International Honor Society in Social Sciences
The mission of Pi Gamma Mu is to encourage and promote excellence in the social sciences and to uphold the ideals of scholarship and service.







1. International experience is crucial to a competitive resume and to develop skills to work in the global arena. THE NATIONAL SECURITY EDUCATION PROGRAM (NSEP) David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships are intended to provide support to U.S. undergraduates who will pursue the study of languages and cultures currently underrepresented in study abroad and critical to U.S. national security.

NSEP focuses on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security. It draws on a broad definition of national security applied by the President in his annual National Security Strategy, recognizing that the scope of national security has expanded to include not only the traditional concerns of protecting and promoting American well-being, but also the challenges of global society, including: sustainable development, environmental degradation, global disease and hunger, population growth and migration, and economic competitiveness.

The NSEP service requirement stipulates that an award recipient work in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, State, or the Intelligence Community. There is also an expectation that NSEP Scholars will use the language or regional expertise acquired as a result of the award in their work for the U.S. government.

Additional information and an online application are available at the NSEP Web site: To contact the NSEP office by mail: National Security Education Program, David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarships, Institute of International Education, 1400 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20005, or call 800-618-NSEP or e-mail: [email protected].

You might also want to check out the IIEPassport materials which help students find the right program and provide advisors with tools to help counsel students and promote study abroad. The IIEPassport Study Abroad Directories and the online search engine include detailed information on more than 7500 study abroad programs worldwide. The online search engine at allows you to search by country or subject to find the study abroad funding information that you need.

2. INSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and the Institute for Experiential Learning (IEL) will co-sponsor a $500 scholarship to any ACHS member student who participates in the ACHS/IEL Washington Internship Program. Pi Gamma Mu has been a member of ACHS since 1953.

ACHS is dedicated to “excellence in scholarship, service, programs, and governance.” IEL is known as the “premier internship program in Washington, DC.” You can find more information at either group’s Web site, or

3. The ACADEMIC STUDIES ABROAD programs for summer and fall 2010, held in Ireland, Spain, France, Italy and England, Argentina, Chile and Costa Rica are soliciting applications. ASA offers summer, trimester, semester and academic year study abroad programs. Academic Studies Abroad is a leader in affordable study abroad programs that allow students to earn college credits while abroad. Students come from all over the United States and from over 300 colleges and universities. Prices and deadlines vary – check the Web site for more information: or call 888-845-4272.

4. JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR TALENTED YOUTH has a summer program designed to inspire young people by offering distinctive educational opportunities that nurture intellectual abilities, advance academic achievement, and enhance personal development for students from the second to the seventh grade who are very bright.

Instructional assistants are college students with a commitment to education and an understanding of the particular challenges of working with students in an intense environment. You can earn $1100 per 3-week session. Room and board are provided at residential sites where each staff member gets his/her own room in a college residence hall.

Session 1: June 27 - July 16, 2010
Session 2: July 18 - August 6, 2010

While application consideration begins in January, there is no cutoff date. The program continues to hire on an as-needed basis through the beginning of the programs. However, the earlier that it receive your application, the more likely it will be that there is an available position that matches your interest and experience.

The 2010 CTY Summer Employment Application is available online at If you have questions about summer employment with CTY, write to [email protected], call 410-735-6185 or check out the Web site for more details:

5. BRITISH STUDIES PROGRAM - In July 2010 students will once again have the opportunity to study political science in London through a 4-week course offered by the British Studies Program.

The program is offered July 1 – August 1, 2010. Each of the 20 courses offered carries six hours of undergraduate or graduate credit from The University of Southern Mississippi, a fully accredited institution of higher learning. Southern Miss offers the program through a consortium of 14 United States colleges and universities, and each year 150-200 students from across the United States take part in British Studies. Credit is transferable; the program recommends that you check with your home institution regarding its policies for credit transfer.

Students participating in the political science course examine major contemporary issues facing the world community and the activities undertaken by international organizations to address them. Through a series of lectures and site visits in London and a field trip to Brussels and Paris, the course explores global topics such as armed conflict, terrorism, poverty, human rights, economic development, international trade and climate change. The important and unique role played by Great Britain in the international community makes London a hub for global politics and an ideal location to examine these critical issues. This course offers students an exciting opportunity to learn about important global issues while interacting with prominent policy makers and representatives from leading international organizations.

The British Studies Program stays in central London at King's College in one of its dormitories. The rooms are small, but everyone gets a private room with fridge and private bath. Everyone has access to a shared kitchen and the dorm has a large courtyard which serves as a social center of the program. Participants quickly make friends with the students in their class as well as students from across the country.
The dorm is on Stamford Street, approximately 100 yards from Waterloo Station. The central location puts you just a few minutes' walk from Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square, and the theater district. Most people walk when they're headed to central London because it's so close.

The cost for the program is $5799 for undergraduates and $5999 for graduates. This price includes tuition, air travel, housing, and academic travel, including a 4-day trip outside London to places such as Edinburgh, Paris, Normandy, and Brussels. Qualified students can usually get financial aid just as if this were a course you were taking in the United States. You apply through your local financial aid office. The International Programs office at Southern Miss is happy to provide you with information and assistance regarding financial aid and credit transfer.

Feel free to contact the office with any questions regarding this course or the program in general. For more information about the program visit its Web site:


With graduation on the horizon for many Pi Gamma Mu members, don't forget to order your honor cords. They are royal blue and white twisted nylon cords with royal blue tassels. To get your graduation cords, send a check or money order for $15 (which includes postage and handling) to the Pi Gamma Mu headquarters at 1001 Millington, Suite B, Winfield, KS 67156 or phone headquarters (620-221-3128) and give us your credit card number; we will put them in the mail right away.


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