International Studies Honor Society

Sigma Iota Rho was founded in 1985, and the International Studies program at UW Oshkosh is proud to be among the founders.  UW Oshkosh hosts Gamma Chapter, the third chapter of Sigma Iota Rho created. There are approximately 120 chapters of Sigma Iota Rho at universities throughout the United States.

The Naming of Sigma Iota Rho

Sigma Iota Rho reflects three characteristics that are necessary for any nation to conduct a successful foreign policy.

Sigma stands for ‘synesi’, meaning ‘prudence’
Iota stands for ‘ideosi’, meaning ‘ideals’
Rho stands for ‘romi’, meaning ‘power’


Qualifications for membership

  • Students must be in junior standing
  • Completion of 21 credits in courses giving credit in International Studies
  • At least 2 of these credits must be in upper level (300-400 level) courses
  • A cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or better
  • A grade point average in courses giving credit in International Studies of 3.4 or better
  • Demonstrated competence in a foreign language, measured by completion of the BA requirement (2 years) of courses in a foreign language