Pi Sigma Alpha

The History of Pi Sigma Alpha


In October 1920, the first class of Pi Sigma Alpha students was inducted at the University of Texas, Austin by Professor C. Perry Patterson. This first class featured 13 student inductees. 12 men and one woman. From that group would come a future Supreme Court justice and US attorney general, a future US Ambassador, a future leader in the organized labor movement, and a half dozen future attorneys. 

Since then Pi Sigma Alpha has inducted over 300,000 members, including Representative Ilhan Omar, Senator Susan Collins, and many other governmental and organizational leaders from all over the country, as well as prominent political scientists like Dr. Jewell Prestage, the first African-American woman to receive a doctorate in political science. Like the Pi Sigma Alpha alums who have come before, each new Pi Sigma Alpha member has an opportunity to take your political science training and the relationships you’ve developed along the way to make a difference in your community.

Want to learn more about Pi Sigma Alpha’s 100+ year history? Download or order a copy of our history booklet!