Lambda Iota Tau
Gamma Epsilon Chapter
Lambda Iota Tau (LIT) is a national honor society for literature, whose purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in the study of literature in all languages. LIT was founded at Michigan State University in 1953 and now has over forty-six active chapters with an increasing membership totaling 40,000 students.
At MCLA, members of LIT are students majoring or minoring in English/Communications with a concentration in literature, writing, journalism, broadcast media, public relations and corporate communications, or film studies. To become a member, students must be in the upper 35 percent of their class in cumulative grade point average, have attained at least a full B average in at least twelve semester credit hours, be enrolled in at least their fifth college semester, and have submitted an initiation paper representing their best work thus far.
As members of LIT, students have the opportunity to publish their work in the Lambda Iota Tau annual journal, which includes poems, short stories, essays, and critical analyses written by its members across the country. The best work in each category is awarded a publication prize from the LIT headquarters. In addition, several scholarships are awarded each year to qualifying members who wish to apply through the official LIT headquarters website.
On campus, newly-inducted LIT members are strongly encouraged to make the most out of the organization during their time at MCLA; it is the students' responsibility to uphold what LIT stands for. In the upcoming year, LIT will hold at least two meetings per semester to generate ideas for planning campus-wide events and activities to help promote LIT's organization and the study of literature. Recently, the English/Communications Department and LIT sponsored a trip for over twenty students to visit The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts.
LIT's Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is pleased to induct 34 hardworking students into the chapter this academic year. Students have put significant effort into their studies, and they should be very proud of their accomplishments. For many, this is only the beginning of their academic success in the years to come.
Click here for photos from the 2013 LIT Induction Ceremony.