Sigma Iota Rho (ΣIR)

Sigma Iota Rho is an interdisciplinary honor society recognizing students specializing in the field of international studies. The purpose of the organization is to promote and reward scholarship and service among students and practitioners of international studies, international relations, and global studies and to foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of world affairs.
The Greek letters stand for the following Greek words:

Sigma - Σ "synesi," meaning Prudence;
Iota - Ι "ideosi," meaning Ideals; and
Rho - R "romi," meaning Power;

These three qualities are essential for the conduct of successful foreign policy and signify some of the most important values studied by those in the field.

Undergraduate membership is elected from among juniors and seniors of the Institute who meet or exceed the following qualifications:

  • Have completed course work in international studies including internationally related courses in anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines.

  • Have attained a Junior standing and completed at least twenty (20) hours of course work toward the International Affairs major, including at least two courses at the 300 or 400 level.

  • Have attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher in all courses, and a grade point average of at least 3.3 in international affairs courses.


There have been more than 100 undergraduate student-members of Sigma Iota Rho since the Institute's establishment.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Charles Bukowski