PSI CHI / The Psychology Club


Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Psi Chi serves two major goals-

    1. One immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater
      rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere
      fact of membership.
    2. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the national organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.

    The Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, which helps to unite the members, inform them and recognize their contributions and accomplishments. The quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students and provides a valuable learning experience by introducing them to the publishing and review process.


Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. All students with an interest in Psychology are invited to join the Psychology Club.

Undergraduate students who wish to become members of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology, must meet the following requirements:

        1. Must be enrolled at SHSU
        2. Must have established a GPA at SHSU
        3. Must be at least a second-semester sophomore
        4. Must be enrolled as a psychology major or minor
        5. 9 hours of completed coursework in psychology at *Sam Houston State. (please visit for constitutional requirements)
        6. 3.0 Overall GPA
        7. 3.25 Psychology GPA

        *"Undergraduate students who have transferred to a new institution and are interested in becoming a Psi Chi member must meet the requirements listed above, plus complete one semester at the new institution to establish a GPA and complete 9 hours of psychology courses at the new institution".

        Note: "Psi Chi chapters may use more stringent academic criteria for membership than those required in the Psi Chi Constitution, but they cannot use lower academic standards than those required in the Constitution".

    If you are unsure how to calculate your Psychology GPA, please bring the following to one of the meetings and one of our officers will assist you in a confidential meeting.

        1. A list of all Psychology courses taken
        2. Grades earned in these courses
        3. How many hours each class was worth

    *New requirement on attendance:

    All members must attend at least two meetings or one special event.