Global Politics Fellows
The Global Politics Fellows program is a 15 credit academic program for selected students majoring in Government and International Politics and Global Affairs at George Mason University. The academic program is based at the Arlington campus and incorporates a significant internship experience into the semester.
The Global Politics Fellows make up a small cohort of 20 to 30 students, all interested in the role of government in society, here in the United States and abroad. The smaller classes allow for more student discussion and the opportunity to delve deeper into the issues the world faces today. The internship provides students the chance to immediately apply what they are learning and offers students greater insight into their future career in the arena of government and global affairs.
The Pi Sigma Alpha National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society dedicated to college and university students studying government in the United States. There are over 740 chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha nationwide. At George Mason University, the Xi Lambda Chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha strives to promote the personal, professional, and academic growth of its members relative to the field of political science.
Students as Scholars
Students as Scholars is Mason’s undergraduate research and creative activities initiative. Mason faculty from many disciplines call their academic work scholarship, and we consider ourselves scholars. Students as Scholars is our way of giving undergraduate students an invitation to participate in research and creative activities, both within and beyond the classroom.
GMU Forensics has been the most successful team in George Mason’s history, continuously ranking in the national top 35 schools every year since 1975, the top 5 schools each year since 2007, and even garnered the National Championship in 1979. One published study revealed that GMU is one of the few schools on the national level that has, over the past twenty years, remained solidly among the top programs.
Mason Model United Nations
Members of Mason’s Model United Nations participate in intercollegiate Model United Nations conferences at which delegates from universities and colleges across the country participate in committee simulations over an extended weekend (typically Thursday-Sunday), each hosted by a prestigious university at their campus or at a nearby hotel. Realistic simulations of the United Nations create engaging and educational experiences for those students ready to challenge themselves intellectually.
The George Mason University Toastmasters Club was officially chartered by Toastmasters International on June 1, 2008. There are currently 25 faculty and staff members who meet for an hour once per week to learn and practice communication and leadership skills. Toastmasters is for everyone. Whether your public speaking skills are at the beginner’s stage or you consider yourself to be a seasoned professional, you can gain experience as a member.
Alpha Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States. George Mason University’s Pi Sigma Alpha chapter was established in 1983 and is designed to recognize college students who have excelled in the field of Political Science. For more information see the Pi Sigma Alpha website below.
“Pi Sigma Alpha is designed to recognize outstanding students of political science and government. At George Mason we have an active and dynamic chapter that provides students with many opportunities to excel and network in political science.”—Dr. Jennifer Bowie, former Faculty Advisor
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Alpha Delta is the world’s largest coed law fraternity for pre-law students and George Mason University’s only student run pre-law organization. The fundamental objective of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law is to assist undergraduate students in making an informed choice in selecting law as a career, deciding which law school to attend, and preparing for the rigors of law school. Members get the opportunity to attend conferences and speak with test prep companies, admissions counselors, law students, and attorneys to learn more about law school and the legal profession. For more information see the Phi Alpha Delta’s website below.
“I joined Phi Alpha Delta in my freshman year of college, and I love it. Phi Alpha Delta events gave me a realistic view of the law school admissions process from the start and a chance to speak with other students at George Mason with a common interest in the law.” —Shamama Moosvi
“Getting involved with Phi Alpha Delta has been a great experience. The people I met and the knowledge I gained about getting into law school has been very beneficial and encouraging to my college career.” —Katrina Petz
“Pi Sigma Alpha is an organization dedicated to getting its members involved in the community by building connections and opportunities through enlightening and agreeable activities within the fields of government and political science.” —Angela Ancalle, President