Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. The number of Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country is rapidly approaching 700. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.


Pi Sigma Alpha is classified by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) as an "upper division, specialized" honor society. The academic requirements for membership eligibility follow those set by ACHS for this category of honor society, and are specified in the Pi Sigma Alpha Constitution, Article I, "Membership."

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

Undergraduates must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be at least juniors who have completed at least ten semester-credits 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 of 3.4 and a 3.5 in the major.
  • They need NOT be political science majors to qualify for membership.

Graduate students must meet the following criteria:

  • They 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.

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Helms School of Government Chapter

Pi Sigma Alpha chapters are located in political science departments in accredited four-year institutions throughout the country. Each chapter is guided by a faculty member serving as chapter advisor and elected student chapter officers. The Helms School of Government chapter advisor is Dr. Thomas Metallo.