Pi Sigma Alpha was founded at the University of Texas in 1920 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. The success of the honor society prompted other institutions to apply for chapters. Growth accelerated after World War II, and today there are over 600 chapters. There is at least one college or university with a ΠΣΑ chapter in every state and the District of Columbia and Guam.
The main purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is “to stimulate scholarship and interest in political science.” The society functions at the national level, headquartered in Washington DC with the American Political Science Association, and at the chapter level. Various programs enrich members and the wider community in the study of government and issues of public concern.
Membership in an honor society is a worthy distinction in itself, and as a measure of academic achievement can provide a tangible advantage in a competitive world. All ΠΣΑ members are enrolled in the society’s membership rolls maintained by the National Office. Upon request, the National Office will provide letters verifying membership to prospective employers or graduate schools.
Because ΠΣΑ is part of the Association of College Honor Societies, the US Office of Personnel Management allows its members to apply for federal government positions at a higher entry level grade than non-member candidates.
Members are entitled to wear the ΠΣΑ lapel pin or key at any time and the medallion with cap and gown at graduation.
Methodist University’s Omega Chi chapter has been active since 2001 and has inducted more than 100 members.