Political science students have several opportunities to participate in student organizations through the department. Participation in these clubs can greatly enrich one's educational experience through interaction with like-minded students and through the attainment of common goals.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honorary organization for political science students. In 1997, our chapter was recognized as the best for universities of 15,000 students and greater. On May 8th, 2009 the Political Science Department inducted 30 new members into the Nu Phi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. The inductees received a custom Pi Sigma Alpha Tassel, Pin, and Certificate. It was a very special occassion for students, faculty, and staff. The Nu Phi chapter was established in 1983 and is the officially recognized chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha at Georgia State University. Its objectives are to promote a greater understanding of issues relevant to political science, to encourage scholarship, to recognize students who have achieved academic excellence in the discipline, and to provide services to its members and students in general with regard to academic, professional, and scholarly pursuits relating to political science.
Pi Sigma Alpha members meet each Thursday in room 1081 of General Classroom Building.
Since many of our majors are interested in law school, the Department also sponsors the Pre-Law Club. If you are thinking about going to law school, the Pre-Law Club can help answer questions about the process. Topics discussed by knowledgeable guest speakers include finding the right law school for you, the application process, prep courses for the LSAT and financing law school. The Pre-Law Club is open to all students interested in learning more about law school.
For more information about the Pre-Law concentration click here.
Pre-Law Club meets weekly each Thursday of fall and spring semester at 12:00 p.m. in room 1004 of the General Classroom Building. To join the club - show up!
Sigma Iota Rho
An international affairs honor society, Sigma Iota Rho, has recently been established within the department. This is an interdisciplinary honor society designed to promote scholarship in the interdisciplinary field of international affairs.
Freshman-Sophomore Honor Society
The new Freshman-Sophomore Honor Society inducted its members in Spring of 2007. In January 2008, they held their first Debate discussing many of the prevalent issues in the upcoming Presidential elections. In the Fall of 2008, they hosted debate-watching parties for the Presidential election at the University Commons. On April 27th, 2009, new members were inducted into the Honor Society, recognized for their outstanding achievement.
The Department also encourages students to form other clubs.