Department of History & Government

Associations and Clubs

There are many viable, interesting, and enriching clubs/associations and conferences that students in the Department of History and Government can join.

Outdoor Club

Do you love the outdoors, or would like to meet new people and try some new activities? The BSU Outdoor Club will hold activities throughout the academic year with generous funding from the National Park Trust in addition to departmental and university support. All activities are FREE of cost for ALL current BSU students.

We started off with a beautiful hike to Sugarloaf Mountain in November 2022. In February 2023, we held an indoor rock climbing activity. We will also be holding a fishing activity on April 1, followed by a weekend camping trip in Shenandoah National Park (late April) and a hike in May. Each activity is usually advertised on the university calendar, social media (@bsu_outdoorclub on Instagram), and via email on various listservs 1-2 weeks before the event. Our club will also collaborate and volunteer with BSU’s Climate Commitment Coordinating Committee (C4) and Green Ambassadors to support environmental stewardship. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the club advisor, Dr. Sumanth Reddy at

Pre-Law Society

Engage with your peers with an interest in the law. The Pre-law Society is a student-led organization that organizes service activities, workshops and presentations related to emerging and historical legal issues. It also provides an additional space for peer support and camaraderie. For more information contact Dr. Carmen Walker at or 301-860-4431.

History and Government Club

This club is for all the students with concentrations in history and government, and any student from other departments, or with different concentrations, at Bowie State University. For more information contact Dr. Benjamin Arah, faculty advisor.

Pi Sigma Alpha

This organization was founded in 1920 as the National Political Science Honor Society. It is open to both graduate and upper-level undergraduate students in government or political science. The selected students are only those who have achieved the required level of academic excellence, and membership is possible through local chapters housed in or within departments. BSU's chapter is Phi Upsilon (established in 1998). For more information, go to

Interested students should contact Dr. Benjamin Arah, the faculty advisor, at 301-860-3615 for the membership criteria and an application form.

Phi Alpha Theta

This history honors society was established in March 1921 at the University of Arkansas by Professor Nels Cleven. Today, there are over 800 chapters in the country, open to undergraduate and graduate students as a fraternity of history learners. Interested students should contact their faculty advisors or go to the official website at Interested students should consult with Dr. Tamara L. Brown at 301-860-3600.

BSU Philosophy Club

If you are interested in the discipline of philosophy, contact Dr. Fred Mills at 301-860-3605 or Dr. Robert Birt at 301-860-3615. In addition, a leading organization for philosophy students and professionals is the American Philosophical Association, founded in 1900. The official website is and the telephone number is 302-831-1181.

There are many associations for students and historians. Two professional history organizations are The History Society, and the Conference on Faith and History. For further information, go to

American Political Science Association

Founded in 1903, this organization has over 15,000 members in more than 80 countries. Interested students should go to the APSA website,, or call 202-483-2512.

Association of Third World Studies

The largest professional organization of its kind with global membership and chapters in South Asia and Africa, founded in 1983, to provide an international structure for the humane and scientific study of Third World peoples, problems, and issues so as the improve their quality of lives.