Pi Sigma Alpha
Members of the Department and 2016 Initiates of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science Honor Society. HWS has had the Chi Phi chapter since 1999 and initiated over 100 members.
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national Political Science Honor Society. It has chapters in approved colleges and universities. Hobart and William Smith applied to start a local chapter and our request was granted in 1999. Professor Iva E. Deutchman is the advisor of the Chi Phi (HWS) chapter and has been since its inception.
Each spring we induct those political science majors who have made the academic cut. Those inducted in their junior year must have a 3.7 grade point average, both in political science and overall, while the gpa for senior inductees is 3.5. National rules require that inducted students have had six political science classes.
In April of each year we host an induction dinner to celebrate our students’ achievements. In 2016 we inducted six juniors and five seniors. Six juniors is an unusually high number and suggests how high achieving the rising senior class has been! The two juniors inducted in 2015 make for a total of seven graduating seniors. We had another wonderful induction dinner to celebrate our students’ achievements.