Arts and Sciences Student Organizations
Below is a sampling of undergraduate student organizations of interest to Arts and Sciences students. Please see your major department for information on additional student organizations.
Arts and Sciences Student Council
The goal of the Arts and Sciences Student Council (ASCSC) is to help build community among students and faculty members in the Arts and Sciences. ASCSC offers a variety of academic, social, and service activities in support of their mission. The organization is open to all Columbus campus undergraduate students with a major in the Arts and Sciences.
Arts and Sciences Dean's Student Advisory Board
The Dean's Student Advisory Board is charged with advising the College of Arts and Sciences Executive Dean and Vice Provost on matters pertaining to students such as academics, communication, activities, student life, and college relations.
Departmental Student Organizations
Actuarial Science Club - For students who are interested in pursuing a career as an actuary.
Alexander Hamilton Society - Promotes debate and intellectual thought on national security, economics, and other pressing world issues.
Anthropology Club - Discuss current events in anthropology and explore academic opportunities.
ASL Club (American Sign Language Club) - Provides an opportunity to socialize in ASL and promote awareness of Deaf culture.
Arts and Sciences Student Council - Builds community among ASC students, faculty, and administration.
Astronomical Society - Promotes academic and professional growth among astronomy students.
Backstage Live - Annual production created and run by students that showcases actors and writers.
Biochemistry Club - Discuss science and biochemistry, take part in social events, and arrange study tables.
Black Advertising Strategic Communication Association (BASCA) - Contact School of Communication Advising Office.
Black Music Student Association - Contact School of Music.
Bulgarska Roza - Provides a social and cultural ground for Bulgarian students and anyone interested in Bulgarian culture.
Central Ohio Flute Association - Promote music within the arts community and provide volunteer services.
Central Ohio Student Advocates for the Arts (COSAA) - Empowers students to influence legislation affecting arts funding.
Chemistry Club - Learn about cutting edge research and career opportunities.
Chinese Culture Connection - For students interested in Chinese language and culture.
Chinese Psychology Student Association - Unites Chinese students who major or minor in psychology.
Classics Club - Develop and promote interest in Classical study among students.
Collegiate Council on World Affairs - Model United Nations at The Ohio State University. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science.
Comparative Studies Undergraduate Student Group - Contact Department of Comparative Studies.
Design Circle - A university-supported group that is open to all students in the Department of Design.
English Undergraduate Organization (EUGO) - Association for English majors.
Folklore Student Association - A social, intellectual, and professional community for folklore students.
femUNITY - for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, minors and others interested in promoting feminist initiatives on campus
French Club (Le Cercle Français) - Learn about France, Francophone countries, and the French language.
Geography Club - Learn about academic and applied aspects of geography,
Geology Club of The Ohio State University - Promotes professional and amateur interests in the geological sciences and related fields.
German Club - Welcomes students at all levels of German as well as those interested in German culture, food, and people.
High Energy Physics Journal Club - Forum to become familiar with techniques, theory and issues in high energy physics research.
History Club - An informal organization that brings students interested in history together for extracurricular activities.
History of Art Undergraduate Society (HAUS) - Scholastic and social forum for students studying or interested in the history of art.
Italian Club (the Ciao Club) - For students interested in the Italian culture and traditions.
Japanese Student Organization - For students who are interested in the Japanese language and culture.
Linguistics Club (UnderLings) - Celebrate our mutual appreciation for languages.
Medical Anthropology Club - For students interested in how cultural and historical conditions shape medical practices and policies.
Meteorology Club at The Ohio State University - Learn about fields in meteorology and work on projects including an annual Severe Weather Symposium.
Microbiology Club - Facebook page.
Minority Psychology Student Association (MPSA) - Increase retention and provide encouragement via networking, counseling, and career awareness.
Molecular Genetics Club - For students with an interest in genetics.
Music Council - (UMC) Facilitates communication between music students, administrators, faculty, and staff.
Music & Entertainment Industry Student Association - Facebook page.
National Art Education Association (NAEA) - Raise and maintain high quality of art education.
National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (OSU Chapter) - Educates students about the fields of audiology and speech-language pathology.
Off the Lake Productions - The only student-run musical theater organization at OSU blending musical theater and service through various events.
Philosophy Club - Provides students with a forum to engage with challenging philosophical subject matter.
Polish Club - Encourages students to learn about and experience Polish culture.
PRactice - Student run public relations firm designed to create a professional environment for students to learn skills pertaining to the industry.
Pre-Medicine Club - Helps to prepare students for acceptance into accredited post graduate study and to have a fulfilling career committed to healing.
Psychology Club - Provides a resource for students who are interested in exploring the field of psychology.
Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) - For students interested in public relations, event planning, media relations, communications, public affairs, advertising, marketing, or online communications.
