Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society in the Social Sciences

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and preeminent honor society in the social sciences. Our mission is to encourage and recognize scholarship in social science disciplines and to foster cooperation and social service among its members. Pi Gamma Mu serves social science disciplines which seek to understand and explain human behavior, social relationships, and their related problems and issues. Currently, there are around 150 active chapters in the United States and overseas.

Benefits of membership include: The opportunity to publish scholarly work in International Social Science Review; access to potential scholarships and leadership opportunities; and the possibility of an increased entry-level salary if pursuing federal employment (GS-7 level positions).

Pi Gamma Mu's constitution defines the social sciences to include the disciplines of history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, psychology, international relations, criminal justice, social work, social philosophy, history of education, and cultural/human geography. Membership is also extended to interdisciplinary social science areas that build on the core social science disciplines, such as business and society, education, minority studies, public administration, international studies, public finance, leadership studies, consumer behavior, public policy and organizational behavior.

Mason’s chapter Advisors and Sponsors are Vita M. Chalk from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Shannon N. Davis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.

Membership and Fees

Membership applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year, however students must complete their application for membership at least three weeks prior to an induction ceremony to participate in the induction ceremony.

Criteria for Eligibility:


  • Completion of at least twenty semester hours/credits in the Social Sciences (faculty sponsors have wide discretion regarding which courses with significant Social Sciences content will count). Transfer and dual credit hours in the Social Sciences, accepted by the institution, may be considered once a student has completed one full-time quarter or semester at that institution, home of the chapter from which membership is sought. Major in the Social Sciences is not a requirement for membership. 
  • Members must have an average grade of "B" or better in all Social Sciences courses.
  • Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above

Graduate or Professional Student Members:

  • Any graduate or professional student who is a candidate for an advanced degree in a Social Science field at a college or university with a Pi Gamma Mu chapter may be invited to membership if s/he has successfully completed nine or more graduate hours and fulfills all local chapter requirements.

Students that meet the criteria above with an interest in joining our Chapter must first complete a short chapter membership survey HERE

Meet your chapter President:

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David Dixon is the current chapter president of Virginia Mu at George Mason University. A native of Warren, Ohio, David enlisted in the United States Army after high school, where he served honorably for four years. After completing military service, David returned to college as an adult learner and graduated from Essex Community College in Baltimore County, Maryland, receiving his Associates degree in Business Administration. Returning to Ohio, he worked full-time in the manufacturing sector as a Production Specialist while simultaneously completing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Youngtown State University in 2006, with honors. After graduation, David relocated to the Washington, DC area and soon returned to federal government service as a civilian. David’s most significant work was at the Department of Veterans Affairs as a Contracting Officer. Among his career accomplishments, he received an award from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs in 2013 for exceeding the agency’s Small Business Procurement Goals. In 2016, David was selected to mentor a participant in the Warrior to Work Acquisition intern program.

David will obtain his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the George Mason Schar School of Policy and Government in December 2020. His academic concentration is Public Management, which focuses on the various functions required for management of public resources, and the processes that support government operations. His interests include advocating for the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned small business government contracting approach, and mentorship for aspiring and junior federal careerists. In his leisure time, David enjoys watching sports, reading, playing video games, traveling and bicycling.

If you have additional questions about eligibility criteria or how to join Pi Gamma Mu, please email chapter representatives at: pgmvamu@gmu.edu.