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Clubs – School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Alpha Phi Sigma

The purpose of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

Book Club

Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota is the international honor society that was created in 1985 for those working towards developing identities as professional counselors. It was created promote professionalism and honor among master’s and doctoral students in counseling and counselor education and supervision programs, counselor educators, and professional counselors who are committed to research and service through the counseling profession.

The St. Mary’s University chapter is called Alpha Pi. Joining our local chapter is a great opportunity to get to know your professional peers and to support the community. Most Alpha Pi chapter activities are open to all students in the Department of Counseling and Human Services, but to join Chi Sigma Iota, you must have completed at least one full time semester of a CACREP or CORE accredited program (at St. Mary’s University, the Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Counselor Education and Supervision programs qualify), maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or better, and receive a letter of invitation to membership indicating that you meet the high standards of Chi Sigma Iota. If you are interested in joining Chi Sigma Iota or participating in Chi Sigma Iota events, please contact Melanie Harper, Ph.D., Alpha Pi Chapter Faculty Advisor, at or 210-438-6400. More information about Chi Sigma Iota is available online at

The Alpha Pi chapter uses profits from its snack and cold drink vending machine in the department kitchen for conference scholarships, service projects, and Chi Sigma Iota activities, such as initiations and socials.


Ethics Bowl

The Texas Regional Ethics Bowl is an annual event hosted by St. Mary’s University at which teams from different universities compete in a debate-like style over ethically provocative cases.

National competition. The Texas Regional Ethics Bowl (TREB) is a qualifying event for the Intercollegiate Ethics Bowl (the national ethics bowl), sponsored by the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Selection for the national bowl. As usual, the top four teams of the TREB will receive a trophy. The regional bowl’s arrangement with IIT works this way: Our regional event will have a number of places determined by the total number of teams competing in regional bowls around the country. Ten regional bowls mean that we may get to send four teams or we may only get to send three. We won’t know for sure until after the completion of all the separate bowls. The top three (or four) schools from our event (not the top three teams) will receive an invitation to send one team each to the national event. Schools that have two or more winning teams only receive a single invitation. If a school with a winning team declines to accept the invitation, it passes down the list again. To make matters more complex, teams may receive “undistributed places” at the national event. That is, after the national organizers distribute the guaranteed places, they sometimes end up with a few left over. They then fill those places with runner-up teams from regional events. Therefore, even if a team does not win one of the top three places, it may still find itself invited to compete nationally.

Seven cases, written by a committee, will be available in September for use by all regional events.

For more information, contact Robert Boyd Skipper, Ph.D., Director of Ethics Bowl and the Center for Professional Ethics at 210-431-6857 or

History Club

International Relations Society

The International Relations Society of St. Mary’s University is a society of students, both graduate and undergraduate, that study or have an interest in international relations. The primary goal of the International Relations Society is to promote social networking among graduate and undergraduate students and alumni interested in international relations. The International Relations Society provides a forum to share information concerning career opportunities, events and academic programs, as well as to provide mentorship to students interested in entering the field of international relations. The Society will also continuously support and promote the values of St. Mary’s University.

Lambda Pi Eta

Latino Studies Organization

Marion Guard

MU Phi Epsilon Music

Omicron Delta Epsilon

Omicron Delta Epsilon is one of the world’s largest academic honor societies. The objectives of Omicron Delta Epsilon are recognition of scholastic attainment and the honoring of outstanding achievements in economics; the establishment of closer ties between students and faculty in economics within colleges and universities, and among colleges and universities; the publication of its official journal, The American Economist, and sponsoring of panels at professional meetings as well as the Irving Fisher and Frank W. Taussig competitions.


Currently, Omicron Delta Epsilon has 690 chapters located in the United States, Canada, Austrail

Opera Workshop

Pecan Grove Review

Phi Sigma Tau

Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

Phi Sigma Tau (PST) is the International Honor Society in Philosophy. The Texas Lambda chapter provides outlets and support for both student and faculty scholarship in philosophical issues through essay workshops, lectures, and paper presentations.

Pi Sigma Alpha (National Honor Society)

Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology

Psychology Club

SEAL (Student Educators for Academic Leadership)

Sigma Tau Delta

Society for Applied Ethics

StMU Theatre

Stage productions by St. Mary’s students go way back in our history, at least to 1895, as documented in our archives, including old Rattler newspapers, performances by groups called The Mission Players, The Cameo Players, The St. Mary’s Theatre Guild, St. Mary’s Drama Club and The Shoestring Players. For more information about StMU Theatre, contact Bernadette Hamilton-Brady, M.F.A., at To reserve tickets to the next StMU Theatre performance, click here.

Student Board Committee

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