Pi Gamma Mu - International Honor Society in Social Science 

History and Purpose

The society was founded in 1924 by the deans of the College of William and Mary and of Southwestern College in Kansas. It is the oldest, the largest, and the most significant of the honor societies broadly concerned with the social sciences. It now has 180,000 members in 170 active chapters located at large universities, medium-sized institutions and liberal arts colleges throughout the United States and abroad. 

The society was founded in 1924 by the deans of the College of William and Mary and of Southwestern College in Kansas. It is the oldest, the largest, and the most significant of the honor societies broadly concerned with the social sciences. It now has 180,000 members in 170 active chapters located at large universities, medium-sized institutions and liberal arts colleges throughout the United States and abroad. 

The purpose of Pi Gamma Mu is to foster excellence in the social sciences and to promote cooperation among them. The motto of the society is "Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free."

In addition to the work of its chapters, the honor society supports scholarships for graduate work, guest lectureships for chapters, the publication of International Social Science Review, andPi Gamma Mu Newsletter. It is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies. 

Who can join Pi Gamma Mu?

An individual may be invited or may petition to join an active chapter of Pi Gamma Mu when he/she is a junior, senior or graduate student in the upper 35 percent of the class, has at least 20 semester hours in social science, and has a grade average of "B" or better. Pi Gamma Mu's constitution defines the social sciences to include the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, social psychology, social philosophy, history of education, and cultural geography.

Faculty and administrators may also accept the privileges and responsibilities of membership in a college chapter.

South Carolina Theta Chapter at USC Aiken

South Carolina Theta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu received its charter on February 4, 1994 when 25 members were initiated. Since that time, the chapter has continuously initiated new members each year, normally in the fall semester. The initiation banquet with guest speaker is the highlight of fall events for the chapter and a special field trip normally earmarks spring semester.