You will be assigned a faculty advisor right away. And you will be encouraged to meet Dr. Sven Arvidson, Director.