Psi Chi (ΨΧ) is the International Honor Society in Psychology. It was founded in 1929 for the purposes of “encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology”. Many of the luminaries in psychology have been Psi Chi members, including B.F. Skinner and Philip Zimbardo. As an undergraduate student, the society offers you an opportunity to learn more about careers and graduate study in psychology, to apply for research and travel support, and to network with psychologists.
Membership is open to undergraduate, graduate, alumni, and faculty members who make the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. You can find information on joining the local chapter and about their events at the Psychology Club website.
Undergraduate students must meet the following criteria in order to become members of Psi Chi:
- be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program (or a program psychological in nature)
- have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
- have completed 9 semester hours (or 14 quarter hours) of psychology courses
- have an overall GPA in top 35% of their class (based on rankings within sophomore, junior, & senior classes) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.
Graduate students must
- be accepted into and enrolled in a psychology or closely related graduate program
- have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate psychology courses in that program
- have an overall GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate courses including psychology courses
- meet their graduate program’s requirements (e.g., if specific courses require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0)