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Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honorary society, is sponsored by the department so that excellence in the study of political science can be recognized. The Thiel College chapter, Iota Upsilon, prides itself on the goal of stimulating productive scholarship and intelligent interest in the subject of government.

Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas. It is the only honor society for students of government in universities and colleges. One of the perks to being in Pi Sigma Alpha is that is allows members applying for federal government positions to be listed at a higher entry-level grade of pay than non-members. Also, there are opportunities for members to apply for various scholarships and awards.

Membership Requirements

  • Must be a junior or senior
  • Must have completed at least 10 credit hours in political science
  • Must have at least a 3.0 in political science
  • Must be in the top third of your graduating class

Thiel’s Semester in Washington

The Semester in Washington is a supervised internship and seminar program.

It is conducted by the Lutheran Colleges' Washington Consortium and provides internship experiences in the governmental, public service or private sectors. The full program is available in the fall or spring semester. The program is small and flexible so the interests of a wide variety of students can be met.

Washington Semester Program

Students may participate in this nationally-recognized internship and seminar program operated by American University in Washington, D.C.

Students may focus on politics, law, journalism, international business, economic and environmental policy, the arts, criminal justice and other subjects.

United Nations Semester

Selected students particularly interested in government and international relations may participate in the United Nations Semester at Drew University, Madison, New Jersey, during the fall term of their junior year.

Capitol Semester

The Capitol Semester is a competitive 12 or 16-week in-service study program in a state-related agency in Harrisburg.

A student must be a Pennsylvania resident, at least a rising junior and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Sessions may be either in the summer or during the school year.