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ΠΣΑ Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society in Political Science. The society was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas and now has chapters at more than 700 colleges and universities.

In 1974, EMU’s Department of Political Science opened the Zeta Tau chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. In fact, one of the first inductees was Dr. Edward Sidlow — now a professor with the department. Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater was another early inductee of the Society.

Over the years the organization has hosted a variety of special events for the student body, including brown bag discussions with faculty, mock presidential debates, and high school outreach programs. Members also hold several social gatherings for political science students.

Members of Pi Sigma Alpha must be a major or minor in any of the Political Science Department’s programs (Political Science, Public Law And Government, International Affairs, Public Administration, Public Safety Administration, or Nonprofit Administration), have an overall GPA of 3.0, and have a Political Science GPA of 3.3 or above with at least three upper–level classes completed in the department.

New members are inducted each spring at the department’s annual awards ceremony. Application forms are available in the Political Science office. Membership requires a one-time fee of $55.Pi Sigma Alpha is always looking for new ideas for speakers, workshops, or other programs. For more information, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, the faculty advisor.