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"BALANCE academics and a social life. You'll need both to enjoy college and to succeed in it."
-Kevin Hageman

"If you don't live on campus (like me), make sure to get involved in either campus activities or a club. It will make it easier for you to feel connected to the university."
-Megan Ashley


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CAS Student Organizations

Ad Club: The USF Advertising Club is a place where advertising students can grow and challenge themselves. It is designed to build lasting professional relationships among USF's advertising community. It's a platform where students can interact with professors, fellow students and industry professionals for mentorship and guidance. Members are connected with the Tampa Bay advertising community through guest speakers, AD2 Tampa Bay and other industry events. Working cooperatively with local businesses, it provides members first-hand advertising experience while aiding the needs of the community. Members will benefit from the club's inside information on available internship and job opportunities.
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African Students Association: ASA was founded in 1997 to help promote awareness of Africa and its diaspora to USF and the Tampa Bay community, but to also help African student to adapt to their home away from home.
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Anthropology Club: The Anthropology Club provides a forum for the exchange of anthropological ideas between faculty and students and to foster a creative atmosphere for interaction among students. The Anthropology Club is open to all who are interested in anthropology. There are no dues or fees.
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Biology Club: The purpose of the Biology Club is to provide information and resources to undergraduate students with an interest in the field of biology with opportunities to further explore and pursue their curiosity and to encourage a positive interest and literacy of biology to the community.
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Black Student Union: Our mission is to incite political awareness and activism, increase cultural awareness and promote positive social interaction for Black students and all students at the University of South Florida. Our purpose is to promote racial/ethnic interaction between the different ethnic groups at the University. Through promoting relations between Black students and other students by providing cultural and social forums and activities, we hope to improve the relations between the different ethnic groups by knocking down the wall of ignorance and building a bridge of understanding.
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Caribbean Cultural Exchange: CCE promotes cultural awareness and recognition of people of the Caribbean within the University of South Florida and the local community.
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Chemistry Society at USF: The Chemistry Society was created to allow students to become better acquainted, and to ensure intellectual stimulation that arises from a professional organization. Our hope is to provide opportunities that will enhance the learning experience for undergraduates while also helping to improve the community, school and organization.
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Christian Philosophers Society: The Christian Philosophers Society differs from other student organizations in that we are devoted entirely to philosophy, while owning the Christian worldview. Our society exists to facilitate discussion in areas of ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, and other subjects which overlap Christian belief. It exists to serve the student body in creative ways, including hosting academic forums and debates with both staff and guest speakers. Finally, it exists to provide a welcoming environment for its members, where they can network, find support, and develop lasting friendships while exploring the rationale of core Christian beliefs. In accordance with our goal to have above average standards, we seek to recruit students majoring or minoring in philosophy, among others, to inspire a high level of philosophical inquiry.
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Communications Council: The purpose and goal of the USF Communication Council is to assist in the development of professional communication skills, by providing guidance for class choices to undergraduate communication students, showcasing the importance of communication skills to non-communication majors, and hosting extracurricular events that focus on networking. The communication council will be the lobbying voice of the undergraduate community in the Department of Communication. This organization prides itself on knowing that communication is the key to success.
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Creative Writer’s Club: This club provides USF students with a community of writers that share work and offer constructive criticism. The club will allow members to respond to challenges and share their work in a non-intimidating environment. Writers also will work on larger challenges to create collections, and network to respond to competitions outside of the organization.
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Economic Scholar Society: The purpose of the Economics Scholars Society is to serve as a network base for students to communicate about the significance of economics and its role in the modern world. Our goal is to prepare students for their careers by providing them with resources and information that will strengthen their desire for entrance into economic-related occupations and encourage them to discuss current topics which have economic relevance or impact.
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Feminist Student Alliance: The purpose of the Feminist Student Alliance is to promote feminism at USF, while providing USF students an avenue for feminist activism, consciousness-raising and community service. The purpose of the Feminist Student Alliance is not limited to the aforementioned.
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Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU): The Kappa Kappa Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU) is open to all students that meet the folowing criteria: completed at least three semesters of course work; an overall GPA of 3.30 or better; completed at least three geography classes with a 3.30 GPA or better in them; and no D or F grades in geography classes, unless removed by grade forgiveness. A major or minor in geography is not required. No letters of recommendation are required for applying to GTU.
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Geography Club: The Geography Club is open to all interested students, regardless of grade point average or major. Undergraduate students mainly run the club, and they have a wide range of activities, including beach and river clean-ups, canoe and bicycle tours, and camping trips.
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Geology Club: The purpose of this club is to further geological studies by engaging, exploring, and discovering the planet around us. Students will learn about and be a part of on and off campus geological activities. Opportunities for field experiences (in-state and abroad) and lectures (from alumni and other members of the geology community)will be offered.
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The Historians’ Guild: The purpose of this organization is to promote a better understanding of the past and its relevance to modern day society through lectures, tours and social events. The organization also will work to keep a close link between the students and faculty of the university.
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Humanities and Cultural Studies Organizations (HCSO): The goal of Humanities and Cultural Studies Organization is to provide undergrad students in these majors with services such as: networking, study groups, the opportunity to attend cultural events at discounted rates, and most importantly fellowship. HCSO also will allow students to network with faculty from USF, but also with select members of the community.
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Iota Iota Iota National Women's Studies Honor Society: The purpose of this organization shall be to encourage and support scholarship and excellence in Women's Studies at the University of South Florida.
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Karst Research Group: The Karst Research Group consists of an interdisciplinary set of faculty and students working on a range of karst studies. Specific areas of interest include carbonate platforms, numerical modeling, geomorphology, paleoclimate and GIS. Our research spans the globe, yet focuses on many issues that face residents on Karst landscapes in our community. Opportunities exist for undergraduate and graduate level Karst research in the following departments.
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Lambda Pi Eta Communications Honor Society: is the National Communication Honor Society. The Xi Mu chapter at the University of South Florida embraces the following mission: To recognize, foster, and reward outstanding scholastic achievement; to stimulate interest in the field of communication; to promote and encourage professional development among communication majors; and to establish and maintain close relationships and understanding between faculty and students. This organization is part of the Department of Communication.
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Latin American Student Association: The Latin American Student Association has been bridging cultures since its foundation in 1986. Our purpose is to provide a socially interactive and inclusive atmosphere for L.A.S.A. members and the broader Tampa Bay community. This environment enhances education, while also promoting awareness of the Latin American culture. We also educate and encourage our members to be culturally aware and knowledgeable about the diversity that exists within the Latin community. Our vision includes having a diverse body of members from all cultural backgrounds working together to close the cultural gaps that exist in society. Through this association, L.A.S.A. will offer support and motivation to every one of our members; providing a home away from home.
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Mathematics Association of America (MAA): This club promotes and encourages interest in mathematics throughout the student body and the community.
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Microbiology Club: Our focus is to stimulate the interest of learning and understanding in the field of microbiology, and spread public health awareness to the general public on current issues pertaining to microbiology. Additionally, we are dedicated to further advancing the knowledge of our members on current topics in the field of Microbiology, while also being dedicated to the local USF community, and providing public service to those in need.
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Omicron Delta Epsilon: Omicron Delta Epsilon is the international economics honorary society. Undergraduate candidates for election to membership in any chapter of Omicron Delta Epsilon must have an overall scholastic average of "B" and at least 12 credits in economics with an average of "B" or better. They do not necessarily have to be economics majors, but they must have a genuine interest in economics.
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Phi Alpha Theta (Rho Nu): P.A.T. is 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." They seek to "bring students, teachers and writers of history together for intellectual and social exchanges, which promote and assist historical research and publication by members in a variety of ways."
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Philosophy Organization: PHI ORG is an organization dedicated to philosophical discussion and peer enlightenment. Our mission is to encourage networking, communication and cognitive thought through various ideologies within the area of philosophy.
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Pi Alpha Alpha: The USF chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society of Public Affairs and Administration, is an honor society whose purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, to promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration and to foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of government and related public service activities. Membership is limited to those of academic excellence and achievement and/or distinguished public service who are or have been enrolled in or teach in public affairs or public administration programs, or who serve or have served in public service. As of 1998, membership in Pi Alpha Alpha is limited to those who demonstrate integrity and professionalism, and who possess a minimum GPA of 3.70 upon graduation.

