Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ)

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, Eta Eta Chapter, is here to give all students at NMSU the opportunity to explore current events, national elections, international relations, and political philosophy in order to build a group of like-minded people who are passionate about engaging in and advocating for vibrant and energetic public discourse. We also eat pizza and watch movies sometimes!

Why Join Pi Sigma Alpha?

Pi Sigma Alpha allows for students to meet outside the classroom and have meaningful discussions about politics, international relations, and a whole host of other issues. What use is an education in political science if the only place to talk about the subject is in the classroom? Pi Sigma Alpha hopes to provide a forum for the students most engaged in the world of politics and current events to discuss these issues with like-minded students. Did we mention pizza movie nights?

Topics for Future Discussion Include:

  • Russian relations with the United States: Cyber Cold War?
  • Terrorism: What is to be Done?
  • The Refugee Crisis
  • Debating the 2020 Presidential Candidates
  • Globalization: Who is it working for?
  • Voting in the 21st century: rights and suffrage
  • COVID-19: the “New Normal”
  • Climate Change: What to do?

Previous discussion topics have included:

  • Russia’s Intervention in Syria
  • ISIS: What is to be Done?
  • Is Law School Worth Attending?
  • The Refugee Crisis
  • Debating the 2016 Presidential Candidates


Interested in Joining?

Chapter Member Requirements (Open to Freshman and Sophmores):

  1. Interest in POLS related topics.
  2. No credit completion requirements.
  3. An average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Students of any major may join.
  5. Required to pay $10 semester chapter dues (Spring 2021 chapter dues waived)

National Member Requirements (Open to Juniors and Seniors)

  1. Completion of at least half of the credits required for the baccalaureate degree;
  2. Completion of at least 10 semester credits of work in political science (government), including at least one upper-division course;
  3. An average grade of B or higher in all courses in political science;
  4. A grade point average of 3.2 or higher.
  5. For graduate students currently enrolled at New Mexico State University:
    a) Completion of at least nine graduation credits in political science with no grade     lower than B.
  6. Students of any major may join.

To Apply:

To apply to the Eta Eta chapter of New Mexico State University, please send a completed Membership Application Form and a copy of your degree audit to the president, vice president, or the organization’s email. In the subject line, please write “MEMBER APPLICATION: Full name”. Applicants that meet all requirements will be sent a link to register.

Future Chapter Meetings:

(see below for details)

Future Events:

March 22nd, 2021 @ 6pm- PSA hosts a Law School panel with Faculty and Alumni. Come              hear practicing lawyers and utilize the opportunity to ask questions regarding law school                      and practicing law. Panelists to be announced on our socials soon! Please email                           nmstatepsa@gmail.com for zoom meeting details.

April 22nd, 2021 @ TBD- PSA tables on NMSU Main campus to hand out Earth Day                          masks! Please stop by our table and grab a Earth Day or Pi Sigma Alpha Mask and a                   snack! Keep a lookout for table location and time on our socials! 

April 26th, 2021 @ 6pm- PSA hosts a panel on Environmental Policy. Please join us and hear                       alumni, faculty, and students discuss the current state of Environmental Policy. What                   needs to be done? What is being done? How can policy implementation be effective?                    Obstacles? What is the Green New Deal? Panelists to be announced on our socials soon!             Please email nmstatepsa@gmail.com for zoom meeting details.

May 5th, 2021 All Day- PSA has partnered with the NMSU Honors College to host a POLS                    Section of the 2021 URCAS. A submission committee will choose 7-10 participants to                     participate in the POLS section of URCAS. Those chosen will present and the top three                     will receive prize money; $100 for 1st place, $75 for 2nd place, & $50 for 3rd place. If you                      are interested in submitting, please see the [link URCAS Submission Flyer PDF] and                     [link Research Submission Form]. Complete all steps and instruction and submit to                nmstatepsa@gmail.com by March 29th, 2021 by 11:59 pm!


URCAS Submission Form

May 14th, 2021 @ 6pm- PSA hosts our biannual Induction Ceremony to introduce new                   members and reflect on the semester. This year we will also be congratulating our             URCAS winners! Please email nmstatepsa@gmail.com for zoom meeting details.   

Contact Information:

Jillian McBeth (President): jmcb11@nmsu.edu

Caren D. Varela (Vice President): cdv10200@nmsu.edu 

Rose Enjady (Treasurer): rosenja@nmsu.edu 

Organization: nmstatepsa@gmail.com

NMSU Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor: Dr. Seong Kang sckang@nmsu.edu

For more information, questions, or updates email: nmstatepsa@gmail.com

Or check our website: https://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/student-information/pi-sigma-alpha/

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National Office Website: https://www.pisigmaalpha.org/

By-laws: to be added soon