Temple University College of Liberal Arts students get a fantastic education, but there’s more to college than what happens in the classroom. Check out the student organizations by department and find out what our students are passionate about!
Undergraduate Anthropology Association
The Undergraduate Anthropology Association is a forum in which anthropology majors and minors can meet one another as well as interact with professors and graduate students. We include all areas of anthropological study: archaeology, anthropology of visual communication, biological anthropology, linguistic anthropology and sociocultural anthropology. We hold bimonthly meetings where professors discuss their areas of specialization. We also organize trips to museums and events, a graduate student panel, fundraisers, ethnic food nights, and other fun events. It’s a great organization to become involved in, especially if you plan on continuing your studies in anthropology at the graduate level. For further information, contact the association’s president, Emily Marron, firstname.lastname@example.org, or use the association’s email address, email@example.com.
Anthropology Graduate Student Association (AGSA)
The Anthropology Graduate Student Association meets monthly to discuss ongoing developments in the department; to plan events; and to share questions, concerns and current work. We also get together for social events, to attend talks and exhibits, to discuss our research and other work, and to organize visitors to the department. We are open to suggestions and ideas, so if you are a graduate student in the department, please stop by our next meeting! Meeting information is disseminated through the department’s graduate student listserv. The association was established “to assist its members in all endeavors related to their success in the graduate division of Temple University’s Anthropology Department; this includes educational, peer and faculty support.” For further information, contact the AGSA president, Julien Ehrenkonig, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visual Anthropology Society at Temple (VAST)
The Visual Anthropology Society at Temple is for undergraduate and graduate students interested in visual anthropology, ethnographic film and the ethnography of media. It meets regularly to watch films and organize events, including a semiannual academic conference and film screening called Futures of Visual Anthropology (FoVA). The annual FoVA conference was long ago a fixture of Temple’s Anthropology Department before being revived in 2012, and showcases the ethnographic film and research of Temple students and faculty, as well as the work of national and international scholars. VAST meets and is housed in the department's Media Anthropology Lab, which offers several digital editing workstations as well as cutting-edge filmmaking equipment that Temple students are able to borrow for their own projects. Visit our Facebook page to learn more about us! For more information contact Damien Stankiewicz.
TINGE Magazine, Temple University’s online literary journal, is usually published twice a year, in the spring (May) and in the fall (December). The journal is edited by the graduate students of Temple’s MFA program in creative writing and has an open submission policy.
Graduate English Association
The Graduate English Association is an organization for all graduate students in the English department, regardless of program (literature or creative writing) or funding status (fellowship, GA, TA or otherwise). The organization conducts regular monthly meetings, and its purpose is to make recommendations to the faculty on departmental issues (instructor training, program changes, etc.) and to enrich the graduate experience with developmental workshops and social events.
Please visit the Student Clubs and Organizations section of the university’s creative writing MFA page.
The Inside-out Prison Exchange Program
In Inside-out (CJ 2701), “outside” Temple students travel weekly to a nearby state or local prison, where they take a class taught by a Temple criminal justice faculty member along with a group of “inside” students. The program is an opportunity for everyone involved to explore issues of crime and justice behind the walls, in the hope of deepening and transforming the dialogue about these issues. More information can be found on the Inside-out website or by emailing email@example.com.
ProRanger Philadelphia is an academic and technical skills training and paid internship program that is cooperatively administered by the National Park Service and Temple University. The program was established to recruit, train and employ law enforcement park rangers for the National Park Service. Upon graduation from Temple University and successfully completing the ProRanger program, participants are placed in a permanent career tenure law enforcement park ranger position with the National Park Service. For more information on the program, requirements and application details visit the ProRanger Philadelphia page.
Criminal Justice Society
The Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is a student-run organization for undergraduate criminal justice majors and minors. One of the society’s main goals is to serve as a liaison between faculty and students during the academic calendar year. Currently, the CJS has an executive board consisting of a vice president, community outreach coordinator, secretary and social media liaison. The CJS holds events on campus that include conversations with some of the key social policymakers and social service providers here in Philadelphia. CJS brings real-world criminal justice experience and opportunities to criminal justice students.
