Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society for undergraduate and graduate students of political science. It is the third largest academic honor society in the United States, with over 460 chapters. The Chi Theta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was established at the University of St. Thomas in 1999.
The Chi Theta chapter was recently chosen by the national office to receive one of Pi Sigma Alpha's Best Chapter Awards. These awards are intended to recognize local chapters that are particularly active in their departments and universities and exhibit high levels of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society.
Students are eligible to join Pi Sigma Alpha if they have attained junior standing and have completed at least three political science courses and are currently enrolled in or have taken a fourth. Two of those four courses must be UST political science courses, and one of the four courses must be at least a 300-level course. Further, candidates must have maintained a 3.0 GPA in political science courses and be within the top third of their graduating class. Eligible students are invited to join Pi Sigma Alpha during the beginning of both the fall and spring semesters.
Benefits of membership in Pi Sigma Alpha include a certificate of membership as well as a medallion to wear with your cap and gown at graduation. As far as benefits to joining our chapter, we are a new and growing organization, with lots of good ideas and enthusiasm. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha provides many opportunities for students and faculty to discuss their shared interest in the study of government and politics. See photos from this year's annual banquet.