Pi Sigma Alpha
About the Organization
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is designated as a "Specialized, Upper-Division" society by ACHS.
How to Join
Membership in an honor society is a worthy distinction in itself, and as a measure of academic achievement can provide a tangible advantage in a competitive world. All Pi Sigma Alpha members, regular and honorary, receive a certificate of membership and permanent enrollment in the society's membership data base, maintained by the National Office. Upon request, the National Office will provide letters verifying membership to prospective employers or graduate schools.
Full membership requires undergraduates:
- Have completed at least one-half the credits needed for graduation.
- Have completed ten credits of work in political science including at least one upper-division course (with an average grade of 'B' or higher in those courses).
- Be in the top one-third of their whole class (e.g., junior or senior class).
*You do not need to be a political science major to join the honor society.*
Our chapter also offers "affiliate memberships" to students who wish to get involved in the activities of the organization but who do not yet meet the criteria needed for full membership. These affiliate memberships do not mean you are a member of the national organization, but will allow you to affiliate with our chapter, attend our meetings, and take advantage of whatever programs we put on in anticipation of full membership later on.
Justin Leinaweaver, Ph.D.
Burnham Hall, Room 330
At a Glance
- Honorary organization
- Selective membership
- Meet requirements to join group