Student Organizations

Students have the opportunity to participate in worldwide organizations that foster enrichment in the studies of government and politics.


Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society

Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Honor Society for the Department of Government. The Rho Pi Chapter was founded in 1920 at the University of Texas for the purpose of stimulating scholarship and intelligent interest in political science. The chapter at the University of West Florida was founded in 1989. 

At the University of West Florida, this organization brings together ‌faculty and students interested in the study of government and politics. Its principal purpose is to recognize academic excellence on the part of political science and international studies majors. New members are inducted at an annual banquet held in the spring at which a person involved in public affairs is invited to speak. 

‌‌Criteria For Membership in The Rho Pi Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha:

  • Be a student currently enrolled in a program of the Department of Government
  • Have completed at least 12 credit hours within the Department of Government
  • Undergraduate students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.00; and major/minor GPA of at least 3.00 
  • MA candidates must have a GPA of at least 3.50
World Affairs Organization/Model United Nations Icon
World Affairs and Model United Nations

World Affairs Organization/Model U.N.

This club is open to all students of the University of West Florida. Its mission is to call attention to international issues and to foster cross-cultural understanding by means of meetings, debates, round-table discussions, dinners, forums, hosting expert ‌speakers, and promoting the Model U.N.

Model United Nations is a worldwide educational effort to introduce students to the activities of the United Nations through a simulated environment of meetings in which participants take on the roles of country representatives to the UN committees. Members have the opportunity to attend regional and national conferences and participate in organized debates. 

Faculty Sponsor: Dr. Jacob Shively, jshively@uwf.edu, (850) 474-3008

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