Graduate English Association
The Graduate English Association is open to all graduate students in the English Department. The group makes recommendations to the faculty on departmental issues and enriches the graduate experience with developmental workshops and social events.
Journal of Modern Literature
The Journal of Modern Literature features scholarly research covering literature in the 20th century and beyond. Two English Department professors serve as editors for the journal, while several other faculty members hold roles on its advisory staff.
TINGE Magazine is an online literary journal that publishes twice annually. Edited by graduate students of the master's of fine arts in creative writing program, submissions to TINGE are open to all students.
Stay connected and get involved with one of our student organizations!
- Queer Student Union
- Queer People of Color
- Students for Trans Awareness and Rights
- Feminist Alliance
- Queer Film Collective
- Queer Nerd Association
- Association for Computing Machinery-Women
- Association for Women in Mathematics
- Women’s Entrepreneurial Organization
- Society of Women Engineers
- Women in Medicine
- American Medical Women’s Association
- owLGBTQ in Medicine
- LGBTQ and Allies in Dentistry
- National Council of Negro Women, Inc.-Temple Section
- It’s On Us
Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) Students are nominated for and annually granted membership in the National Honorary Society in Geography on the basis of GPA. Students can submit articles to the GTU journal and apply for national scholarships.
Geography and Urban Studies/Environmental Studies Student Association Not just for GUS/ES students, the GUS/ES Undergraduate Student Association focuses on topics in geography and urban and environmental studies: geographic information systems, urban agriculture, sustainability and social justice through guest speakers and group outings. For more information, or to be added to the listserv, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduate Professional Organizations for Environmental Studies
Association of American Geographers Our MA and PhD programs are affiliated with the Association of American Geographers (AAG), a nonprofit scientific and educational society aimed at advancing the understanding, study and importance of geography and related fields. The Annals of the Association of American Geographers and The Professional Geographer are the association’s flagship journals and the organization holds an annual meeting. In 2015, the organization awarded Temple University Press the AAG Publication Award, given in recognition of exceptional and outstanding contributions to the discipline by publishers.
Temple University German Society (TUGS)
TUGS meets on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. in 506 Anderson Hall. All are welcome to attend and participate!
German Delta Phi Alpha
Delta Phi Alpha National German Honor Society, Gamma Omicron chapter
Established in 1949, the National German Honor Society, Delta Phi Alpha, seeks to recognize excellence in the study of German and to provide an incentive for higher scholarship. The society aims to promote the study of the German language, literature and civilization and endeavors to emphasize those aspects of German life and culture which are of universal value and which contribute to man’s eternal search for peace and truth.
The Global Studies Society is the official student group for global studies majors and minors. It serves as a hub for our students (and friends) to connect through social events; share opportunities such as internships, volunteering and other résumé-builders; and as an outlet for global conversation and undergraduate work. Learn more and sign up for the mailing list through OwlConnect.
Mundi is a student-run, undergraduate research journal created by the Global Studies Society 2019–2020 executive board. This is the first global-themed journal at Temple University. Mundi serves to showcase student research at Temple that is related to one of the three global studies tracks: global cultures, global economy or global security. Learn more about the journal and explore past issues. You can contact the Mundi team to learn about joining the editorial board or submitting your work.
Temple Model United Nations works to help students address global issues through communication and teamwork in a professional environment. Model United Nations provides delegates an opportunity to work toward excellence through innovative thinking in conferences that emulate the real United Nations held year-round. Learn more about the organization through OwlConnect.
Temple University Undergraduate History and Social Sciences Association is a student organization that focuses on building relationships between students interested in history and the social sciences. They host a number of events throughout the year and publish a peer-reviewed undergraduate journal, Perceptions. Learn more about their organization.
Eta Sigma Phi
Eta Sigma Phi is the national honorary collegiate society for students of Latin and/or Greek. Members are elected by local chapters which have been chartered by the society. The purposes of the society, in the words of the constitution, are “to develop and promote interest in classical study among the students of colleges and universities; to promote closer fraternal relationship among students who are interested in classical study, including intercampus relationship; to engage generally in an effort to stimulate interest in classical study, and in the history, art and literature of ancient Greece and Rome.”
