Student Organizations


The purpose of the Student Association of Graduate Education (SAGE) is to promote research, quality education and academic fellowship among graduate students in education. It is housed in the College of Education. Interested students should contact the Office of the Dean of the College of Education.


Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Kappa Mu are national honor societies open to students in all disciplines. The societies recognize outstanding academic achievement in undergraduate and graduate students.

In the College of Education, there are two honor societies; Psi Chi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology. Since Psi Chi was founded in 1929 as an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and as a member of the Association of College Honor Societies, 326 chapters have been established in colleges and universities of recognized and accredited standing in 49 states. Most of its active members are students. About half of these are undergraduates majoring or minoring in psychology and half are psychology graduate students and faculty members. All are persons whose scholastic prowess must have been demonstrated prior to the rites of initiation. Graduate students elected to Psi Chi at Tennessee State University must have obtained an average grade of 3.40 or better in all graduate courses, with a minimum of eight (8) semester hours of psychology completed, and three letters of recommendation. Regular induction ceremonies are set in the Spring Semester of each academic year. Further information is available from the Department of Psychology.

Phi Delta Kappa is a professional education fraternity for those with careers in education. The goals of the fraternity emphasize research and scholarship. One has to be invited to be initiated by a current member. Further information is available from the Department of Educational Administration.

Professional Organizations: Those preparing to teach or work in certificated areas in school settings are encouraged to join the Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA). Tennessee State University has a very active chapter of this professional organization, which is the student arm of the National Education Association. The Tennessee State University Chapter won first place in 1990 as the "Outstanding STEA Chapter" in Tennessee. Membership forms may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of the College of Education or the STEA Advisor.

The Graduate Psychology Student Organization (GPSO) is open to current Tennessee State University graduate students in Psychology. The purpose of this organization is to:

  1. Establish and promote relations between graduate psychology students and faculty;
  2. Act as representative for all graduate psychology students in the pursuit of excellence in the professional preparation of psychologists;
  3. Unify students through educational and social functions;
  4. Establish clear communication avenues between the University administration, faculty, and students;
  5. Aid the interchange of ideas between students and professionals;
  6. Promote and uphold the interest of students and professionals;
  7. Promote and uphold the interest of students and aid faculty by participation in the administrative processes.

   *Further information is available from the Department of Psychology.

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