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Political Science

Honor Society


About Pi Sigma Alpha and our Iota Mu Chapter

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.  Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association
of College Honor Societies
(ACHS) and is designated as a “Specialized, Upper-Division” society by ACHS.

There are now over 687 chapters of Pi Sigma Alpha located on college and university campuses in every state of the United States and in Guam.  The National Office of Pi Sigma Alpha is located at 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington, DC  20036.  Phone: 202/483-2512.  Fax:  202/483-2657.  Email:

The UALR Iota Mu chapter was chartered in 1978-79, the third chapter chartered in Arkansas. At that time there were only 275 chapters.

We are sad to report that Dr. Art English, will no longer serve as faculty advisor. We wish him best in his retirement and note that Dr. English has been the key to the success of Iota Mu and his leadership has brought benefits to the many student members over the years. However, as a chapter of Iota Mu closes, we are excited to welcome the new Iota Mu faculty advisor, Dr. Eric Wiebelhaus-Brahm. He is the link between the national organization of and the student members, and between the chapter and UALR. All communications from the National Office go to Dr. Wiebelhaus-Brahm; he is responsible for seeing that the chapter’s student officers and others connected to the chapter’s activities get the information they need. To contact him, send an email to

Iota Mu has received several Best Chapter Awards for universities with enrollments of 6,000-15,000 students. These awards recognized the Iota Mu chapter’s high level of energy and creativity in furthering the goals of the honor society.

Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students currently enrolled in programs of political science in institutions where chapters are located.

Undergraduates must meet the following criteria for membership: They must be at least juniors who have completed at least ten semester-credits (or 15 quarter-credits if their institution is on the quarter system) of work in political science including at least one upper-division course, with an average grade of B or higher in those courses.  They must have achieved an overall GPA placing them in the top one-third of their whole class (i.e., junior or senior class).  They need NOT be political science majors to qualify for membership.

Graduate students must have completed 9 graduate credits in political science with no grade lower than a B.  Undergraduate coursework does not count towards graduate student eligibility, and graduate students must be pursuing a degree in political science to qualify for membership.

Updated 8.1.2014