The Poets: The purpose of The Poets is to allow the people of the USF community and throughout, the opportunity for poetic expression and to help people to explore themselves as well as others with the mellifluous language of poetry. It is also our duty to be in full support of the art form of poetry in all its measures and creations.
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Psi Chi: Psi Chi, the National Honor Society of Psychology, was created to stimulate, encourage, and maintain scholarship as well as advance the field of psychology.
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Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA): The Walter E. Griscti Chapter of Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) is a pre-professional student organization devoted to learning and exploring within the field of public relations.
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Religious Studies Club at USF: This club promotes and encourages the open discussion, comparison and understanding of world religions, myths, rituals and traditions, as they emerge from and influence changes within culture and society.
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Society of Physics Students (SPS) at USF: The purpose of this organization shall be the advancement and diffusion of knowledge of physics, the encouragement of interest in physics throughout the academic and local communities, and the introduction of students to the professional community.
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Society of Professional Journalists: Our chapter connects students with journalism professionals in the Bay area. We schedule lectures, socials and networking events. In the past we have had working journalists, professors of journalism and freelancers share their insights.
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Sociology Club at USF: Our purpose is to promote intellectual independence by fostering sociological understanding and uniting persons of common interest. We are different than existing organizations in that we seek to increase university and community awareness of sociological issues.
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Statistics Club at USF: The purpose of the Statistics Club at USF is to promote learning and career opportunities for students interested in the field of statistics and related areas. Specifically, the organization attempts to provide students with a forum to present and discuss related topics, to educate students of the requirements for professional designations in related areas, and to improve communication among the student body, the surrounding Tampa Bay area business and scientific communities.
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Student Environmental Association (SEA): While pursuing local, state, national and international environmental campaigns, SEA also informs members of volunteer, work and career options in the environmental sciences. However, membership is not limited to the ESP student.
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Student Organizations of Library & Information Science (SOLIS): We consist of three separate student chapters of professional organizations: the American Library Association (ALA), the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA).
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thread: thread is the undergraduate literary journal that aims to enrich the lives of the student population through literature and literary criticism.
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USF Math Club: This club meets biweekly to bring together students from diverse areas of mathematical interest with the purpose of sharing knowledge and helping each other pursue mathematical endeavors. The USF Math Club welcomes both graduate and undergraduates students of all majors. Anyone with an interest in mathematics is encouraged to attend meetings.
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Writers’ Workshop: The purpose of Writers’ Workshop is to provide a professional environment for talented writers to display their creative writing work to fellow writers for critique and support, to share experiences and opportunities within the publishing industry amongst members, and to assist each member in getting published. Ideal members are English majors willing to commit to a focused workshop setting once a week.
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