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Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. It was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas with the purpose of "bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics." There are currently over 460 chapters nationwide. There is at least one chapter in every state, D.C. and as of 1995 the U.S. territory of Guam.

The Zeta Omicron chapter was established in 1973 at the University of Central Missouri.

It is linked to 60 other sister honor societies through its membership in the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Pi Sigma Alpha is the third largest honor society within ACHS.

Every two years, representatives from Pi Sigma Alpha chapters across the country gather for a business meeting during the American Political Science Association's annual meeting. At this meeting, the national organization's officers and council members are elected.

Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society Requirements

Political Science majors and minors are eligible to apply for membership in the Zeta Omicron chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Successful applicants are inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha at the Political Science and International Studies Awards Banquet held every spring semester.

To be eligible for induction, students must meet the following academic criteria:

  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of coursework in Political Science;
  • Complete at least one course at the 3000-level or above; and
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 and a Political Science GPA of 3.25

Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Henry Wambuii or Dr. Gregory Streich.