Clubs and Organizations

Clubs and Organizations

Alpha of Montana Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta

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"Alpha of Montana" is our local chapter of the International Honors Society for Sociology, Alpha Kappa Delta. Alpha Kappa Delta's goals are to "acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition."

Students who meet the following criteria are automatically nominated for membership:

  • must be a declared Sociology Major

  • must be enrolled at UM as a junior or senior

  • must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or above (and a minimum of 3.0 in Sociology courses)

  • must have completed at least 4 regular courses in Sociology

Benefits for students include a lifetime membership, a free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry (the official journal of AKD), Undergraduate and Graduate student paper competitions and other opportunities to receive cash prizes and travel money, and a potential increase in pay grade for Civil Service employees. For more information about our local AKD chapter, visit the Alpha of Montana Facebook page , or to learn more about membership and benefits of being an AKD member, visit the national Alpha Kappa Delta website.

Professor Kathy Kuipers is the UM faculty advisor for AKD.  If you have questions, feel free to contact her at

Criminology Club

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The Sociology Department hosts the Criminology Club for students interested in the study of Criminology, and professional practice in the area of criminal justice or related fields. The club is active throughout the academic year, including officer elections and regular meetings, speakers, a trip to the state prison, and other social events.

In the interest of exposing students to the diverse areas of Criminology, Crim Club invites a variety of presenters each semester to provide students with an array of specialties and information. For more information about upcoming speakers and events, please visit the Criminology Club website or the CrimClub Facebook page.