Types & Requirements

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Adjunct membership (proposed)

Adjunct membership is proposed in response to the need to recognize the outstanding contribution and interest of some sophomore students in our chapters.  Unlike other types of memberships that are lifetime, adjunct membership is limited to sophomore and junior students only.  Adjunct members do not qualify to run for an office.  In order to be considered for adjunct membership, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed course work in international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines.
  • Attained a sophomore standing and completed at least twelve (12) hours of course work towards International Relations major or minor.
  • Demonstrated interest in Sigma Iota Rho through active participation in the Chapter activities.
  • Plan to attain full membership upon qualification.

(b)    Undergraduate membership

Undergraduate members are the driving force behind the success of the chapter.  It is their energy and commitment combined with the experience of the faculty advisor that help fulfill the mission of Sigma Iota Rho.  In order to qualify for undergraduate membership, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed course work in international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines;
  • Attained a junior standing and completed at least twenty-one (21) hours of course work toward the International Relations major or minor, including at least two courses at the 300 or 400 levels;
  • Attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all courses, and a grade point average of at least 3.4 in international relations courses;
  • Must maintain full-time student status of at least twelve (12) hours to be a voting member or hold an office.

(c) Graduate student membership

With their experience and undergraduate work completed, graduate student members are a much added benefit to Sigma Iota Rho Chapters.  In order to qualify for graduate membership, students must meet the following criteria:

  • In a graduate program which focuses on international studies including courses in relevant subject areas of anthropology, economics, foreign languages, geography, history, political science, and other related disciplines.
  • Completed one semester of graduate level work in the aforementioned area.
  • Attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.3 or higher in all courses, and a grade point average of at least 3.4 in international relations courses;
  • Must maintain full-time student status to be a voting member or hold an office.

(d)    Faculty membership

Faculty membership is an important guiding and directional force in the life of the SIR chapter.  Any interested member of the faculty involved in the teaching of courses giving credit in International Relations may be elected to faculty membership by the local chapter, subject to approval by the national office. Faculty members shall possess all the privileges of membership except for voting and holding office in local chapter.

(e)    Honorary membership

Any person of recognized ability and achievement in the field of international relations, or who made an outstanding contribution to Sigma Iota Rho may be elected to become an honorary member. No more than two such members may be elected in any one academic year. Honorary members shall possess all the privileges of active membership except that of being an officer or council member of the corporation.

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