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Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society

Carson Newman University is proud to be the home of the Theta Epsilon Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national honor society in History. Phi Alpha Theta was organized at the University of Arkansas in 1921, and since then it has grown to more than 820 chapters. The membership of Phi Alpha Theta is composed of students and faculty who have been elected to membership on the basis of excellence in the study and writing of History. It is highly democratic, however, in that any student of History may become a member simply by maintaining a high standard of work in his/her studies. Members must be in the upper 35% of their class in class ranking, have completed 12 hours of work in history, and have maintained a 3.2 average in that work. All members are encouraged to participate in the work and direction of the Society.

The Theta Epsilon Chapter has sponsored movie nights for members and department faculty.

Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national Political Science Honor Society and only honor society for students of government and political science in the United States. The main purpose of the organization, according to its by-laws, is "to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." The Alpha Epsilon Epsilon chapter at Carson-Newman College was installed on April 23, 2007.

To be eligible for national membership in the Alpha Epsilon Epsilon chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, a student must:

  • Be a junior or senior;
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative g.p.a. of 3.4;
  • Have a minimum Political Science g.p.a. of 3.0;
  • Have completed at least 10 hours of coursework in Political Science.

To qualify for associate membership a student must:

  • Have completed 2 Political Science classes, one of which was 200 level or higher;
  • Have a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0;
  • Have a minimum Political Science GPA of 3.0;
  • Pay an annual membership fee of $10 upon acceptance; (this $10 will be deducted from the $50 fee for national membership once eligible)

On campus, Pi Sigma Alpha sponsors many events -- both academic and social. In the realm of academia and in the interest of furthering the study of political science campus-wide, Pi Sigma Alpha annually sponsors the Constitution Day Lecture featuring a guest speaker. Speakers have included visiting political science professors and researchers, lawyers, and judges. In addition, Pi Sigma Alpha runs voter registration drives as well as offering free Constitutions to fellow students. The chapter plans and hosts a gathering every semester for both Political Science and History majors in order to promote camaraderie between students and the faculty members in History and Political Science.

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