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School of Social Science and Global Studies

Student Organizations

Honor Societies:

Pi Sigma Alpha - Chi Delta Chapter

Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas, Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society, now comprising over 740 chapters nationwide.  The USM chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha (Chi Delta) was founded in 1998.  The purpose of the chapter is to stimulate productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of  government and politics; promote a better understanding of politics among its members; advance and disseminate knowledge and interest in political science; and organize, promote, and conduct seminars, conferences, research, discussion groups, and publications in political science.

Membership criteria: Junior standing or above; at least 10 hours in Political Science coursework, including at least one 300+ level course, with no grade lower than a B in that coursework; a 3.25 GPA or higher.  Undergraduate members need not be Political Science majors. Graduate Students must have 10 hours in Political Science with no grade lower than a B (undergraduate coursework cannot be counted); and an overall GPA 3.5 or higher.  Contact Dr. Joseph Weinberg (LAB 412), ( for more information.

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 Omicron Delta Epsilon-Alpha Chapter of Mississippi

Omicron Delta Epsilon (ODE) creates faculty-student interaction in an informal setting by organizing joint student/faculty panel discussions, special lectures where students serve as discussants. Students, under faculty guidance, will submit papers to international conferences for participation and publications. ODE was established by Professor John Commons in the 1800s. Represented on a majority of campuses, it is one of the oldest international economics honor societies. It meets every year during the Allied Social Sciences Annual Meetings, where papers from its annual essay contest are read.

The USM chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon (Alpha Chapter of Mississippi) membership criteria: Eligible students must have an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 and must have completed 12 hours of economics with a 3.0 GPA or higher at the time of initiation. Members need not be Economics majors.  Contact Dr. Edward Sayre (LAB 414), ( for more information.