Radical Pi Club - Meet other mathematically inclined students and attend lectures about topics not typically covered by undergraduate coursework.
Russian Club - Members connect and share interests in Russian language, culture, history, and literature.
Saga Club - Learn about Old Norse-Icelandic language, literature, and culture. Read, discuss, and translate Old Norse-Icelandic language texts.
Scandinavian Club - Expand the discussion of multiple disciplines concerning the Nordic region and promote appreciation of the Nordic cultures.
Scarlet Mask Society - Participate in the creation of quality theatrical productions and allied performing arts.
Slovenian Buckeye Society - Teaches Slovenian traditions and culture.
Society of Minority Scientists - Supports participation of underrepresented groups in the math and sciences.
Society of Physics Students - Explore facets of research and development. Take part in movie viewings, engineering contests, field trips, and socials.
Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) - Hear speakers and take part in networking and career development opportunities.
Society of Women in Physics - Promotes involvement of, career and academic development for, and sense of community among women in physics.
Student Academy of Audiology - Serves to advance the rights, interests, and welfare of students pursuing careers in audiology.
Undergraduate Economics Society - Discuss current economic issues, educate members about topics, and raise awareness about the field.
Undergraduate Music Council - Facilitates communication between students and organizations.
Women In Math and Science Club - Supports women in math and encourages middle-school aged children to pursue math/science.
Women's Glee Club - Comprised of both music majors and non-music majors they perform throughout the year and tour in the spring.
Ohio State has hundreds more student organizations — find one that interests you!
With over 1000 student organizations on campus, including a number focused on the STEM Fields, there is no end to the opportunities for academic discourse, personal growth and service. For a complete list of student organizations visit the Ohio Union.
Alpha Eta Mu Beta
Alpha Eta Mu Beta is the Biomedical Engineering Honorary, which aims to recognize students in Biomedical Engineering who excel academically. Alpha Eta Mu Beta will provide members with academic, professional, and social opportunities through the local chapter and association with national alumni.
Alpha Pi Mu
Alpha Pi Mu is The Ohio State University's chapter of a national Industrial Engineering Honor Society. Alpha Pi Mu works to increase professional development among members, promote networking, and encourage community and campus involvement through service and social events.
American Ceramic Society
The purpose of our organization is to promote the science of ceramic engineering through technical content, competition, community service, and social gathering.
American Foundry Society
The American Foundry Society here at Ohio State aim to provide and promote knowledge and experience in the metal casting industry and to cultivate relationships between industry leaders, faculty, and student members.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES' ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society. Activities include professional and career development seminars, cultural awareness activities, annual field trip to the Octagon Earthworks, social events, and attending regional and national conferences.
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics at The Ohio State University is to promote education and advancement in aerospace related fields. The chapter aids in the advancement of students through programs, events, and publications. The chapter encourages student research, promotes engineering diversity, and works to increase communication and collaboration between students, faculty, industry, and other student organizations.
Association of Women in Science (AWIS)
AWIS is the only national multidisciplinary organization for women in STEM fields across all employment sectors. At the Central Ohio Chapter (AWISCO), members are actively engaged in educational outreach, networking, career development programs and supporting the needs of scientists with young families.
The Chemistry Club
The Chemistry Club of The Ohio State University helps provide chemistry and science students with assistance in furthering not only their education but also their exposure to opportunities within their field. We believe that a broad range of experiences contributes to the diversity and quality of science and encourage students to be more aware of all the opportunities within chemistry and the scientific world. This organization provides support for undergraduates in the sciences by holding social events, inviting speakers, and doing outreach to encourage future generations to take interest in the sciences.
Evolution and Ecology Club
The purpose of Evolution and Ecology Club is to enhance the academic experience of Ohio State University students, faculty and staff with interests in evolution, ecology and related subjects. The club will provide students with opportunities for acquiring hands-on field experience; interacting with fellow undergraduates as well as graduate students and professionals; and gaining knowledge in a large breadth of subjects pertaining to evolution and ecology. The Evolution and Ecology Club also creates a social network, connecting students and faculty with similar interests and aspirations in evolution, ecology and related sciences.
Genetics and Genomics Interest Group
The Genetics and Genomics Interest Group explores the intersection between genetics and human health. Through lectures, patient panels and other activities, the Genetics and Genomics Interest Group helps students understand the connections between health and genetics, the burden of living with a genetic disease, and ethical issues related to genetics. The interest group also helps students explore possible careers in genomic medicine -- from clinical genetics to personalized oncology. The group was founded by medical students but all students with an interest in genomic medicine are encouraged to participate.
Information Systems Association
We are dedicated to providing MIS, CIS, and CSE students with opportunities to network with technology professionals, professors, and each other. Built upon this foundation, our goal is to facilitate a smooth transition between academia and the professional world.