The Temple chapter, Zeta Beta, is very active, with recent trips to museums, productions and even expeditions to the previous 10 national meetings of Eta Sigma Phi. If you love classics and the ancient world, you will certainly enjoy Eta Sigma Phi.
Temple University History and Social Science Association (TUHSSA)
Temple University History and Social Science Association is the main undergraduate student group for history majors and minors. TUHSSA’s main objective is to serve undergraduate students interested in history, political science and economics. We sponsor a lecture series, historical movie nights, panels for students, day trips to historical sites and much more. TUHSSA also provides a tutoring service and publishes an annual Undergraduate History Journal. In addition, TUHSSA works closely with CENFAD, the Dissent in America Teach-ins and the History Honors Program.
- For more information, or if you’d like to join, please contact us at email@example.com. Connect with TUHSSA on Facebook and Twitter!
The James A. Barnes Club
The purpose of the James A. Barnes Club is to foster a sense of community among history graduate students. Graduate study is not only intellectually challenging (and rewarding) but emotionally draining as well. Coursework is intense, and graduate students in the History Department shuttle between Temple University’s Center City campus and Main Campus, often without seeing a sympathetic fellow graduate student. All too often, graduate school can be an isolating, intimidating place. The Barnes Club works to change that.
Our organization is a support group for the concerns and issues that graduate students face each day. The Barnes Club serves as a vital liaison between graduate history students and the History Department, informing students about department events and voicing our concerns to the faculty. The Barnes Club email list distributes important information on department events and activities, conference and career opportunities and Barnes Club social events to our members.
Nu Rho Psi Honor Society
The purpose of Nu Rho Psi is to
- encourage professional interest and excellence in scholarship, particularly in neuroscience;
- award recognition to students who have achieved such excellence in scholarship;
- advance the discipline of neuroscience;
- encourage intellectual and social interaction between students, faculty, and professionals in neuroscience and related fields;
- promote career development in neuroscience and related fields;
- increase public awareness of neuroscience and its benefits for the individual and society; and
- encourage service to the community.
What are the benefits of membership?
The first and foremost benefit of Nu Rho Psi membership is the honor and recognition of academic excellence. Almost all graduate schools and employers ask for a list of honors. Membership in Nu Rho Psi is a way of building these credentials. Members receive membership certificates and lapel pins as indications of the honor. Beyond this, Nu Rho Psi membership is a springboard for the networking of like-minded colleagues interested in the study of the brain. As the society transitions to a regional structure over the next few years, there will be regional and national meetings where neuroscientists from around the country will gather to share scientific findings. News and information will be available to members via the Nu Rho Psi online newsletter.
Questions about joining the Temple University chapter of Nu Rho Psi?
Undergraduate Neuroscience Society (UNS)
Students who join UNS can take advantage of the following opportunities.
- Discuss contemporary and classic neuroscience topics in a bimonthly journal club
- Learn about advancing in the field of neuroscience and the opportunities available to undergraduates
- Attend local events related to neuroscience and the community
- Travel to the international Society for Neuroscience annual conference
- Tutor or find tutors to explain neuroscience core concepts through our tutoring program
Interested in joining? Contact one of our board members or complete an application (available in Weiss Hall, Office 638).
Temple Undergraduate Philosophy Society
Temple Undergraduate Philosophy Society (TUPS) is a organization at Temple University committed to the free and open exchange of philosophical ideas and resources. TUPS meets once a week on Temple’s Main Campus.
Fresh Philosophy is the Greater Philadelphia Philosophy Consortium’s undergraduate online journal. It invites submissions from undergraduates and applications from prospective editors. Part traditional journal and part blog, Fresh Philosophy publishes philosophical writing by undergraduates from around the world.
