Psi Chi - National Honor Society in Psychology


On September 4, 1929, James P. Porter, department chair in the psychology department at Ohio University, and representatives from 10 other psychology departments signed a charter establishing Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology. Today the Ohio University chapter of Psi Chi is one of the more than 1,000 chapters at colleges and universities throughout the country.

To become a member of Psi Chi, a student must satisfy the following minimum qualifications.


  • Completion of 3 semesters of college courses
  • Completion of 9 semester hours in psychology
  • Major or minor in psychology or a related program
  • Rank in the upper 35% of class in gpa, a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.0 in all coursework, and a minimum cumulative gpa of 3.0 in psychology
  • High standards of personal behavior
  • Two-thirds affirmative vote of those present