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Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha is classified by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) as an “upper division, specialized” honor society. It is the national political science honor society which recognizes high academic achievement of students of political science. The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is to stimulate scholarship and interest in the subject of government by providing recognition and benefits to students who have excelled in the field. Pi Sigma Alpha chapters around the country develop creative programming on their campuses to engage members of the department and of their larger community. In December 1919, members of the government department at the University of Texas, Austin gathered for their monthly faculty meeting. In addition to traditional business, the concept of a new political science honor society emerged. 

The task was handed to Professor C. Perry Patterson and over the course of the next year he set the foundation for what was to become Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. The Alpha chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was formally chartered in October 1920. 

Today, Pi Sigma Alpha hosts chapters on nearly 850 campuses and has inducted more than 300,000 members. Its rolls feature national, state, and local political leaders including one president, three Supreme Court justices, and dozens of members of Congress. The network of Pi Sigma Alpha members stretches across law, academia, business and more.

The Xi Mu Chapter was established in 1983 on Southern University’s campus with 25 charter members and has grown throughout the years. Xi Mu's purpose is similar to the organization’s purpose:

  • Recognize excellence in academic achievement by college and university students in the fields of political science, government, international, and public affairs;

  • To stimulate scholarship and interest in political science;

  • To promote worthwhile curricular and extracurricular activities related to political science;

  • To promote civil dialogue; and to engage in any other activities that further these purposes. 

Pi Sigma Alpha is open to all majors!!!