Benefits of Membership
Membership in an honor society is a worthy distinction in itself, and as a measure of academic achievement can provide tangible advantage in a competitive world. All PSA members receive a certificate of membership and permanent enrollment in the society's membership rolls, maintained by the national office, which can provide letters verifying membership to prospective employers or graduate schools.
Because PSA is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management allows its members to apply for federal government positions listed at higher entry-level grade than non-member candidates. Members are entitled to wear the PSA key at any time or the medallion at graduation and on other official occasions.
In addition, PSA gives students the opportunity for valuable administrative experience as chapter officers or organizers of chapter activities. The Iota Zeta Chapter at Ohio University is eligible to compete for Chapter activities grants awarded by the national office, while its members are eligible to compete for several prestigious scholarships and awards.
Qualifications for Membership
The purpose of PSA is to stimulate scholarship and interest in the subject of government by providing tangible recognition to students who have excelled in the field. Membership is possible only through local chapters. Minimum standards for admission, established by the national constitution, are:
For juniors and seniors, completion of at least fifteen quarter-hours or ten semester-hours of work in government, political science, international relations, or public administration, including at least one course not open to students in the first two years of collegiate work; and maitenance of an average grade of B or higher in all political science courses,
For graduate students, completion of at least nine hours of graduate work in political science, and maitenance of an average grade of B or higher in all political science courses.