Association of College Honor Societies


Pi Sigma Alpha

Political Science

Admitted to ACHS: 1949

Founded at the University of Texas, October, 1920

No of Active Chapters: 775

Total Membership: 262000

Annual/current Membership: 8000

Publications: Newsletter, Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics

PURPOSE: To stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government among students at institutions of higher learning in which chapters are maintained.

ELIGIBILITY: Juniors, seniors, and graduate students are eligible for membership if they meet the following qualifications. For undergraduates: completion of 15 quarter hours or 10 semester hours of work in government, political science, international relations, or public administration, including at least 1 course designated as upper-division; maintenance of an average of B or higher in all government, political science, international relations, and public administration courses, and the maintenance of general scholarship sufficient to place them within the upper third of their class. For graduate students: completion of at least 6 graduate credit hours of work in those fields with an average grade of B or higher; and fulfillment of such additional academic requirements as may have been prescribed by the local chapter. Any member of the faculty of the department of political science or government at any institution at which a local chapter is located may be elected as a member by any local chapter or by the national convention. Membership in the Society may be secured through election as an honorary member. Only distinguished persons who have made valuable contributions to political science or government are eligible for election into honorary membership. Each chapter may elect no more than 2 persons in a year for this class of membership.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Interchange of ideas and information regarding political science and chapter activities through circulation of a semi-annual Newsletter; Biennial national convention to transact Society business and consider matters within the field of the Society’s activities; Intellectual activity through sponsorship of speakers, forums, conferences, chapter awards and grants, graduate scholarships, best student papers, chapter adviser recognition awards, and best chapters.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Sean Twombly, Executive Director, Pi Sigma Alpha National Office, 1527 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036

Tel: (202) 349-9285  Fax: (202) 483-2657

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 12/9/2015