Lambda Psi Honorary
Our organization’s mission is to promote and achieve the highest level of academic excellence. Activities include professional development workshops, dinner and discussion sessions with faculty, undergraduate research seminars, hosting of STEM Fest (a pre-college outreach event for all of the STEM Clubs in the Columbus City Schools), end of semester Finals Study Marathons, and social events.
Meteorology Club at The Ohio State University
The purpose of the Meteorology Club is to create enthusiasm for the various fields in meteorology through meetings and seminars held throughout the academic year, and to create community among students at The Ohio State University.
Minority Engineering Program (MEP)
The mission of MEP is to ensure that the talents of previously underrepresented ethnic minorities are included in the engineering profession so that an adequate supply of engineers is available to meet the manpower needs of our community, state and Nation; and to assure that all engineering students understand and appreciate diversity as prerequisites for optimum achievement in an increasingly diverse and global society. The program works to expand the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities in the College of Engineering and in the engineering profession.
Momentum - Students with Disabilities in STEM at OSU
Momentum assists in the education and support of students with disabilities in STEM fields while developing members into superb students, excellent leaders, and ideal candidates for internships, employment, and research opportunities. Through student mentoring, student workshops, and by creating an open and positive student community where students feel encouraged to self-identify and begin coping and eventually surpassing the previously thought limits of their disabilities, Momentum works to increase the number of students with disabilities successfully graduating from The Ohio State University with STEM majors.
National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE is dedicated to increasing the number of culturally responsible black engineers. Members are encouraged to excel academically, succeed professionally, and make a positive impact upon our community. Activities include study tables, professional development workshops, motivational speaker events, pre-college activities, community service and attending regional and national conferences.
Neuroscience Education for Urban and Rural Outreach
NEURO proposes to design and implement monthly outreach events within underserved schools in central Ohio. Using research design as a vehicle, we will communicate fundamental principles of neuroscience such as movement, sensation, memory and learning, neuronal function and the effects of drugs in the brain. It is our goal that by demystifying neuroscience at an age where students are beginning to form lifelong interests, we will contribute to a better educated public and kindle an interest in basic scientific research.
Out in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (oSTEM)
We are a group focused on providing social and professional support and opportunities to students in the STEM fields who identify as a gender, sex, or sexual minority (GSSM) and our allies. Meetings are typically every Wednesday at 5:30 in the Tanya R. Rutner room in the Ohio Union. Visit our Facebook Group for more information on meetings and other outside events. Feel free to e-mail Mack Dunavan for questions.
Psychology Club is a club whose purpose shall be to provide opportunities and encouragement for students interested in psychology. Also, our group seeks to enhance understanding and knowledge about aspects related to the field of psychology, promoting undergraduate research, and networking with other student professionals interested in psychology.
Sigma Pi Sigma (∑Π∑)
Sigma Pi Sigma exists to honor outstanding scholarship in physics; to encourage interest in physics among all students; to promote an attitude of service in its members toward their fellow students, colleagues, and the public; and to provide a fellowship of persons who have excelled in physics. Sigma Pi Sigma practices outreach in the local community, visiting the Ohio State Fair and local elementary schools and inviting students to experience physics first hand.
Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Ohio State Chapter
SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists—from college students to professionals—to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science. The Ohio State Chapter of SACNAS partners with other organizations on campus and the Ohio community to provide mentoring, outreach and research-focused workshops; to promote student and professional recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities in STEM fields; to provide a forum for students and professionals from different science disciplines to come together for professional development, academic, research experiences, community service and social activities at The Ohio State University and communities in central Ohio.
Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE)
SASE’s mission is to prepare students for success in the transnational, global business world, promote diversity and tolerance on campuses and in the workplace, and provide opportunities for its members to make contributions to their local communities.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE devoted to the promotion and advancement of Hispanic students in engineering, architecture, and other technical sciences. Activities include community outreach programs such as STEM Challenge and Noche de Ciencias, academic and professional development workshops, and social events. Members can also attend national and regional conferences where they can meet Hispanic professionals and make contacts for future co-op and internship opportunities.
The Society of Women in Physics (SWiP)
The goal of the SWiP is to promote involvement of, career and academic development for, and sense of community among the graduate and undergraduate women in the Ohio State University Department of Physics. SWiP is all inclusive group and welcomes anyone who supports diversity and excellence in STEM fields.
Students for the Advancement of Microbiology
The Students for the Advancement of Microbiology is a student organization whose primary purpose is to promote the advancement of its members, in and out of the classroom, by providing opportunities for personal and professional development. The executive committee will speak on behalf of its members, organize academic, career and social events and strive to improve the overall graduate experience within the Department of Microbiology. The student organization will serve as an opportunity for students to network and form collaborations, both personal and professional in nature.
