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Cabrini Professor Marilyn Johnson, PhD, in front of class

Lambda Iota Tau

Lambda Iota Tau (LIT) is the national honor society for literature, and Cabrini’s chapter is Beta Sigma. Its purpose is to recognize and promote excellence in the study of literature of all languages.

Founded at Michigan State University in 1953, LIT has approximately 50 active chapters and more than 40,000 members.

  • On a national level, LIT publishes its annual journal, Lambda Iota Tau, as a showcase of some of the best creative and critical writing by our members.
  • In addition, the national organization awards several publication prizes and scholarships each year. 

Members of LIT are majors or minors in literature, no matter what language. All members must present an initiation paper on a literary topic or of a creative nature. 

  • Undergraduates must be in the upper 35 percent of their class in cumulative grade average and have attained at least a B+ average in at least 12 credit hours of literature and all prerequisites thereto. 
  • Graduate students must have an A- average and completed one semester.

Benefits of membership include the following: 

  • recognition at Spring Departmental Honors event 
  • an item for your resumé 
  • points on the Federal Service Entrance Examination 
  • opportunity to publish works in the literary journal 
  • a membership card, a decal, and a certificate suitable for framing 

For more information about the Beta Sigma chapter of Lambda Iota Tau, please contact:

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