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Pi Sigma Alpha


Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 for purposes of bringing together university and college students and faculty members who share an interest in government and politics. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and currently has chapters at nearly 700 campuses. The EMU chapter, Zeta Tau, typically hosts lectures and other events that are of interest to students and faculty in the Political Science Department and to a broader campus audience.

To become a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, students must achieve at least junior standing and have a B average in at least 10 hours of political science credit. For more information, contact faculty advisers Dr. Edward Sidlow (esidlow@emich.edu) or Dr. Beth Henschen (bhenschen@emich.edu). 

Membership Form

Highlights for 2016-2017

  • In October 2016, the Zeta Tau chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha sponsored the campus-wide, once-every-four-years Mock Presidential Debate. The department head, Dr. David Klein, and Dr. Sidlow served as moderators. Dr. Beth Henschen played the role of Hillary Clinton, while Dr. Jeffrey Bernstein, in full make up and wig, played Donald Trump.
  • Zeta Tau chapter president Kellie Majcher traveled to Washington, D.C. in February 2017 to deliver a paper at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Student Conference. Several Zeta Tau members presented their research at EMU’s Undergraduate Symposium in March 2017.
  • In April 2017, the Zeta Tau chapter hosted EMU and Pi Sigma Alpha alum Nathan Bomey (currently a reporter for USA Today) for a “read” of his recent book, Detroit Resurrected: To Bankruptcy and Back. The event was made possible with a chapter activity grant from the national office of Pi Sigma Alpha.