Clubs and Organizations
Expand your horizons and extend your learning beyond the classroom with WSU student clubs and organizations. From improv to pre-health, from the annual Pumpkin Drop to the Cougar Marching Band, you’ll find opportunities to get involved and gain leadership experience.
The more than 40 clubs and honor societies affilitated with the the College of Arts and Sciences take field trips, organize social and networking activities, sponsor guest speakers and presentations, and apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
This organization works to create awareness of the arts on the WSU Pullman campus. They encourage people from all majors and talent bases and helps them accomplish amazing projects and learn new things.
This group works to raise funds in support of WSU’s premiere choral ensemble, Concert Choir, an audition-based, mixed choir of 40–50 singers who meet four times a week and perform several times a semester. Members must register for Concert Choir (MUS 431/531), complete an audition for Dr. Lori Wiest, and be accepted into the ensemble.
The National Association for Music Education addresses all aspects of music education. The WSU group helps prepare students to become music educators through monthly meetings and collaboration with present and past music educators. Anyone who aspires to teach music, in any setting, is welcome.
The Jazz Society is committed to the promotion, support, and performance of jazz music on and around the WSU campus. Anyone interested in the performance and/or promotion of jazz music is welcome.
MTNA is geared toward private music teachers and includes several community-oriented activities throughout the year, including performances. Chapter membership is open to all current WSU music students, subject to membership regulations. To be considered “active,” members must perform at least once per semester in an MTNA Atrium Recital.
Photo Club is not just for serious photographers or people with big expensive cameras! It brings people together to learn, share, and have fun with photography. Activities include monthly competitions, a semi-annual club gallery show, various workshops, field trips, and an annual calendar.
The Pyromaniacs Clay Club is for people who enjoy working with clay. Members go to conferences and workshops, bring in visiting artists, hold sales and fundraisers, and do wheel throwing, hand-building, and sculpture. All are welcome, but only those enrolled in a WSU ceramics class are able to use school equipment to work with clay.
STAGE is WSU’s student theatre group and home to improv comedy troupe Nuthouse. STAGE produces one-act play festivals and full-length plays in Daggy Hall’s Wadleigh Theatre. Opportunities for involvement include acting, directing, playwriting, stage management, and technical direction.
String players seeking to foster a love for symphonic works and to promote music across the WSU campus and to play four or five concerts a year of varied repertoire. All majors are welcome to audition.
This group promotes vocal jazz singing in the WSU community and the Palouse. Vocal Jazz ensembles allow students to express themselves through the singing of jazz and popular music. Voting members consist of regularly enrolled full-time undergraduate and graduate students of WSU; non-voting members may consist of WSU employees or non-students.
This student group promotes film production opportunities at WSU and sponsors the Wazzu Independent Film Festival (WIFF) and other film-related activities. All students interested in film production are welcome.
All students in pre-health professional fields who have completed at least three semesters of college course work and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.2 are invited to join.
Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. Members meet regularly for discussions, research, community service, and fundraisers. Membership requirements include completion of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum, a declared criminal justice major or minor, a minimum overall GPA of 3.2, and a minimum 3.2 GPA in criminal justice courses.
Kappa Kappa Psi is a national honorary band fraternity. The WSU chapter works on service projects while providing the intangibles of morale, spirit, enthusiasm, atmosphere, and attitude within the band. Potential and active members must be enrolled or participate in a band program each semester.
A national honorary open to undergraduates in any major, its mission focuses on recognizing academic achievement and fostering community service. The WSU chapter does outreach in local middle schools and helps with Cougar Summer Camps and middle school science fairs. Socially, the group attends hockey games and coordinates with the Honors College on ice cream socials. Students must join the organization prior to earning 60 credits and must have at least a 3.4 overall GPA. The national membership fee is $60.
Phi Alpha Theta is a professional society to promote the study of history. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially. The Gamma Psi chapter at WSU is open to both undergraduate and graduate students on the Pullman campus who meet the academic requirements.
Psi Chi is a national honor society that works to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of individual members in psychology and to advance the science of psychology. Members must meet academic and ethical standards.
This group serves DTC students’ professional interests and needs in the creative media field.
The English Graduate Organization provides support and advocacy for English graduate students’ interests as students and teachers.
All majors are welcome—the only requirements are an interest in history and a minimum 2.0 GPA. Dues are collected once a year in the amount of $10.
LandEscapes is an undergraduate publication meant to represent the creativity, ingenuity, and skill of all students at WSU. The journal is published once a year in the spring and contains all manner of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, music, and graphic media created by students.
Members are known for being intellectually adventurous. Best known for the annual Pumpkin Drop on Dad’s Weekend, members also design rockets and launch weather balloons, host pizza/movie socials and star parties at the Jewett Observatory, and take tours to places like the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Observatory, both in the Tri-Cities. They also assist one another with research and class assignments.
A student affiliate of the American Chemical Society and open to any undergraduate interested in chemistry, the Chem Club hosts regular meetings with chemistry faculty members and outside speakers and discussions about research and funding. The club’s primary fundraiser is selling student laboratory jackets, which supports programs such as the Mom’s Weekend Chemistry Demo show: a mixture of flames, explosions, and interesting behavior of various chemicals and substances. Members also do outreach to local junior high and high schools as well as Boy Scouts meetings.
