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Student Organizations

Department Organizations

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Model OAS

The Model Organization of American States (MOAS) is an academic organization through which students learn how the Organization of American States operates by competing in student debate competitions, such as the Eugene Scassa Mock Organization of American States.  In MOAS, students study parliamentary debate, diplomacy and the economic, political, and security issues facing the Americas today.

For additional information, email Prof. Ben Arnold (


UN  Model UN

  The Model United Nations (MUN) is an academic   organization through which students learn how the United Nations operates by competing in student debate competitions, such as the Harvard National Model United Nations.  In MUN, students study parliamentary debate, diplomacy, and current global issues.

For additional information, email Prof. Ben Arnold (


Facebook: TxstateMOASandMUN


DinDDiscourse in Democracy

Discourse in Democracy hosts an annual series of lectures, panels, film showing and other events featuring prominent scholars, government officials, and community leaders . The events are designed to foster a lively and wide-ranging conversation among students, faculty, and the local community about the nature, foundation, and future of liberal democracy and the practices that sustain it, as well as involvement in public affairs.

For additional information, email Dr. Don Inbody (


Honor and Fraternal Organizations

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha

Founded in 1920 at the University of Texas at Austin, Pi Sigma Alpha is the only national honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.  Membership to the organization, which currently has grown to over 700 chapters, provides distinction and advantage in a competitive world. The Texas State Chapter, Rho Eta, was established in 1988 and over the last thirty years has hosted a variety of lectures and community-service projects.

For additional information, email Dr. Thomas Varacalli (


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Phi Alpha Delta

Phi Alpha Delta is an international law fraternity that was established in 1902 and has since grown to 213 law chapters, 368 pre-law chapters, and 109 alumni chapters. Texas State’s pre-law chapter is dedicated to providing the most useful and accurate information for law school bound students by visiting law schools and hosting professional guest panels and LSAT workshops. PAD is committed to creating an atmosphere of motivation, encouragement, and focus for all pre-law students.
For additional information, email Dr. Carol Dochen (

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Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is a worldwide honor society for Public Affairs and Administration, founded and run by NASPAA in 1974. It has over 160 chapters with every member representing the highest levels of academic achievement, promoting the advancement in education and practice of public affairs and administration.

For additional information, email Dr. Howard Balanoff (



Supporting Women in Political Science (SWIPS)

SWIPS is a non-partisan student organization at Texas State University begun in 2017. The group's primary purpose is professional development and leadership on campus. We welcome any interested Texas State students to join us for general meetings, our lecture series, and socials. Our facebook page contains general and contact information, as well photos from our most recent events.


Twitter: @SWIPS_TXST


For additional information, email Dr. Jennifer Lamm ( or Dr. Ashleen Bagnulo (