Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology,
founded in 1929 with two primary purposes:
- to encourage, stimulate, and maintain
excellence in scholarship, and
- to advance
the science of psychology.
Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students who are
majoring in psychology, and who meet the minimum qualifications. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College
Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for
Psychological Science (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in
psychology for community and junior colleges.
Students become members by joining the chapter at the school
where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors.
Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the
Society. Over 1,100 Psi Chi chapters are
located around the globe.
All chapters register
their inductees at the Central Office. The total number of memberships
registered at the Central Office is now over
600,000 lifetime members. The Central Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A Board of Directors, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and are
elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy
with the approval of the chapters.