Student Organizations in the Social Sciences


Phi Alpha Theta

This is a professional society whose objective is to promote the study of history by encouraging research, good teaching, publishing, and the exchange of learning and thought among historians. It seeks to bring students, teachers, and writers of history together both intellectually and socially, and encourages and assists research and publication by members.

Faculty adviser, Gregory Schneider

ESU Philosophy Club

The ESU Philosophy Club is currently best known for its regular community event, the Socrates Café, a public forum for discussing ideas which usually meets twice a month during the regular school year.

Official Club Web Page

Faculty Advisor, C. E. Emmer

Pi Gamma Mu

Pi Gamma Mu is the oldest and largest of the honorary societies associated with the Social Sciences—defined as History, Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, International Relations, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Social Psychology, Social Philosophy, History of Education, and Cultural Geography.  The ESU chapter of Pi Gamma Mu was chartered in 1946.  Since then, over 1000 students have been initiated.

To enter the society, a student must:

  • be in the upper 35% of her or his class
  • have at least 20 semester hours in the Social Sciences, and
  • have a grade point average in those Social Sciences classes of at least 3.0

For information, please contact the Pi Gamma Mu advisor, Professor Michael Smith

Pre-Law Club 

The Pre-Law club is a group of students who are interested in pursuing a career in law and intend to apply to law school when they complete their degrees. Students learn about studying for the LSAT, applying to law schools, and other practical aspects of becoming a lawyer. The group is open to students from all majors.

Advisor, Professor Phil Kelly

Public Affairs

The purpose of Public Affairs Club is to provide extra opportunities for those wishing to continue their education in a public affairs oriented degree. The primary focus of this club is to assist those who wish to receive a higher degree in the Public Administration field. Members will visit universities who have a Master of Public Administration (MPA) program and receive information about them. We also have local and state government employees speak to the organization about working for the public sector.

Advisor, Professor John Barnett

Society for Public Historians

The purpose of the Society of Public Historians is to promote the study and practice of public history. This includes local and community history, corporate history, archives, museums, private sector consulting, litigation support and living history. Benefits of S.P.H. membership include opportunities to participate in local outreach in both the ESU community and beyond, and to promote ESU through involvement in presentations and educational activities that deal with history.

Advisor, Professor Joyce Thierer


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Teachers of Tomorrow

Teachers of Tomorrow provides an opportunity for aspiring teachers to become more familiar with the teaching field. Members will hear from experienced speakers, be involved in activities with children throughout the community, learn about educational happenings in national and global education, and receive information that will help them in their future teaching career.

Advisor, Lendi Bland (Teachers College)