CLASS Clubs & Organizations
Meet new people and explore your interests out of the classroom by getting involved with a club or student organization. To update your club information or submit a new club, email email@example.com.
The Cornerstone Theatre Troupe is a student-run theatre organization. We sponsor and produce theatrical projects created by students, and work to connect students to the entirety of the theatrical process. Our goals include; helping new students become fully integrated into the theatre, connecting students, and helping student's creative voices be heard. We go by Cornerstone because that is what we are; an entity willing to connect the two sides of a process to create a strong, standing group.
The Criminology Club at the University of Idaho is a club for criminology students, or students interested in criminology, that wish to learn more about the field as well as be involved in activities that are related to criminology and related fields.
Advisor: Matthew Grindal
We will compete in various forms of debate across the state. All students are invited at any skill level. If you like arguing and competition then this is your club. We meet once a week on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm. Join our Facebook page (Debate club at University of Idaho) for more info.
This organization is designed to introduce students to the realm of Human Factors and Ergonomics. This organization can be helpful for majors in psychology, engineering, VTD and a few others. We complete tasks such as task analyses and design challenges.
The Independent Creative Writing Workshop provides an accessible, informal group setting for the constructive criticism of student-written fiction. Students may bring their own work to be reviewed, and will be expected to read and provide feedback on others' work as well.
Our workshop is open to all students, regardless of academic major or GPA. We believe it is important for University of Idaho students, both English majors and non-English majors, to have a venue independent from university courses where they may practice their talent and passion for creative writing.
Advisor: Daniel Orozco
Mock trial is a speech and debate, acting, and critical thinking competition in the format of a courtroom trial.
Advisor: Graham Hubbs
The MTNA Collegiate Chapter is designed for collegiate music students, especially piano students, who are interested in expanding their learning and teaching, as well as networking outside the classroom and studio. We focus on serving the community through public piano recitals both on the Palouse and in Spokane, researching and sharing ideas as teachers to improve our students' music experience, and serving the greater Moscow community in providing highly trained private music teachers. We also strive to attend music pedagogy conferences to further our education and work to become certified with the Music Teachers National Association.
The National Opera Association strives to educate those with an interest of opera. This club aims to expand knowledge of music to the University of Idaho and the greater community of Moscow and the Palouse.
Advisor: Christopher Pfund
We provide students with a forum for discussing philosophical topics. The club provides a venue for intelligent inquiry into a variety of topics and a civil, social environment for an exchange and critique of ideas. Furthermore, our goal is to illustrate how philosophy and the skills it entails are relevant in all areas of life and study by disseminating knowledge of philosophical issues. We also enjoy the occasional movie or game night.
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia is the world's oldest and largest secret national fraternal society in music. Sinfonia was born on October 6, 1898, at the New England Conservatory in Boston, when a group of thirteen young men under the guidance of Ossian Everett Mills "to consider the social life of the young men students of that institution [and] to devise ways and means by which it might be improved." Sinfonia became a national fraternity on October 6, 1900, with the admission of a group of men at the Broad Street Conservatory in Philadelphia. For over a century, Sinfonians in nearly every field of study and professional endeavor have transformed music in America. The opportunity of becoming a Sinfonian is offered to as many men as possible who, through a love for music, can assist in the fulfillment of the Fraternity's Object and ideals either by adopting music as a profession, or by working to advance the cause of music in America.
It shall be the purpose of this organization to promote the saxophone in the cultural and educational life of club members; adhere to the highest standards in professionalism and musicianship; provide members with an opportunity to share their music with the community; and provide members with opportunities to advance their professional development in saxophone performance and education.
Advisor: Patrick Jones
Sigma Alpha Iota is a national women’s music fraternity dedicated to philanthropic work and the promotion of women in the field of music. The Sigma Zeta chapter is housed in the Lionel Hampton School of Music at the University of Idaho and has been going strong for over 85 years.
Advisor: Cari Espenschade
SWIP-IN is an Inland Northwest branch of the Society for Women in Philosophy. SWIP is an international set of organizations that push to remedy the underrepresentation of women and non-binary philosophers in the field. By meeting and discussing feminist and intersectional issues philosophically, we try to make constructive and supportive space for those who have historically been excluded from or underrepresented in the field.
Students in Public Relations and Advertising discuss the changing nature of the Strategic Communications field today. Trips are arranged to visit PR and Advertising agencies, and speakers come to address topics of interest.
The primary function of this organization is to actively promote the advancement of the knowledge and skills of its members and to facilitate communication among performing arts practitioners, entertainment industry professionals, educators, and students. Students and faculty participate in the national USITT conference.
