Advanced Political Science undergraduate students might qualify for membership in two honors societies. Please read the descriptions below for application requirements and informational links.
Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. The chapter at Indiana—Alpha Beta—was founded in 1937.
At IU, eligibility for membership is: junior standing with a minimum 56 hours earned or in progress; 3.0 overall grade point average; 3.3 grade point average in major with at least 12 hours of political science courses. [Students with a Political Science GPA between 3.0 and 3.299 may petition with special circumstances.]
Eligible students will be invited to apply through the Pi Sigma Alpha national organization.
Membership in Phi Beta Kappa
Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) was founded on December 5, 1776, at the College of William and Mary. Since then, Phi Beta Kappa has evolved to become the nation's leading advocate for the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level.
Membership is reserved for students completing a degree in the College of Arts and Sciences. There is no application process for this honor; rather, students will be selected and nominated based on their transcripts.