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Student Associations

In addition to a wide variety of clubs and activities available on campus, the Department of Political Science and International Studies has three student associations that compliment our courses. These opportunities will help you develop a professional network for the future.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. At present, there are nearly 700 Pi Sigma Alpha chapters on campuses across the country. Pi Sigma Alpha is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies.

The Dominican University of California Alpha Delta Omicron Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha was established in fall 2006. Applicants must have completed a minimum of ten semester-credits of coursework in political science (including at least one upper-division course) with a B average in those courses.  Applicants must also have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average.

There is a one-time initiation fee of $40, and no annual dues.



Dr. Gigi Gokcek
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Pi Sigma Alpha Faculty Advisor

Dominican's Debate Club

Dominican has two public policy debate courses that provide a foundation for the debate club. These courses challenge students to develop their debating skills and to be broadly informed about a wide range of contemporary national and international public policy issue areas.  Students engage in rigorous debate practices, exhibitions, and tournaments.  In addition, students develop a portfolio of public policy research summaries  that are useful for other courses and research projects



Dr. Christian Dean
Professor of Political Science
Pre-Law Advisor

Dominican Political Science Association (DPSA)

The Department of Political Science Student Association (DPSA) organizes social and educational events for all students in the department as well as for the entire Dominican community.

Through special topic forums, movie/game nights, panel presentations, and hosting of a variety of guest speakers from the Bay Area, DPSA encourages its members to both have fun and explore ideas and opportunities that will further their academic and professional careers.



Alison Howard


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