Student academic clubs and professional organizations offer you a forum to meet students with similar interests, to ask questions of faculty or staff in your field of study, and to discuss related topics. All UMUC students are eligible to join. You will find several benefits to joining an academic club, which include the following:

Student Support

  • Interact with peers who have similar interests
  • Work with friendly faculty and staff to get acclimated to the university and to your program of study
  • Learn more about your chosen major and about UMUC's student resources

Leadership Opportunities

  • Serve as a student leader or officer
  • Volunteer to participate on committees or coordinate activities
  • Attend and present at professional and scholarly conferences

Professional Development

  • Expand your experience and expertise in a specific discipline area
  • Learn from professionals in the field
  • Network with students, faculty, and alumni

Browse through the student club descriptions below to find the club or clubs that will move you closer to your interests and goals. Many of our online academic clubs are on Google+. To join an academic club, you can click on the link provided in the club description or you can search for the club in Google+ by typing in the club's name. Read the Google+ beginner's guide to learn everything from how to set up a profile to how to use circles. You can use your UMUC student e-mail address to create a Google+ account if you do not already have one. When you are logged into your e-mail, click on the Apps tab and select the app for You+ to set up your account. Learn about how Google+ communities can keep you connected to your network. Finally, set up your Google+ community notifications to get started. Please e-mail Student Engagement with any questions.

Academic Clubs

Accounting and Finance Forum

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Accounting and Finance Forum provides information about the accounting and finance majors as well as topics of interest from course selection to career paths. It assists students with the exploration of resources on accounting and finance careers and the accounting and finance fields, including job postings and information about career opportunities.

Business and Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

This club allows students to network and discuss their shared interests with one another and their faculty members, enabling them to learn more about the field.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is open to students, alumni, and faculty.

Communication Studies Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

This club includes discussions about current events relating to communication studies, journalism, technical/business writing, speech, and public relations. It also hosts professionals in the field as guest speakers who bring insight to the variety of jobs within the field and discuss their paths to success. Students also get opportunities to share their UMUC and career experiences with classmates.

Computing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Computing Club allows its student members to share experiences and offer each other guidance on academic major and career options. Club events provide opportunities for professional socialization and networking, and members are privy to club resources that will help them further their education and careers.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is open to all students pursing a major or minor in one of UMUC's computer science or information technology programs.

Criminal Justice and Investigative Forensics Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

About the Club: This club encourages discussions on current events and topics within the criminal justice and investigative forensics fields. The group posts career information, including job openings. In addition, this club provides students with the opportunity to talk with faculty in the program and enables students to share resources and network with one another.

Cyber Padawans

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Cyber Padawans represent UMUC at various cybersecurity events and highly competitive tournaments nationwide. Being a member of the team allows students to develop their cybersecurity skills and to network with other students with similar interests.

General Eligibility Requirements:

The team is open to UMUC students and alumni through a tryout process.

Environmental Management Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Environmental Management Club offers its members opportunities to communicate with professionals in environmental management during monthly seminars. The club hosts discussions on how students can help preserve the environment, displays job openings and suggestions on how students can enter the field, and provides feedback to student questions about the environmental management major. The club organizes several activities, including a newsletter committee and the P3 grant competition.

Health Informatics and Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Health Informatics and Information Management Leaders of Tomorrow Club is a student- and alumni-led organization where members will receive professional guidance and support from the university and program faculty. Members will receive benefits including mentorship, networking, professional development, career coaching, research, volunteer and service opportunities, as well as other opportunities to enhance the knowledge and career advancement of its members.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is open to all students and alumni of the Master of Science in Health Informatics Administration program as well as other students who are interested in the program.

History Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The History Club hosts discussions on graduate school and careers within the history field, and it provides extra information for its members who are interested in pursuing a future in history. The club offers students the opportunity to discuss and provide feedback to the history program. The club shares information on related professional organizations, journals, and regional conferences. Members can also participate in Photo Central, where students can share pictures.

Humanities and English Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Humanities and English Club provides students with the opportunity to speak to faculty members about classes, graduate schools, and professional opportunities. The club regularly hosts symposiums and guest speakers for English majors and offers discussions in which students can discuss their favorite authors. A staple of this student organization is a writing workshop in which students critique one another's creative writing.

Marketing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

This club provides opportunities for students to learn more about the field of marketing, discuss their shared interests, and network with classmates and faculty members.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is open to students, alumni and faculty.

Nursing Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate
About the Club:

The Nursing Club is a student- and alumni-led group where members can collaborate and share information on resources, scholarships, and career opportunities. Students and alumni are encouraged to network with one another and discuss topics that are of interest to the nursing community.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is only open to students and alumni of the nursing for registered nurses bachelor's degree program.

