Sigma Iota Rho

National honor society for international studies

Sigma Iota Rho Seal

Sigma Iota Rho was established in 1987 to recognize outstanding achievement in the field of international studies. Membership in Sigma Iota Rho is intended not only to enhance the credentials of its members, but also to encourage a lifelong support for education, service, and occupational activities that create a better understanding of the world we live in. Members are encouraged to “think globally, act locally” in their scholastic and professional activities, as well as their personal pursuits.

The Beta Eta chapter at Manhattan College was founded in 1999.


To qualify for membership, undergraduates must have:

  • junior standing with a minimum of 15 credits in the international studies major
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3
  • a minimum GPA of 3.5 in the international studies major or minor
  • a proficiency in a modern foreign language


David Shefferman, Ph.D.