National Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ or PSA), the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only U.S.-based political science honor society for college and university students. Its purpose is to recognize and promote high academic achievement in the field of political science.

Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in programs of political science in institutions where chapters are located.

Undergraduates must meet the following criteria:

They must have completed at least one-half the credits required by their institution for the baccalaureate degree; they must have completed at least ten semester-credits (or 15 quarter-credits if their institution is on the quarter system) of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses; they must have achieved an overall GPA placing them in the top one-third of their whole class (e.g., junior or senior class). They need not be political science majors to qualify for membership.

Graduate students must have:

Completed 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 to qualify for membership.


How do I join?

Students may NOT "join" Pi Sigma Alpha through the national office, but may only become members through their campus chapters. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will receive an invitation to join, from the Department Chair, during the spring semester. For eligible RU-N inductees, there may be a  waiver of the induction fee.

For more information on the organization, click on this link - ExternalPi Sigma Alpha