Psychology Association for Students

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

UMUC's Psychology Association for Students hosts guest speakers who discuss various psychology topics, careers in the field, and UMUC resources for students. The club provides a unique "classifieds" listing, where students can find ways to become involved, including working with professors on research. The club hosts conferences, where students can post questions to faculty and staff. Finally, members partake in discussions on graduate schools and careers in psychology.

Public Safety Administration Forum

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Public Safety Administration Forum promotes the sharing of information about UMUC courses and activities related to emergency management and homeland security. It also offers a repository for career information, including job opportunities. Members have access to a current listing of conference and seminar opportunities. Finally, the forum provides its members with information on the International Association of Emergency Managers USA Student Region, UMUC Chapter.

Social Science and Gerontology Club

Type: Academic club
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

This club provides its members information and resources on careers and graduate school in social science-related fields. Group activities include discussions on how members can help the community. Periodically, the club hosts guest speakers with backgrounds in a variety of social science disciplines.

Student Organizations

Financial Planning Association Student Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Student Chapter of the Financial Planning Association

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The Student Chapter of the Financial Planning Association provides students with information about financial planning, networking and interaction with financial planners and financial planning firms, opportunities to apply for scholarships, and competitive financial planning tournaments nationwide. Membership in the chapter allows students the opportunity to develop their financial planning skills and to network with other students with similar interests.

General Eligibility Requirements:

FPA applicants must be registered students at UMUC. There is a $35 membership fee.

International Association of Emergency Managers, UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

International Association of Emergency Managers

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

This chapter provides various opportunities to students interested in the emergency management and homeland security fields, including professional development through workshops, job postings, professional networks, certifications, and more.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This chapter is open to students majoring in homeland security or emergency management and who either attend UMUC full-time or who attend UMUC part-time and are not currently working full-time in homeland security or a related field. Students are invited to join the UMUC Public Safety Administration Forum.

National Society of Leadership and Success

Type: Student organization
Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The National Society of Leadership and Success is a national society that focuses on leadership development and volunteerism. The society is founded on the core beliefs that one can achieve one's dreams with the proper support and dedicated action and that we accomplish more together than we would achieve alone. Prospective members undergo a rigorous training program that prepares them for leadership in the academic arena, as well as the workplace.

General Eligibility Requirements:

You can apply for admission to the National Society of Leadership and Success or be invited to join.

Society for Human Resource Management, UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Society for Human Resource Management

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

Joining the UMUC Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management allows you to network with other students, staff, and faculty who are currently working in or are interested in entering the human resource field. Members share information, experiences, and knowledge. The chapter hosts monthly events designed to help students meet local professionals and transition into or advance within the field. In addition, the chapter provides leadership and student development opportunities for members.

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business (IMA), UMUC Chapter

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

The Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The UMUC IMA Student Chapter serves as the Association of Accountants and Financial Professionals in Business.

This chapter allows its members to learn more about networking opportunities, information on the certified management accountant program, and other resources. The UMUC Chapter is sponsored by the Nation's Capital Chapter No. 0044.

The IMA Accounting Honor Society recognizes and honors academic achievement in the study of accounting and provides an opportunity for students to differentiate themselves as they begin their career journey. IAHS membership is available to all students who meet the eligibility criteria—membership in the IMA Student Chapter is not required. Membership will be considered for UMUC business students who apply.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This chapter is open to all students in any major. To learn more and request membership, e-mail your local IMA chapter with your name, major, and location.

UMUC Power Speakers

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Toastmasters International

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The UMUC Power Speakers serves as the university's chapter of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development. The club provides an encouraging environment for those who want to improve their public speaking skills and gain the confidence to become more effective communicators.

Meetings take place the first Tuesday of the month at 6:15 p.m. in the auditorium at the Academic Center at Largo. Everyone is encouraged to visit at least once to experience the positive, supportive learning experience UMUC Power Speakers provides.

General Eligibility Requirements:

UMUC Power Speakers is open to all UMUC students, staff, and alumni.

VeteransSuccess Club

Type: Student organization
Professional Affiliation:

Student Veterans of America

Available To: Undergraduate and Graduate
About the Club:

The VeteransSuccess Club offers its members information and support on benefits, academics, and policies. Within the club, students can network with faculty, staff, and peers and share their stories. The VeteransSuccess Club offers online and in-person fellowship for active-duty servicemembers and veterans serving in the United States and abroad. Members work to ensure that students who are military-affiliated and veterans have a voice on campus. The club provides peer support and mentorship to aid students in academic success, career advancement, networking, and transition support.

General Eligibility Requirements:

This club is open to military and veteran students and their spouses.

Email: vrc@umuc.edu