PI Sigma

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 Pi Sigma Alpha 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 20s and 30s and accelerated after the WWII. Today there are over 460 chapters throughout the country. There is at least one college or university with a Pi Sigma Alpha chapter in every state and the District of Columbia and, as of 1995, the U. S. territory of Guam. The University of Colorado- Colorado Springs Chapter, Alpha Beta Psi, was started up in 2004 by Dr. Patricia Keilbach who currently serves as Faculty Advisor to the campus chapter and club. Alpha Beta Psi Chapter at CU-Colorado Springs is recognized as an active chapter by the Pi Sigma Alpha national offices. The purpose of the honor society is "...to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science, and at the chapter level. Each chapter is encouraged to provide a framework for enriching the exposure of its members and the wider university community to the study of government and issues of public concern. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs Pi Sigma Alpha Club holds regular meetings and is active on campus recruiting new members, planning activities, bringing speakers to campus, and reaching out to the community.

Pi Sigma Alpha Eligibility:

  • Political Science major
  • Junior class standing
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • 3.5 GPA in the major
  • 10 Political Science credits above the 200 level


Dr. Patricia M. Keilbach
Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor
Department of Political Science
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
Phone (719) 255-4043
Fax (719) 255-4558