Penn State Behrend has five active political student groups on campus: the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, the Behrend Political Society, College Democrats, College Republicans, and Model United Nations.
The Political Science program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, established a chapter of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society in 2011. Pi Sigma Alpha is the only honor society for college students of political science and government in the United States.
The Behrend Political Society hosts campus political debates and forums on current issues. The group also brings local alumni to campus to speak about careers for political science majors. For example, the Behrend Political Society has organized and hosted a Harborcreek candidate forum on campus, led student voter registration drives, and hosted forums with Pennsylvania judges and Pennsylvania state senators.
College Democrats and College Republicans both work on student voter registration efforts, volunteer for the local campaigns for presidential, congressional, and state legislative candidates, bring candidates and political leaders to campus to speak to students, and generally work at increasing the level of student political activism at Penn State Behrend.
For information about these groups or to get on their mailing lists, contact Dr. Robert Speel at [email protected].