The Political Science Society
The Political Science Society welcomes all students taking political science coursework at Temple University. As an inclusive student organization, it sponsors exciting weekly and monthly activities including career forums, lectures, student and faculty mixers, law and graduate forums, seminars on popular topics, and trips to locales like New York City and Washington, D.C. Interested students should consult the society’s website, Facebook page or inquire directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pi Sigma Alpha
Pi Sigma Alpha is the national political science honors society. It was founded in 1920 and now includes over 500 college and university chapters in the U.S. Temple houses the Delta Rho chapter, which hosts public events with support from the national office, collaborates with other chapters in Philadelphia, and supports scholarship and publication opportunities for members. The chapter recruits majors every semester based upon a minimum GPA (3.65) and credit requirement (75). Inquiries should be directed to the chapter advisor and undergraduate chair.
Psychology Majors Association
The Psychology Majors Association (PMA) strives to provide opportunities for students to enhance the understanding and appreciation of psychology through a variety of social and professional activities that students would not encounter in the classroom. PMA creates environments where students can participate in volunteer work and field trips, learn about post-graduation options, and further their career opportunities. We strongly encourage and assist students in networking and creating strong connections with faculty members in order to build their skills and develop the abilities needed to succeed in their respective fields. For more information, contact PMA by emailing email@example.com.
Psychology Majors of Color
Psychology Majors of Color (PMC) was established to support and retain undergraduate students of color who study psychology, neuroscience and related areas. PMC aims to holistically enhance students’ academic experiences by
- providing opportunities for members to learn about and participate within the field of psychology,
- educating members about the breadth of careers in psychology, and
- creating a space for students of color to connect and network.
Membership: Members are required to attend at least three meetings/events per semester (six for the overall year). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temple University Psi Chi
Psi Chi is the national honor society for psychology majors and minors. Its goal is to foster academic excellence and engage students in the exciting field of psychology. The Temple chapter of Psi Chi frequently holds relevant workshops and events so students can build their skills in the field, as well as their academic and professional networks. In 2016, Temple’s chapter of Psi Chi was awarded the Ruth Hubbard Cousins Chapter Award for honoring the society’s purpose by applying and promoting excellence in psychology. For more information on Temple University Psi Chi contact email@example.com.
Psychology Graduate Students for Inclusivity (PGSI) Undergraduate Arm
PGSI is a graduate student group aimed at promoting diversity and inclusivity in the Psychology Department. The PGSI Undergraduate Arm connects with Temple undergraduates through various channels (e.g., RAs in labs, Psychology Majors Association, Careers in Psychology course) to encourage and support students from diverse backgrounds in our department. This arm also supports recruitment and retention of students from diverse backgrounds to the Temple psychology graduate program, including organizing summer and school year programs for undergraduates who may be interested in graduate school. Undergraduate students seeking mentoring from PGSI graduate students should contact PGSI representatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sociology Undergraduate Majors and Minors Association (SUMMA)
SUMMA is the official undergraduate association for sociology majors and minors. Its purpose is to promote interdisciplinary applications of sociology both academically and professionally, to promote awareness of sociological issues, and to provide a means for student involvement and public events for the benefit of the Temple community. For more information, follow SUMMA on Facebook and Twitter!
Temple Sociology Graduate Student Association
The Temple Sociology Graduate Student Association is the official organization for master’s and doctoral students studying sociology at Temple University. They provide professional development workshops, social opportunities and graduate student advocacy.
Club de Español
The Spanish Club is a student organization, and its principal goal is to promote the practice of speaking Spanish. One way this is achieved is through conversation tables, allowing participants to practice conversation in a relaxed environment once a week. The Spanish Club meets weekly throughout the semester on Wednesdays from 5–6 p.m. in 406 Anderson Hall.
- Club coordinator: Norma Corrales Martin
Graduate Students of Language at Temple
Graduate Students of Language at Temple (GSOLT) connects students who study or have an interest in language and helps them form interdisciplinary networks for discussion and research. An annual spring conference showcases students’ research in language from a variety of viewpoints.
GSOLT also promotes interdisciplinary discussion of language and conducts workshops for improving student work. Meetings are held to plan the spring conference and to discuss guest speakers. Additionally, workshops facilitate discussion of project ideas and current endeavors.