Your undergraduate experience isn’t limited to your coursework. By participating in one or more student groups, you can be engaged in the campus and Anderson communities, learn about the international system or electoral politics, and make friendships that last a lifetime. Not only will you meet new people and do rewarding work, you’ll also develop your knowledge, skills, experience, network, and personal brand. But the payoff of your participation is more than personal—it also affects the community as a whole. Keep that in mind as you learn about “social capital” in Introduction to Politics and American National Government.
Student organizations are open to all students. They provide you an opportunity to meet regularly with others who share your interests. Although there are many student organizations at AU, all Political Science majors should consider running for a position in the Student Government Association (SGA) or participating in one of the following organizations.
Model United Nations
The Model United Nations team travels to national and regional conferences to compete with teams from other colleges and universities by representing a specific country or organization. The simulations at these conferences give you the chance to learn how the UN works and a forum for addressing global concerns in a real-world context. You’ll prepare position papers before the conference, draft and pass resolutions during the conference, and try to persuade others to support your position. Conferences are also great networking opportunities, as you’ll meet students, professors, and potential employers from across the US. Watch what one of our majors has to say about MUN here and here.
College Republicans / College Democrats
At Anderson University, both the College Republicans and the College Democrats promote civic engagement and civil discourse. Members participate in voter registration drives, provide voter information during election campaigns, and regularly help educate the campus community on current issues. Meetings provide a forum to discuss issues and events from a partisan perspective. Most importantly, by working closely with one another, both College Republicans and College Democrats model the activism marked by grace, hope, compassion, and respect that is the hallmark of the Political Science program.
Honor societies are open to students who meet the membership requirements. You can benefit from both the public recognition that comes from being a member of an honor society and the perks each society makes available to its members.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha, the national Political Science honor society, 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. Chapters exist at accredited colleges and universities across the U.S. and actively promote extracurricular activities related to public affairs. Anderson University’s chapter, Alpha Eta Omega, was established in 2012.
- Benefits. In addition to being recognized as a distinguished political science student, members are eligible for the Nancy McManus Washington Internship Scholarship, the Howard Penniman Scholarship for Graduate Study, and discounts on LSAT and GRE test prep courses from Princeton Review. You may also publish your research in the Pi Sigma Alpha Undergraduate Journal of Politics.
- Membership Requirements. To be eligible for membership, you must have junior standing (completed at least 52 hours of college credit), have completed at least ten hours of Political Science coursework, have a 3.00 GPA in courses that count toward the major, and have an overall GPA that places you in the top 33% of your college class. Eligible students will be invited to apply.
Center for Public Service
The Center for Public Service (CPS) was established at AU in 1973 through a sizable grant from the Eli Lilly Endowment for the purpose of preparing outstanding students for careers in public service through experiential learning.
- Benefits. Fellows are connected to an off-campus mentor, interact with public service professionals at monthly meetings, and receive funding for membership in professional organizations, off-campus study, internships, travel to conferences, and other professional development opportunities.
- Membership Requirements. An overall GPA of at least 3.40 is required. Qualified sophomores and juniors must apply for membership, some of whom will be asked to interview for vacant positions.
Alpha Chi is a national academic honor society that was established in 1922 for the purpose of promoting academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.
- Benefits. In addition to being recognized as a distinguished student, membership benefits include access to scholarships and fellowships, participation in annual conventions, and access to networking and career development opportunities.
- Membership Requirements. An overall GPA of at least 3.70 and that places you in the top 10% of juniors and seniors at AU. Qualified students will be invited to apply.
Contact Dr. Janutolo (chapter advisor) for more information.