Political science graduate students have several opportunities to participate in student organizations through the Department.
One of the options for grad students is the Graduate Student Association. Its mission is to promote a sense of community among students, faculty, and the university. Its members wish to create opportunities to actively engage the university student body in political discussions and learning across disciplines in the social sciences. Also, they seek to support the professional development of the graduate students and promote the image of the Department of Political Science and Georgia State University. They offer many opportunities for professional development and interaction including research workshops, mentoring for new students, and social activities such as participation in a weekly trivia league around Atlanta. The GSA is open to all graduate students in the Political Science Department.
The Department also has several honor societies that are open to graduate students. Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honorary organization for political science students. 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 acadmic excellence in the discipline, and to provide services to its members and students in general with regard to academic, professional, and scholarly pursuits relating political science.
In 1997, our chapter was recognized as the best for universities of 15,000 students and greater. On April 23, 2008 the Political Science Department inducted 9 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.
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.
Participation in these clubs can greatly enrich one's educational experience through interaction with like-minded students and through the attainment of common goals. The Department encourages students to form other clubs.