An opportunity to interact with student peers who are interested in the well-being of the environment and to work to improve the environment on campus and in the community. The club works with the ASWSU Environmental Task Force to pursue sustainability, environmental protection, and well-being in many different ways.
The club arranges field trips to local sites of geologic interest and give Mom’s Weekend tours from the Webster Hall roof, explaining visible geological features and selling rocks and geological specimens. Their regular pizza/lunch meetings are held in the department undergraduate study lounge that offers computers and lockers.
The GCS is committed to improving the social and academic life of chemistry graduate students at WSU. We have our own library space on campus where members can gather for meetings, social gatherings, and studying. We sponsor barbeques, departmental events, and intramural sports teams. Goggle and notebook sales are our primary fundraising activity.
You don’t have to be a math major to join—just interested in mathematics! The club gives both graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to use and improve their mathematics skills and to learn more about advancements and opportunities in the fields of mathematics. The group invites guest speakers and hosts a campus-wide math competition.
MAPS is a nationally recognized organization under the Student National Medical Association (SNMA). We are open to all students who are interested in becoming competitive applicants for their professional career. We are member-oriented and strive to inspire discussion prior to executing decisions. MAPS is evolving to design stronger curriculum practices and invoke novel learning experiences which are molded by the current members.
Gain information about the field of optometry, connect with fellow students, and network with local optometrists and representatives of various schools and colleges of optometry.
This club is for those who desire a profession or have an interest in the field of dentistry. Members offer knowledge, community service, and volunteer projects year round. Our purpose is to introduce students to the option of pursuing dentistry while making a difference in the community. Feel free to contact a member or show up to one of our scheduled meetings.
Rho Nu is a volunteer club open to all Washington State University pre-nursing students. The name of this organization was adopted from the Greek names for the letters RN, which are, of course, the abbreviation for Registered Nurse.
This is a club for all students interested in professional healthcare fields to collaborate and network with each other and with professionals in the community.
Focused on prospective WSU pharmacy students, the club provides admissions/PCAT information and opportunities to increase knowledge of the fields within pharmacy. Community service and social events allow students to get to know their fellow pre-pharmacy peers, while current pharmacy students, professors, admission advisors, and professionals provide perspective and real-world advice in club presentations. All students considering a career in pharmacy are welcome.
Students interested in a physical therapy career take trips to visit physical therapy graduate programs, network to get assistance in making their applications, take part in fun runs, and participate in charitable activities.
Our club offers academic and social support for pre-professional students in veterinary medicine. We promote scholarship, fellowship, leadership, and character among our members through biweekly meetings, pertinent trips, and activities. Our main goal is to educate members on careers in veterinary medicine and provide information regarding entrance requirements to the various veterinary colleges.
Also know as Zeta Omega, this group explores career options for zoology majors by visiting sites like the wolf center near Lewiston, Idaho, and the raptor rehabilitation center in Boise, Idaho. They also invite professional zoologists to give presentations. The group takes on local public service projects and hosts social activities.
The Anthropology Club offers a series of activities designed to bring faculty and students together informally to facilitate and expand hands-on learning opportunties and foster greater anthropological understanding. The club is open to all currently enrolled WSU undergraduate students.
AGO promotes professional development in anthropology through participation in professional meetings, sponsoring guest speakers, and involvement in local community education.
The CJC-GSA represents the interests of the graduate student body to the department, University, and community. All advanced degree candidates currently enrolled in the WSU Graduate School and pursuing a criminal justice graduate degree, regardless of campus, constitute the CJC-GSA student body and are eligible for election to the CJC-GSA.
The Criminal Justice Club is a means for criminal justice students to meet each other and faculty and to exchange ideas on a semi-regular basis. Anyone interested in criminal justice and/or criminology is welcome to join.
Mock Trial is both a student club and an academic class at WSU. The course is built around a simulated trial of a criminal or civil case in which students role play as the participants. The club Mock Trial team participates in the national competition sponsored by the American Mock Trial Association as well as other invitational tournaments throughout the year.
The mission of the Police Internship Program is to educate and involve students in police operations, provide the University with volunteer security services, develop a mutual understanding between the student population and the WSU Police Department, and generate interest or help prepare interns for careers in law enforcement. The program provides valuable lessons to students as they consider whether to enter law enforcement. The application process each year begins mid-way through spring semester.
This group brings students together to examine the legal structures that govern our society. Activities include public speakers from the legal field, opportunities for civil service and leadership development, educational sessions pertaining to citizenship and law, and preparation for the LSAT. The Pre-Law Society is open to any students interested in the study or future practice of law.
Majors, minors, and those interested in psychology are welcome to join the growing Psych Club, which gives you the answers you need about the major and career options/preparation and opportunities to hear from and network with other psychology students and guest speakers.
Sociology Club provides opportunities to meet and network with sociology faculty and majors, for career development, for civic engagement, and to develop an appreciation for the sociological imagination. Sociology majors are automatically members, but the club is open to all WSU students.