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 affiliated 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.
Fine and Performing Arts
Allegro represents a broad body of performing artists on the WSU campus. We work to bring opportunities to WSU student musicians, such as helping to bring professional guest artists to WSU, providing performances opportunities, and financially helping students for travel to participate in music- related events.
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 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. Organized under the Allegro RSO.
Dedicated to providing a space for cellists of all skill levels to come together and make music. We are also focused on reaching out to younger musicians across Washington state to provide information and inspiration on the pathways available to musicians pursuing higher education.
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.
A photomedia space for the WSU art.photo community.
Ceramics studio in Pulllman sharing clay processes and concepts.
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. Organized under the Allegro RSO.
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.
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.
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. Organized under the Allegro RSO.
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.
The purpose of WSU Actuarial Science Club shall be focused on preparing aspiring actuaries for exams and internships. Company visits are scheduled to allow for networking opportunities, foster communication, and enrich student relations.
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.
The Ethics Bowl is a regional and a national debate competition, organized by the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE). Each year the APPE distributes 15 cases in applied ethics. In short our teams work hard to prepare these cases for debates against other schools. Team members meet weekly in the fall to prepare for the regional tournament, held in November. Ethics Bowl is open to all undergraduates with an interest in applied ethics and improving their debating skills. Contact the faculty advisor for more information.
The History Club’s goal is to help students, of any year and major, explore their historical interests and interact with lovers of history on campus.
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.
The purpose of Philosophy Club shall be to provide a forum for ideas and discussion of intellectual and curiosity driven topics in collaboration with the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University and other registered organizations. We wish to establish a support for all students with an interest in Philosophy and critical thinking, to expand knowledge in Philosophy as well as professional development of its members with real world applications of philosophy driven skills and analytical skills.
The PSCWSU is a non-partisan organization open to all undergraduate and graduate students of Washington State University. The purpose of the PSCWSU is to encourage political efficacy and participation amongst all students. The PSCWSU hosts guest speakers to spark invigorating cross-partisan conversation and political debate, increases informed voters through the discussion of key political topics, and works to facilitate a civilized cross-partisan environment on campus and in the Pullman community. Visit us on WSU Presence.
Physical, Natural, and Life Sciences
Focus on preparing aspiring actuaries for exams and internships. Periodic visits are scheduled to companies employing actuarials for networking opportunities, fostering communication, and enriching student relations and experiences. Open to all majors.
Furthering the interests of mathematical research, scholarship and education, serving the national and international community through publications, meetings, advocacy and other programs.
Promotes and encourages involvement in the mathematical sciences through mentorship and professional development. Open to undergraduate and graduate students and anyone who supports the advancement of women in math.
The Biology Club is open to all students interested in biology. The club focuses on the many areas of study within biology and seeks to foster a sense of community within the biology community at WSU. All majors are welcome!
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.
We are a student chapter of the Society of American Foresters (SAF), which is the largest and oldest professional society representing the forestry profession in the United States. We have a number of activities, including social events (e.g., bonfires), forest management activities such as thinning stands for firewood, chainsaw training, forestry skills training, and networking with the local working chapter of the SAF.
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.
Two teams of three undergraduate students competed in a 100-hour (4 days and 4 hours) math modeling competition against 15,000 teams world-wide.
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.
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The Washington State University Wildlife Society is the student chapter of a national society. This club is designed to allow people with an interest in wildlife to gain experience, connections, and knowledge about the wide range of topics and careers of wildlife.
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.
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.
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.
Our goal is to provide a supportive and fun environment for the growth and education of WSU’s pre-med student body that will allow them to learn from and contribute to the experiences of their peers, further preparing them to enter into the medical community.
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.
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 will become familiar with the life of a Physician Assistant through guest speakers, community service opportunities, development of leadership and interpersonal skills and preparation for the application process to all PA schools.
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.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
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.