Welcome to the website of the forthcoming Towson University chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha! As of March 1st, 2001, we have officially begun our activities; this means that we are also submitting our final petition for membership with the national association at this point. We are all extremely excited to bring this honors society to the Towson University Campus!

Pi Sigma Alpha 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. Professor C. Perry Patterson was an early leader of the first chapter and served as national president of PSA from 1920 until 1932. The success of the honor society at the University of Texas prompted other institutions to apply for chapters, with the Universities of Oklahoma and Kansas establishing chapters by 1922. In March of that year the society held its first national convention at the University of Oklahoma. Growth in the honor society was gradual throughout the ‘twenties and ‘thirties and accelerated after the Second World War; today there are over 460 chapters throughout the country. There is at least one college or university with a PSA chapter in every state and the District of Columbia and, as of 1995, the U.S. territory of Guam.

This site is designed to assist Towson University students with their careers as students of Political Science and International Studies. There is a wealth of information available on internships, local academic groups, scholarships, grants, and graduate studies for PSA members under the “careers” section of this website. We hope that members find this section of the site useful!

Also, check out our upcoming events! We will keep you informed regarding these tentative events through this website. If members have any additional requests for speakers, please feel free to voice those ideas by emailing us if you cannot attend a meeting.

Thank you for your interest in the Towson University chapter of PI SIGMA ALPHA! We look forward to seeing you soon at our events and meetings!

Kathleen McInnis
Founding President