Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purpose of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate 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 (ACHS) and is an Affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS).
Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests and who meet the minimum qualifications. Students who meet the minimum qualifications will be contacted and asked if they want to become a member. If they accept, they will be inducted into the Berea College chapter in a formal ceremony.
In order to qualify for Psi Chi membership students must:
- Have completed 3 psychology courses
- Have registered as a major in psychology
- Rank in the upper 35 percent of their class in general scholarship and must demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology by earning an average of “B” or higher in psychology (i.e. 3.0 GPA)
The intrinsic value of membership is rewarding to the achiever in that the recognition of excellence leads to self-fulfillment and thus to self-realization. Concrete advantages of membership include:
- A membership certificate and card which give tangible evidence of membership
- A gold braided cord which is worn at graduation as a mark of both scholarship and membership in the society
- The recognition of achievement and scholarship on references (i.e. resume`s and letters of reference)
- Opportunities for professional growth such as promoting students’ research, receiving national and international recognition, meeting and interacting with leaders in the field, and meeting with other Psi Chi memebers who will also be future leaders