Some classes, some academic pursuits, inspire students to do more than just learn the class material. Academic departments sponsor these groups so students have opportunities to deeped their education outside the classroom through meetings, on-campus activities, off-campus events, and real-life applications of what they've learned.
A faculty member from the sponsoring department serves as advisor to the group, but leadership is assumed by the students. Members are usually only students in that department, but the groups are open to all interested in the subject.
For a comprehensive list of the University's academic organizations, please view the Undergraduate Catalog.
For more information on how to become an approved student academic organization, reference section III of the student handbook.