Pi Sigma Alpha

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Pi Sigma Alpha (ΠΣΑ)

Pi Sigma Alpha, Eta Eta Chapter at NMSU, is a National Political Science Honor Society that recognizes academic excellence in political studies. The organization aims to provide all students the opportunity to explore current political events, national elections, international relations, and political philosophy in order to build a group of like-minded people passionate about engaging in and advocating for vibrant and energetic public discourse.


National Office Website: www.pisigmaalpha.org/

Why Join Pi Sigma Alpha?

Pi Sigma Alpha allows for students to meet outside the classroom and engage in meaningful activities involving politics, international relations, and a host of other current issues. What use is an education in political science if the only place to engage the subject is in the classroom? Pi Sigma Alpha hopes to provide a forum for students engaged in the world of politics and current events to discuss these issues with like-minded students.


Activities Include:

  • Speaker series (brown bags)
  • Attending the National Student Research Conference in D.C. each February
  • Chapter Grants and On-Campus Activities
  • Voter registration drives
  • Local community organization and volunteering
  • Others! 

Interested in Joining?

Chapter Member Requirements (Open to Freshman and Sophmores):

  1. Interested in political science related topics.
  2. No credit completion requirements.
  3. An average GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Students of Any MAJOR may join.
  5. No chapter dues (Fall 2023 – Spring 2024)

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. Students of ANY MAJOR may join.
  6. 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.
  7. National membership dues are $35.00 (one-time Lifetime Membership fee)

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.

Contact Information:

Jillian McBeth (President): jmcb11@nmsu.edu

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

Rose Enjady (Treasurer): rosenja@nmsu.edu 

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

Website: https://deptofgov.nmsu.edu/student-information/pi-sigma-alpha/

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