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Pi Sigma Alpha The National Political Science Honor Society

Why Join?

· Recognition of academic excellence!
· Right to wear honor regalia
· National Student Conference
· Scholarships for graduate study
· Best paper awards
· Annual chapter activity grants
· Opportunities to publish in professional journals
· Opportunities to present at professional conferences
· Student leadership opportunities

We are currently inviting students to sign up for membership in the UIC Mu Alpha Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society for students of Political Science and Government in the United States.

UIC is proud to share a long-standing partnership with the Mu Alpha Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha.  Since 1981, we have inducted nearly 600 members.  For those who have met the academic requirements, this membership includes the National Lifetime membership, a formal certificate, and a Pi Sigma Alpha lapel pin.  In addition, the department will supply the graduation cord to be worn at your graduation ceremony.

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 the honor society, and are specified in the Pi Sigma Alpha Constitution, Article I, “Membership.” Undergraduate students have had their research submitted and published in the Undergraduate Journal of Politics and other journals. (!publications/cxfj)   They also get information about special scholarships offered through this organization. (

Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is based on the following criteria:

Undergraduates must meet the following criteria:  You must have Junior or Senior class status and have completed at least one-half the credits required for the baccalaureate degree; you must have completed at least ten (10) 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;

–          Cumulative University G.P.A. 3.25
–          Political Science G.P.A. 3.50

Graduate students must have completed nine (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.

Please talk with the Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department if you are interested.