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History & Political Science Club

Founded in 2011, the Columbia College History and Political Science Club welcomes as members Day Campus students from all majors who have an interest in history or political science. We maintain an active Facebook page.


Model United Nations

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Model United Nations is a simulation of the real United Nations headquartered in New York City. Each participating college or university represents one or more countries that belong to the UN. Members of each delegation role-play the views and positions of their country as they work in committees to craft agreements on a range of contemporary global issues. Delegations engage in extensive negotiation with one another to come up with resolutions that a majority of the body can support.

Getting Involved

Getting involved is EASY. If you'd like to know more about Model UN or if you're interested in taking part, contact Dr. Brian Kessel.


Phi Alpha Theta

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Phi Alpha Theta (ΦΑΘ) is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society is a charter member of the Association of College Honor Societies and has more than 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

Columbia College's Alpha Kappa Mu chapter was established in 2002 in order to promote excellence in historical scholarship and appreciation for historical study among the campus community. Joining P.A.T. thus places you in the company of excellent students across the campus and the country. 

Membership qualifications:

  • 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all college courses
  • 3.1 of higher cumulative GPA in all college history courses
  • At least 12 hours of completed history courses
  • Must be in the top 35% of their class

There is a one-time dues payment of $40, which brings lifetime membership. In addition, members receive a year's subscription to The Historian, P.A.T.'s acclaimed academic journal, which provides a publishing outlet to new historical scholarship, including work by advanced undergraduates.

In addition to acting as a society for history scholars, our chapter of P.A.T. also sponsors the annual Phi Alpha Theta History Research Paper Award, which recognizes the two best research papers produced in a Day history elective during the preceding academic year. Papers are nominated and assessed by the Day history faculty.

Interested? Contact the chapter's faculty advisor, Dr. David Karr, for additional information.


Philosophy Club

A thoughtful, respectful and inclusive environment for discussing philosophical ideas and exploring diverse ways of framing and answering questions of fundamental importance to the human experience.


Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society, is the only honor society for college and university students of government in the United States.

Interested? Contact Dr. Brian Kessel for additional information.

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