University Honors Program
Students may combine a Political Science major with participation in the University Honors Program, which provides an enriched program of study through two curricular options. Track 1 honors students complete honors seminars and courses that substitute for their general education requirements, while Track 2 honors students complete a more focused honors experience in their majors. For more information, please contact the University Honors Program directly.
Pi Sigma Alpha
The Department of Political Science at Colorado State University hosts the Delta Phi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. The chapter was founded in 1966. The department is interested in rebuilding the chapter as a means to create new opportunities for students. Membership in an honor society is a great means to help stand out to future employers or graduate/law programs and comes with a number of benefits. Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 on the campus of the University of Texas, Austin. Today there are chapters on 845 college campuses in the United States and nearly 8,000 students are initiated each year.
To qualify for membership in the Delta Phi chapter at CSU, a student must meet the following standards:
- A student must have completed 10 credit hours in political science, including one upper level class. All courses taken in the department and all political science transfer classes count toward satisfying the 10 credit minimum requirement. Courses in which students are currently enrolled (spring 2019) do not count toward satisfying the requirement.
- A student must have a minimum grade point average of 3.00 or higher in his/her political science courses. No rounding up of grade point averages is allowed.
- A student must have a ranking in the top 1/3 of their class (junior or senior)
The Delta Phi chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha not only provides students a platform to be recognized but for students to engage with peers who share a passion for politics. Leadership opportunities are available for those interested in playing a role. Chapters may develop programs around topics of interest both in the department in within the broader college community. The national office of Pi Sigma Alpha offers chapter activity grants each fall for up to $2000, holds an annual student research conference in Washington for members, offers a number of scholarships and best paper prizes, and a national undergraduate journal is published twice a year. Pi Sigma Alpha members may wear an honor cord or medallion to signify their membership in the society.
Interested? For further information about Pi Sigma Alpha, please contact faculty advisor Dr. Matthew Hitt (Matthew.Hitt@colostate.edu).