Political Science at Aquinas College

Political Science: Student Clubs

POLIS n comb form [LL, fr. Gk, fr. polis] : broadly : a state or society esp. when characterized by a sense of community; a Greek city-state 
POLIS is the non-partisan Politics Studies Club at AQ. Students have opportunities to engage in scholastic and fun activities such as Model United Nations, Model Arab League, sponsor speakers from across the political spectrum and watch cool movies. POLIS has a tradition of sponsoring fun afternoons or evenings watching then debating the material in films such as We Were Soldiers, Dr. Strangelove, The Manchurian Candidate, Apocalypse Now, Hearts and Minds, and Schindler's List to name only a few. POLIS has hosted a Grand Rapids City Commission debate as well as a Third Congressional District debate between Representative Vern Ehlers and Tim Steele. POLIS members also look forward to the annual golf outing and barbecue at the the end of each school year and to volunteer opportunities such as the Ronald McDonald House.

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Psi Upsilon is the Aquinas College Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Pi Sigma Alpha was founded in 1920 for the purpose of bringing together students and faculty interested in the study of government and politics. Psi Upsilon was chartered in May, 2000.
Psi Upsilon qualifications for membership are:

  1. Political Science Major
  2. Junior Year Status
  3. 3.25 GPA in Political Science
  4. Minimum of 10 Credit Hours of Political Science Courses
  5. Membership Fee

Psi Upsilon has many members under the advisorship of Dr. Molly Patterson and Dr. Roger Durham.
The purpose of Pi Sigma Alpha is "to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science." The society functions at the national level, sponsoring programs and events of value to the profession and teaching of political science, and at the chapter level.
Pi Sigma Alpha offers a number of academic awards:

  1. Best Paper Awards for Graduate and Undergraduate Students, for which each chapter advisor may nominate one undergraduate and one graduate student paper per year.
  2. Howard Penniman Scholarships for Graduate Study, awarded annually to three undergraduates entering graduate programs in political science.
  3. Best Advisor Awards, to honor long-serving chapter advisors whose contribution to his or her chapter has been outstanding.
  4. Best Chapter Awards, are cash awards of $500 to one or two chapters in each of three college enrollment categories.
  5. APSA Student Membership Awards. Each chapter is entitled to award a one-year student membership in the American Political Science Association to one outstanding student each year.
  6. The Franklin L. Burdette Award for the best paper presented at the APSA Annual Meeting.
  7. Best Paper Awards at Regional Political Science Association Meetings.