Theme Park Engineering Group
The purpose of this organization is to enhance the technical knowledge gained by members in the classroom through applications in the theme park and entertainment industry. This shall take the form of team design projects as well as various educational opportunities.
Triangle Fraternity is a National Greek Fraternity for men in the fields of engineering, mathematics, and architecture. The Ohio State Chapter of Triangle excels in academics, service, and philanthropy, but also creates friendships between its brothers that last a life time.
Upsilon Pi Epsilon
Upsilon Pi Epsilon is an honor society founded in 1967 to recognize scholarship and professionalism in the Computing Sciences. Since then, over 120 institutions of higher education around the world have established UPE chapters. It is the only international honor society in the Computing Sciences. UPE has been officially recognized by both the ACM and by the IEEE Computer Society. Activities include tutoring, hosting social events, hosting speakers, and recognizing outstanding talent.
Underwater Robotics Team
The Underwater Robotics Team provides an opportunity for students to apply engineering skills and techniques in the design and manufacturing of an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV). The team's annual goal is to culminate the year's work by competing in a national or international ROV competition. The Underwater Robotics Team aims to educate both students and the community interested in engineering, robotics, and remotely operated vehicles.
Women in Engineering (WiE)
WiE works to increase the participation of women within the engineering profession. The program concentrates on recruiting, retaining, and advising women, as well as establishing close relationships with industry. We are a student-support program located in the college of engineering and have a variety of programs geared toward student success including, outreach, recruitment, retention and professional development. All female engineering students are already part of the program.
Women in Math and Science (WiMS)
The goal of WiMS is to provide support and encouragement to OSU women that have decided to pursue a career in math and/or science. This includes lunch-ins with professors, well known speakers and the new WIMS mentor program. Members also do outreach to area Girl Scouts to encourage them to consider studying a math/science subject when they reach college.
Zoology Club at The Ohio State University
The purpose of Zoology Club is to enhance the academic experience of Ohio State University students, faculty, and staff with interests in Zoology and other disciplines in the biological sciences. The Club will provide students with a forum to discuss career information and research opportunities/experiences, to provide hands-on volunteer opportunities, and to develop social and professional networks among the students, faculty, and staff at The Ohio State University.
Professional Associations and Social Fraternities
Arts and Sciences Honor Societies
Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)
Alpha Psi Omega (Theater)
Dobro Slovo (Slavic)
Helix Tri-Beta (Biological Sciences)
Iota Iota Iota (Triota) (Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies)
Kappa Kappa Psi (Band Fraternity)
Kappa Tau Alpha (Journalism and Mass Communication)
Nu Rho Psi (Neuroscience)
Phi Alpha Theta (History)
Phi Beta Kappa (Arts and Sciences)
Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Language)
Pi Kappa Lambda (Music)
Psi Chi (Psychology)
Sigma Gamma Epsilon (Earth Sciences)
Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics)
Sigma Tau Delta (English)
Tau Beta Sigma (Band Sorority)
Class honoraries recognize students for their scholarship, leadership, and service. The honoraries also provide an opportunity to make new friends while getting more involved on campus and in the Columbus community. Learn about the unique aspects of the groups and apply to the one that is most appropriate.
The Mirrors Sophomore Class Honorary is a sophomore honorary based on the high standards of scholarship, leadership, and service. We express a belief in individual responsibility, group leadership, and university service that leads us to work for the betterment of ourselves and our Ohio State Community. The Mirrors Sophomore Class Honorary hosts a benefit dance annually to help benefit the James Cancer Hospital along with many other service opportunities throughout the year.
Romophos is a sophomore class honorary whose objective is the betterment of its members, and of the entire campus community.
Bucket and Dipper
Bucket & Dipper is a junior class honorary rich with Ohio State tradition. The second oldest honorary on campus (and in our opinion, the coolest and most fun as well), B&D recognizes outstanding members of the junior class based on the three pillars of the honorary system: scholarship, leadership, and service. Originally an all male honorary, B&D is currently a group of thirty outstanding male and female undergraduates. The organization has a long history of giving back to Ohio State and developing some of the best student leaders on campus.
In the spring of 1918, two Ohio State University students, Harriet Day (Mrs. Harriet Bricker) and Helen Dustman (Mrs. Helen Evans), began developing the idea of an organization for women with resounding achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service. It was during one of the initial organizational meetings that the women heard the chimes of Orton Hall ringing in the distance, and the Chimes Junior Class Honorary was born.
Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and service, provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.
SPHINX is a senior honorary and the oldest honorary on campus. Dating back to 1907, there have been over 100 years of links. SPHINX is one of Ohio State's oldest and most prestigious traditions.