Psi Chi National Honor Socieity in Psychology

Sponsored by Dr. Carlson and Dr. Winquist

Psi Chi, the national honor society, was installed at Valparaiso University in 1990. Psychology majors and minors who have completed at least nine credit hours in psychology and at least three semesters of undergraduate study, and who have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement may be selected for membership.

Membership in Psi Chi is an earned honor which is for life. A permanent record of your membership is preserved at the Psi Chi National Office and may be used for reference purposes such as applications for graduate school and jobs. The Psi Chi national membership fee is $35. This one-time fee is for lifetime membership, a certificate suitable for framing, and a membership card. There are no annual national dues, but each chapter may have chapter dues.

When you are inducted into Psi Chi, you become eligible to wear the Psi Chi honor cord, medallion, jewelry, stole, etc-copies of Psi Chi's magazine, Eye on Psi Chi. are sent to each chapter for distribution to the members while they are in school. After graduation, members are encouraged to subscribe to Eye on Psi Chi to keep up with Psi Chi news. Psi Chi members are eligible to present research papers/posters at Psi Chi pro- grams held at national and regional conventions. In addition, members may participate in Psi Chi's under- graduate and graduate research award and grant programs. Undergraduate members may submit their research for publication in the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research. The names of new members and activities of chapters are published in Eye on Psi Chi and are preserved for historical purposes. To obtain more information about Psi Chi and its benefits, visit our website at

If you are interested in joining Psi Chi, please fill out the form on the other side of this sheet and return it to the Psi Chi chapter officer or faculty advisor listed on the bottom of the form. The chapter will then deter- mine if you are eligible for membership's look forward to hearing from you.


  • Completion of at least 3 semesters or 5 quarters of the college course.
  • Completion of 9 semester hours or 14 quarter hours of psychology.
  • Registration for major or minor standing in psychology or for a program psychological in nature which is equivalent to such standings.
  • Undergraduates who are elected to Psi Chi must tank in the upper 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, senior) in general scholarship. In addition, they must also demonstrate superior scholarship in psychology, earning a minimum GPA in psychology courses of at least 3.00, and a minimum overall GPA of 3.00 in those few instances when the upper 35% falls below a 3.00 GPA. Psi Chi accepts the policy of the institution's registrar regarding grades.
  • For graduate students, an average grade of "B" or better in all graduate courses, including psychology.
  • High standards of personal behavior.
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present at a regular meeting of the chapter.

* Any chapter may establish minimum scholastic qualifications that are higher than those listed here; however, service or attendance requirements should not be added to membership eligibility standards.