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Pi Sigma Alpha

Providence College’s Award-Winning Student Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha at Providence College is the local branch of the political science discipline’s national honor society. Membership is by invitation and is reserved for Providence College’s most accomplished political science students (both majors and minors). Student members elect their own officers and manage chapter activities. During the year, Pi Sigma Alpha sponsors academic and informational events bringing well-known academic speakers, journalists, and politicians to campus. The chapter also hosts informal meetings with faculty job candidates, to actively engage students in the hiring process for new political science professors.

Our Pi Sigma Alpha chapter has been honored for its accomplishments, most recently in 2014-2015 when it was recognized by the national Pi Sigma Alpha office as the “Best Chapter” in the country among Providence College’s peer institutions.

Each spring, the Pi Sigma Alpha induction banquet welcomes parents, honors new members, hosts a guest speaker, and presents our seniors with prestigious medals and braided red, white, and black ceremonial cords, to be worn at graduation.


To be eligible for membership, a student must be a junior or senior, pursuing a major or minor in political science, with at least 6 completed political science courses. In addition, the student must have maintained a high GPA in political science—3.4 for seniors, 3.5 for juniors. Students who meet these criteria are invited to join the organization. For more information about our chapter, please use the contact information on the left. Also, feel free to visit the national Pi Sigma Alpha webpage.

Pi Sigma Alpha Executive Board, 2018-2019

Rachael Minassian, Co-President
Christina Zikopoulos, Co-President
Devon Guanci, Co-Vice President
Allison Schmidt, Co-Vice President
Tyler Hoskins, Treasurer
Grace George, Secretary