Psi Chi is an international honor society in psychology. The name Psi Chi comes from the Greek words “psyche” and “cheries” which respectively imply “mind” and “hands;” in this way, Psi Chi is a psychology fellowship with the following purpose and mission adapted from the Psi Chi website:
Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.
The mission of Psi Chi is to produce a well-educated, ethical, and socially responsible member committed to contributing to the science and profession of psychology and to society in general. In pursuit of our mission we will:
- advance the science and profession of psychology
- promote an educational experience consistent with the mission
- promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders
- define and establish an organizational structure that promotes our mission
- recognize and foster the contributions that diversity makes to the science and practice of psychology
Psi Chi is different than a club in that students are invited to become members if they meet certain requirements:
- be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
- have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
- have completed at least 9 semester hours or equivalent of psychology courses
- have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)2
- have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses
If you have been invited to become a member of Psi Chi, you may apply here.