ΠΣΑ PI SIGMA ALPHA

The National Political Science Honor Society Epsilon Psi Chapter

You may be eligible for lifetime membership in Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ), the national political science honor society (www.pisigmaalpha.org).  Founded in 1920, it aims to foster excellence in learning and in public service.  It does so by recognizing academic achievement in the discipline of political science and by honoring those who have served the public well.  Membership in the national society is through membership in a campus chapter.  In the last several years, our Pi Sigma Alpha chapter has not been active.  However, we want to present you with the opportunity to join the society because it does recognize the good work you have done in your major.  Thus, while we will not organize to undertake activities per se, applications will be accepted during the spring semester for membership to eligible students.

Eligibility Requirements

Membership is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students currently enrolled in programs of Government/Political Science.

Undergraduates must be at least juniors with a GPA of 3.0 (both CSUS overall and in Political Science courses) who have completed twelve (12) units in political science, nine (9) of which must be upper division, and who majored in Political Science, Political Science/International Relations, or Political Science/Journalism.  The GPA would be calculated out to two decimal places.  Rounding would occur from the third decimal place to the second decimal place and then it would be determined if you reached 3.00.  Thus, a 2.995 GPA would reach 3.00, but a 2.994 would not.

Graduate students must have completed nine (9) graduate credits in Political Science with no grade lower than a B.  Undergraduate coursework does not count towards graduate student eligibility, and graduate students must be pursuing a degree in Political Science.

Evidence of membership is provided by a certificate which the chapter presents to its new members.  In addition, if you wish to purchase a ΠΣΑ Graduation Medallion and/or an Honor Cord (see Pi Sigma Alpha Merchandise), you can add the cost for these items to your initiation fee payment.  

Application For Membership

Qualified students must submit a completed Membership Application Form. Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive an invitation to pay membership fees and purchase merchandise from the Pi Sigma Alpha National office. Upon payment, new members will then be notified to pick up certificates and any merchandise from the department office (Tahoe Hall 3104).

Application Deadline:  Monday, April 1, 2019