Pi Gamma Mu is interdisciplinary in nature. In fact, it is the oldest and preeminent interdisciplinary social science honor society in the United States. This enables Pi Gamma Mu members from various social science disciplines to learn from and work with each other. By fostering connections and encouraging collaboration among the various social science disciplines, Pi Gamma Mu seeks to advance the social sciences as a whole. Our interdisciplinary approach also allows Pi Gamma Mu Chapters to include students from a wide variety of majors, allowing for more interdisciplinary collaboration and for members to glean insights from their peers from a variety of disciplines.
The Pi Gamma Mu Constitution (2017) states:
Social Sciences are those disciplines which emphasize the scientific study of human societies and social relationships including but not limited to such disciplines as history, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, international relations, criminal justice, social work, psychology, social philosophy, history of education, human geography, and human services, as well as related interdisciplinary programs anchored in the Social Sciences, particularly those that focus on race, ethnicity, gender, the environment, and regional studies.
Among other requirements for membership, students must have at least 20 credit hours in social science courses. The following majors frequently require at least 20 social science credits and should be considered by Chapter Advisers when identifying eligible students: