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Political Science Clubs and Honor Societies

Political Science students at Ship have the opportunity to get involved with clubs and organizations to network, pursue leadership positions, boost their resumes, and have fun.

Political Science Club

Shippensburg University’s Political Science Club is now the Junior Auxiliary of Pi Sigma Alpha. The club encourages students from all majors to join and engage in the debate about politics and current events. Members of the Club organize and participate in non-partisan political activities, take field trips to Washington, D.C., and become involved in fun events relating to the subject of politics. Joining the club is a great way to meet people, learn about the functions of government, and join in the political process. Interested students should contact Dr. Alison Dagnes at 717-477-1754 or

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Pi Alpha Alpha encourages and recognizes outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Its objectives, including fostering integrity, professionalism, and effective performance, promote the advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration.  Pi Alpha Alpha membership identifies students with the highest performance levels in educational programs preparing them for public service careers. Those interested in joining the Shippensburg University chapter should contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Lonce Bailey

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honor society. It was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Shippensburg University's Theta Gamma Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was chartered in 1977. The honor society is open to Political Science and Public Administration majors in their junior or senior years of college. Members must have completed 12 hours of political science coursework and have a minimum 3.0 QPA. Pi Sigma Alpha members take part in social and philanthropic activities meant to engage the political science student. Past events include a field trip to New York City to see The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, parties, fundraisers, and more. Interested students should contact Dr. Alison Dagnes at 717-477-1754 or

Contact the Political Science Department 424 Grove Hall, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1718