Pi Sigma Alpha

Formed in 1920, Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honor Society. Students who a) have taken at least 12 credits of politics and international affairs courses at Wake Forest, excluding AP and transfer courses, b) have a 3.3 GPA in those courses, and c) have a 3.0 GPA overall are eligible for membership. Wake Forest’s Nu Zeta chapter has been active since 1981, acknowledging academic achievement while also furthering the interests of its members and the Department of Politics and International Affairs through a variety of activities.

Each year the society hosts a variety of events. Past events have included forums on graduate school and internship opportunities. In previous years, the organization has also sponsored receptions welcoming newly declared majors and encouraging faculty-student interaction.  Pi Sigma Alpha partnered with College Democrats and Republicans to host a campus debate before the 2012 presidential election.  Additionally, the society co-hosted a presidential debate viewing event for students.  Every spring, Pi Sigma Alpha holds a special event to honor new members and present them with their certificate of membership.

The officers for the 2016-2017 academic year are Steven Caracciolo (president), Ben Smith (vice president), and Sebastian Ivory (secretary).

The faculty advisor for Pi Sigma Alpha is John Dinan.





Juliet Beckstrand presents paper at national conference

Juliet Beckstrand will present her paper  “Immigration Nations: Migration Crises in America and the European Union” at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Student Conference at George Washington University, February 12-14 2016.





2016 Pi Sigma Alpha Reception and Induction Ceremony



PSA Initiative: Connecting Students and Alumni

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society began an initiative with Mr. Karl Haigler (Class of 1970) and his wife, Rae Nelson, to provide career insight to students majoring in Politics and International Affairs. Utilizing Mr. Haigler and his wife’s fourteen years of combined experience in federal and state policy positions, the project exposes students to the options available to them outside of Wake Forest. In unison with the Department of Politics and International Affairs, the Pi Sigma Alpha initiative will offer students a broader perspective on occupations and internships within the public service sector.

Mr. Haigler believes that this student-alumni initiative will develop “a long-term relationship with both the students and faculty of the Politics and International Affairs department as part of a growing network of alumni and friends who share interests in American public policy, civic engagement, and leadership.” Pi Sigma Alpha is excited about this opportunity to work with Mr. Haigler and his wife and looks forward to building further relationships with alumni of the Politics and International Affairs Department.