Clubs and Organizations
What is Psi Beta? Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. It is the first two-year college honor society approved for membership in the Association of College Honor Societies, which regulates membership requirements. The mission of Psi Beta is professional development of psychology students through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. The society functions as a federationof chapters located at over 175 accredited two-year colleges. Psychology students become members through chapters at their colleges. The chapters are operated by the Psi Beta student membership and faculty advisors. A National Council composed of Psi Beta advisors guides the affairs of the organization and determines policy. The national office coordinates and records activities and maintains membership files. Psi Beta participates with Psi Chi, the four-year honor society in psychology, and both the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society.
Do I have to be a psychology major to join? Absolutely not. Most of our members have interests in related fields such as education or social work, but membership is not restricted by major. We enjoy the diversity brought by all kinds of students and majors, many of whom are surprised to learn how psychology interfaces with their career interests.
Why join a college honor society? Because it acknowledges your hard work and accomplishments.It connects you with people who are equally invested in their future, and who may have something to contribute towards your development. It establishes relationships that enrich, nurture, and support, both now and in the future, and it tells future employers and programs that you did something more that just take class.
Does it cost money? Currently, there is a one–time, life-time membership fee of $50 that maintains your national membership records for life. The local chapter does not charge any fee.
So what does Psi Beta do? We tend to be a small organization that is, like most, what people care to make of it. We readily accept an obligation of community service and participate in college food drives and the angel tree activities, among others. We also celebrate the moments along the semester that keep us going, and take a yearly road trip to a four–year school. Career and transfer issues keep us busy in between. We are proud to have members that have already finished graduate programs, and we have a growing network of members attending many colleges and universities.
Meetings? We generally meet about once a month, and will start back in earnest Fall Semester.
Officers? Will be elected Fall Semester.
Membership is by invitation. Requirements include:
- At least 12 credit hours successfully completed at an accredited college
- At least a 4.0 grade point average overall
- At least 3 credit hours successfully completed in psychology
- At least a "B" in all psychology coursework
- High standards of personal integrity, behavior, and conduct
- Psi Beta National Honor Society
- The American Psychological Association
- The American Psychological Society
- Careers in Psychology