Pi Gamma Mu Social Sciences Honor Society-Virginia Mu Chapter

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About Us

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences. Our mission is to encourage and recognize scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. Pi Gamma Mu serves social science disciplines which seek to understand and explain human behavior, social relationships, and their related problems and issues. Currently, there are around 150 active chapters in the United States and overseas. For more information visit our website: https://academicaffairs.chss.gmu.edu/connection/pi-gamma-mu

Members Benefits

Benefits of membership include the opportunity to publish scholarly work in International Social Science Review; access to potential scholarships and leadership opportunities; and the possibility of an increased entry-level salary if pursuing federal employment (GS-7 level positions). Membership applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, however students must complete their application for membership at least three weeks prior to an induction ceremony to participate in the induction ceremony.









The Social Sciences

Pi Gamma Mu's constitution defines the social sciences to include the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, international relations, criminal justice, social work, social philosophy, history of education, and cultural/human geography. Membership is also extended to interdisciplinary social science areas that build on the core social science disciplines, such as business and society, education, minority studies, public administration, international studies, public finance, leadership studies, consumer behavior, public policy and organizational behavior.


Completion of at least twenty semester hours/credits in the Social Sciences (faculty sponsors have wide discretion regarding which courses with significant Social Sciences content will count). Transfer and dual credit hours in the Social Sciences, accepted by the institution, may be considered once a student has completed one full-time quarter or semester at that institution, home of the chapter from which membership is sought. Major in the Social Sciences is not a requirement for membership.

Members must have an average grade of "B" or better in all Social Sciences courses. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above.

Graduate or Professional Student Members:

Graduate or professional students attending a college or university with an active Pi Gamma Mu chapter who have completed nine graduate hours in social science-related coursework, with an average grade of "B" or better in all Social Sciences courses.

Students that meet the criteria above with an interest in joining our Chapter must first complete a short chapter membership survey: https://forms.office.com/r/gRGUUxN5zW.

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