Advisor: Ginger Sorensen
Open to all majors. Students interested in television, movies, the Internet, production, commercials, documentaries, audio, video, Web design, animation and graphics are encouraged to join.
The purpose of this organization is to focus on the promotion of music on campus and the national awareness of trumpet performance and pedagogy in the Pacific Northwest. To do so, members of the group will perform and educate throughout the region and country and share their experiences with the campus community.
Advisor: Sean Butterfield
The CLASS Ambassador Program is a fun and rewarding opportunity for current students to serve as representatives of the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Ambassadors gain access to exclusive events, advocacy experience and the opportunity to network with current students, faculty, staff and alumni. The program also provides students with the opportunity to mentor potential Vandals through the decision-making and application process. Ambassadors receive training in university processes and enhance their communication and leadership skills through a one-credit course.
The LHSOM Ambassadors help the Lionel Hampton School of Music with any recruiting endeavors. This can includes speaking with prospective parents and students, giving guided tours, and helping at major events like UIdaho Bound.
Advisor: Spencer Martin
We are a professional society whose mission is to promote the study of history through the encouragement of research, good teaching, publication and the exchange of learning and ideas among historians. We seek to bring students and teachers together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by our members in a variety of ways.
Phi Sigma Tau is a Philosophy Honors Society with national recognition while this chapter is Idaho Alpha. Our mission is to provide an academic network for philosophy invested students to further scholastic excellence and provide further involvement. We primarily help prepare papers for publications, engage the community to show the wealth of philosophy, and help build good connections among peers.
Advisor: Graham Hubbs
Pi Sigma Alpha is the National Political Science Honorary Society. Our mission is to bring honors students together to support and encourage academic excellence; to organize activities on campus and in the wider community to raise awareness and understanding of how political issues impact humans and their environment on the local, state, and global levels. Membership in Pi Sigma Alpha is for a lifetime and allows you to join a network that includes former President Bill Clinton, former Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist, among many other distinguished individuals.
Faculty Advisor: Lisa J. Carlson
Psi Chi is an international honor society in psychology and the largest psychology student organization in the world. Some membership benefits include international recognition for academic excellence, access to psychology-related publications, and the opportunity to apply for more than $400,000 in annual awards and grants. Minimum requirements for membership. The University of Idaho chapter of Psi Chi meets at least once per month during the fall and spring semesters. Meetings are typically dedicated to academic enrichment in the field of psychology, preparation for graduate school and careers related to psychology, and social events. Official membership in the honor society is not required to attend the local chapter meetings, and all psychology majors and minors are welcome to attend. If you have questions about Psi Chi, please contact the faculty adviser, Assistant Professor Benjamin McDunn (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sigma Tau Delta is an international English Honor Society. The work of our Eta Chi (University of Idaho) chapter is to promote a love of literature across the University of Idaho and Moscow as a whole. To this end, we frequently volunteer with organizations such as Book People (a well-known independent bookstore in Moscow) and FirstBook, a national nonprofit organization which seeks to provide books for children in low-income families. Within the group, however, one of our most important activities is the self-publishing of our undergraduate literary journal, Vandalism. The editorial staff is comprised of Sigma Tau Delta members.
The Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s largest and most broad-based journalism organization. It encourages the free practice of journalism and stimulates high standards of ethical behavior. The U of I chapter works to uphold these standards. Members will meet potential employers, learn about jobs and internships, hear journalists speak about current issues, attend conferences and apply for awards. U of I's chapter was named the 2018 and 2019 regional Chapter-of-the-Year Award winner and was a national finalist both years.
Since it was established in 1990 at the University of Idaho, Fugue has biannually published poetry, fiction, essays, visual-text hybrids, and interviews from established and emerging writers. Managed and edited entirely by University of Idaho graduate students, Fugue’s staff also comprises graduate and undergraduate readers. We take pride in the work we print, writers we publish, and the presentation of each issue. Currently, we publish one print issue each year and one online issue, and hold an annual contest in both prose and poetry, judged by two nationally recognized writers.
"Inside the Vandals" is a weekly half-hour TV show covering all things Vandal Athletics — and more — and is produced by students in the School of Journalism and Mass Media.
The Kino Short Film Festival is held every spring in Moscow, Idaho, at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre. This event showcases short films from filmmakers in the Northwest and students in the Broadcasting and Digital Media Production and Film and Television degree programs at the University of Idaho.
Each year students in the Advanced Video Production classes plan, write, direct, and produce their own original short films. Kino Fest serves as the students' final class project and gives them a chance to share their work with a public audience.
Whether you are a music major, minor or non-major, you are invited to be involved in outstanding performing ensembles in the Lionel Hampton School of Music. Some ensembles require an audition, while many others do not.
To learn about other University of Idaho student organizations, visit the Department of Student Involvement.