New York Tau Chapter
of the international honor society in social sciences

Pi Gamma Mu is committed to academic excellence in the social sciences.

64 credits or more completed with 3.0 CQPA, including
20 credits or more in any combination of social sciences with 3.0 CQPA in just those

Social sciences applicable to membership are Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, History, Philosophy-Religious Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Human/Cultural Geography.

To apply, list the qualifying courses you have taken and the grades received in them.  Give your name, ID number, major, email, home phone, work phone, current mailing address (with zip code), useful mailing address good for next two years.  Deliver to Dr. Linda Quest, New York Tau chapter sponsor.

The one-time initiation fee of $35. includes diploma, pin, card, and one-year trial subscription to the Pi Gamma Mu newsletter and International Social Science Review.  Induction confers life membership.  It is an asset on a member's resumé or curriculum vita.

New York Tau chapter has been on the international Roll of Distinction annually since 1988.  In 1988 and in 1999 it was honored with the Joseph B. James "chapter incentive award," which recognizes the performance of the designated chapter and encourages other chapters to engage in service activities.  The activities that New York Tau has made a practice of doing include:  sponsoring guest speakers on timely topics of special interest to the social sciences, issuing Current Global Issues on a yearly basis, preparing and distributing special items such as Politics Lexicon and Manual for Majors, Minors, and Others, as well as collections of cartoons during presidential-election years.

Pi Gamma Mu was founded in 1924 by Dean Leroy Allen from Southwestern College in Kansas and Dean William A. Hamilton of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.  Seventeen founding chapters were organized simultaneously.  The Society incorporated April 5, 1929, as a non-profit corporation in Colorado, under the name of The National Social Science Honor Society, Pi Gamma Mu, Inc.   In 1980 the Board of Trustees took action to acknowledge its chapters outside the United States by changing the name to Pi Gamma Mu, International Honor Society in Social Science.  Headquarters are in Winfield, Kansas.  Since 1993, the Society has had its headquarters in the Carnegie Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings.

The present Pi Gamma Mu constitution calls for international triennial conventions.  These are held in various locations, such as 2005 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Pi Gamma Mu is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, on whose council it has a representative.  It is also affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which classifies Pi Gamma Mu as a constituent organization of Section K--Social, Economic, and Political Science.

Pi Gamma Mu awards annually three named scholarships that currently carry stipends of $2,000, plus a number of $1,000 Pi Gamma Mu scholarships for one year of graduate study in the social science areas.  Any member of the Society is eligible to apply as a graduating senior or later.  The deadline for applications is January 30.  The address of Pi Gamma Mu headquarters is 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156.  Email is