The goals of Lambda Pi Eta are to:
- recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement in communication studies,
- stimulate interest in the field of communication
- promote and encourage professional development among communication majors,
- provide an opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas in the field of communication,
- establish and maintain closer relationships and mutual understanding between Communication Studies faculty and students, and
- explore options for graduate education in communication studies.
Lambda Pi Eta was initiated by students in the Department of Communications at the University of Arkansas, at Fayetteville, and then endorsed by the faculty and founder, Dr. Stephen A. Smith, in 1985. Lambda Pi Eta became a national society in 1987, and was affiliated with the National Communication Association in 1988. It became the official communication honor society of the NCA in 1995.