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Clubs and Organizations

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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.

Student club meeting

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.

Follow your interests and explore the list below to learn more.

Fine and Performing Arts

Allegro

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.

Art Club

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.

Choral Company

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.

Collegiate National Association for Music Education

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.

Jazz Society

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.

Music Teachers National Association

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.

Photography Club

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.

Pyromaniacs Clay Club

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

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.

Students stage productions in Wadleigh Theatre, a "black box" performance space in Daggy Hall.
Students stage productions in Wadleigh Theatre, a “black box” performance space in Daggy Hall.

Symphony Orchestra

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.

Vocal Jazz Association

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.

Wazzu Films

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.

Honor Societies

Alpha Epsilon Delta Honor Society

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

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

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.

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

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

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

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.

Humanities

Actuarial Science Club

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.

Digital Media Club

This group serves DTC students’ professional interests and needs in the creative media field.

English Graduate Organization

The English Graduate Organization provides support and advocacy for English graduate students’ interests as students and teachers.

Ethics Bowl

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.

French Club

The French Club is here to promote French culture, through different activities, and to help French speaking students here at WSU to feel more welcome. We will also be providing a place for students interested in learning more about French culture to meet.

History Club

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 Literary and Arts Journal

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.

Philosophy Club

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.

Political Science Club

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.

Physical and Natural Sciences

Astronomy and Physics Club

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.

Pumpkins away! The Astronomy and Physics Club's annual Pumpkin Drop from the 12th floor of Webster Hall.
Pumpkins away! The Astronomy and Physics Club’s annual Pumpkin Drop from the 12th floor of Webster Hall.

Biology Club

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!

Chemistry Club

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.

Environmental Science Club

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.

Forestry Club

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.

Geology Club

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.

Graduate Chemistry Society (GCS)

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.

Math Club

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.

Math Modeling Team

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.

Minority Association of Pre-Health Students (MAPS)

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.

Optometric Physicians of Tomorrow

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.

Pre-Dental Club (Pre-Dent Club)

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.

Pre-Nursing Club: Rho Nu

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.

Pre-Health Club

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.

Pre-Pharmacy Club

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.

Pre-Physician Assistant Club

The Pre-Physician Assistant Club aims to familiarize students interested in becoming Physician Assistants with the admissions process for Physician Assistant schools as well as the duties associated with the profession. Students will become familiar with the life of a Physician Assistant through guest speakers and community service opportunities.We are an informative club with meetings based around giving information about the profession, the GRE, CASPA (online application process to all PA schools), writing personal statements, etc. Community involvement is an important value to us, we participate in various community service and fundraising events to aid local philanthropic efforts and help club members develop their leadership and interpersonal skills.

Pre-Physical/Occupational Therapy Club

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.

Pre-Vet Club

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.

Scientista

For women who love science, technology, engineering and math at WSU! Be sure to like us and the official scientista foundation page!

Wildlife Society

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.

Zoology Club

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.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Anthropology Club

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.

Anthropology Graduate Organization (AGO)

AGO promotes professional development in anthropology through participation in professional meetings, sponsoring guest speakers, and involvement in local community education.

Criminal Justice and Criminology Graduate Student Association

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.

Criminal Justice Club

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

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.

WSU's Mock Trial team prepares for competition.
WSU’s Mock Trial team prepares for competition.

Police Internship Program at WSU

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.

Pre-Law Society

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.

Psychology Club

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

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.