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Pi Sigma Alpha

Faculty Advisors

Professor Leslie Baker - ljb223@msstate.edu
Dr. James Chamberlain - jac1287@msstate.edu
Dr. Rob Mellen -


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Pi Sigma Alpha is classified by the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) as an "upper division, specialized" 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: 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 3.0 or higher in those courses. Graduate students must have completed nine graduate credits in political science with no grade lower than a 3.0. Undergraduate coursework does not count toward graduate student eligibility, and graduate students must be pursuing a degree in political science to qualify for membership.

PSA MembersOur department's Theta Beta chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha—the national honor society for political science—honors our most outstanding undergraduate students. Each year we induct our students into the society at an impressive luncheon, where a distinguished public servant speaks. Most recently our speaker was Dr. Susan MacManus (at right in photo), an election analyst from Florida who talked about how presidential campaigns have come to resemble reality television.

PSA MembersOther interesting speakers have included our department's own accomplished alumni, Scott Ross and Amy Tuck, the youngest man and woman elected to the state legislature. Ross serves as Mayor of West Point and as a College Board member, while Tuck went on to two terms as lieutenant governor. To the right is a picture of some of the other alumni of our chapter.

PSA MembersAnother interesting speaker was insurance commissioner George Dale, centered in the above picture, who is the longest serving elected insurance commissioner in the nation. Commissioner Dale delivered a valuable speech warning against the dangers of racially polarized parties in Mississippi. Our alumni in the photo to the right are Heather Boren Emerson, who went on to the University of Alabama law school, and the first Haley Barbour Scholar Mike Miller.

To learn more about Pi Sigma Alpha, go to the website of the national organization.

Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu