Get involved with student clubs and organizations.

Explore Clubs and Organizations at BHSU.

Why should you get involved?

Enhance your college experience by getting involved in one of the many clubs and organizations on campus. Becoming involved allows individuals many opportunities to meet new friends, work with faculty and administrators, and develop skills that prepare students for a career after graduation.

Through involvement you will:

  • Learn about time management skills
  • Experience multicultural and diverse programs
  • Develop and hone your leadership skills
  • Motivate yourself and others
  • Acquire knowledge in problem solving and contract negotiations
  • Enhance your effective communication skills
  • Develop career networks
  • Gain a sense of self-worth through task accomplishments
  • Practice productive delegation
  • Have FUN!

How do you get involved?

All you need to do to get involved is review the many organizations and specify which groups interest you. Then fill out an interest form online or apply through the BHSU Campus Activities App. It's that easy!

If, for some reason, there is not a group that interests you, or you have an idea for a new group, you may create your own organization. For more details, the Student Organization Policy Manual is a complete handbook for student leaders explaining how to start up a new organization and become recognized as well as how to be an effective organization on campus.

Download the BHSU Campus Acivities App to also stay up to date with all events and activities happening on campus.   

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society - AISES at BHSU is a collegiate chapter of the national AISES organization. AISES is a national non-profit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. The ultimate goal of AISES is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians and Native Alaskans as they seek to become self-reliant members of society. This program also provides many students with valuable scholarships for college.
  • Art Club - The Art Club is a community of artist and people who are interested in art at BHSU. From collaborative and individual art activities or service projects for the community and for scholarship, we are here to have fun while promoting the visual arts at BHSU.
  • BHSU Buzz Marketing - To increase the awareness of marketing on campus by providing students with correct ways to network, complete a resume, and use marketing tactics to in turn receive the experience of being involved in a nationally recognized organization.
  • ENACTUS - "We are a community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. Enactus members create and implement community empowerment projects around the globe. The experience helps students develop the kind of talent and perspective that are essential to leadership in an ever-more complicated and challenging world.”
  • English Club - An educational and social organization, which promotes the study of literature, writing of prose and poetry, the Film Series, the Annual Short Story Writing Contest and publication of the Green Bowl Review.
  • Environmental Sustainability Student Organization - The purpose of the ESSO is to protect and conserve while creating awareness to generate involvement surrounding environmental issues on campus and within the community. Through this mission, our members will gain experience in leadership and volunteering through community engagement, education, and expansion of our social networks.
  • Exercise Science Club - The BHSU Exercise Science Club is an academic student organization that expands the knowledge of exercise science though practical activities, verbal communication, and out-of-class experiences. The BH Ex-Sci Club helps network students of exercise science with the professions related to the field. This student organization encourages members to expand their classroom knowledge with other members through group discussions, professional input and both on and off campus activities and projects revolving around topics related to class learning. Visit us at www.facebook.com/BHSUExerciseSci.
  • Health Science Student Organization - Dedicated to students interested in pursuing careers in medicine and healthcare. HSSO provides educational information, internship opportunities, social programs, community service projects, and guest speakers to benefit all students who would like to continue their education in the various medical fields.
  • Honors Program Student Organization - Enhances the image of the Black Hills State University Honors Program, provides a basis for social activities, and represents the university and its honors program positively to prospective students, their families and the general public.
  • Human Services Sociology Association - Provides students a place to discuss, volunteer, and change social problems that he world faces today. We work at impacting the BHSU campus, Spearfish community, the United States and the world by providing service, research, and discussions in order to make a more compassionate, just and functional society. 
  • Jacket Investment Club - The Jacket Investment Club is an organization to further the education of those who want to learn more about market fluctuations, trading strategies, and other financial industry tips and advice. We compete in trading competitions around the country and build diverse portfolios to replicate multiple situations in the market. 
  • Jacket Journal - Published seven times each semester by BHSU student staff from all majors on campus. The newspaper is the University's official publication and serves to inform, educate and entertain BHSU students, faculty and staff.
  • KBHU-FM 89.1 & 90.7 The Buzz - Black Hills State University's student run organization, 89.1 & 90.7 FM The Buzz. Bringing the best and only alternative to Spearfish, SD and the surrounding areas. Students from any background or major are welcome to be part of the fast growing and popular culture of radio broadcasting.
  • KBHU-TV - Provides opportunities for students to experience television broadcasting by servicing the campus with informational and entertaining programs. The BHTV studio is located on the lower level of the E.Y. Berry Library.
  • Math Club - Develops competent, aggressive mathematical leaders. The members strive to create more interest and understanding in the intelligent choice of mathematical occupations and to strengthen the confidence of young men and women in themselves and their work.
  • Props and Liners - An advanced theatre group that promotes further understanding of the theatre through trips and other activities. Must be a sophomore to be a member.
  • Psychology Club - Promotes interest and education of the field of psychology. The psychology club is open to anyone with an interest in psychology. The club is a social and academic organization involved in fundraisers, volunteer work and social activities on campus and in the community. Psi Chi is a national honor society whose purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship in psychology and to advance the science of psychology.
  • Public Relations Club - A professional development group focused on career enhancement in the fields of Public Relations.
  • Reading Council - The International Reading Association is a professional organization concerned with the promotion of literacy, with specific emphasis on reading, language, and thinking. Its primary purposes are to promote quality reading and language arts instruction at all levels of reading and maturity consistent with each individual’s unique capacity. -Formed in 1988 on campus-
  • South Dakota National Education Association - SDEA will address the needs of today’s diverse student population in order to facilitate student achievement by preparing pre-professional educators with ideals of professional ethics and standards. SDEA strives to promote community partnerships, foster leadership through peer mentoring, promote membership among diverse populations, provide networking opportunities and maintain a presence at all NEA conferences.
  • Spanish Club - Spanish Club is an organization where BHSU students can improve their language skills through fun Spanish activities while also practice speaking and listening skills in an interactive learning environment. Spanish Club will also learn about the different cultures through dance, music and other activities while engaging in diverse learning environments. 
  • Theater Society - Encourages participation in the theatrical activities on campus and provides for the social and educational benefits of the members.
  • Travel and Tourism Club - The mission of the Travel and Tourism Club is to focus on exploring the tourism industry through trips around the Black Hills region and beyond. Other opportunities include job shadowing, guest speakers, and networking with professionals in tourism fields.
  • Women in STEM - Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics is driven to empower women at BHSU to pursue and succeed in STEM. We work to promote gender equality and bring awareness of social stigmas hindering women in STEM related fields. Our goals are to provide a support system, community, and mentorship of like-minded individuals at BHSU focused on encouraging women and also to participate in community outreach, providing exposure to youth in the area of women doing science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Beeline Drumline
    A percussion performance group currently open to all interested students. The Beeline is a group designed to serve BHSU to generate school pride and spirit at athletic and community events through the performance of percussion music.
  • Chamber Singers
    The University’s select singing group. Membership is by audition.
  • Chamber Orchestra
    A small group for string instruments.
  • Concert Band
    Presents on-campus concerts during the academic year and tours high schools in the area.
  • Concert Choir
    Open to all Black Hills State University students and faculty. The choir performs a concert each semester.
  • Jazz Ensemble
    A highly select group of musicians that performs in varying jazz styles. Membership is by audition.
  • Pep Band
    Performs at athletic events, and other university and community functions, as the official pep band of the university.
  • College Democrats - A club which discusses political issues with a democratic view.
  • College Republicans - Membership is involved with political issues at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Student Senate - The student governing body which develops leadership skills through representation of the students on a state, local and university level by addressing important issues.
  • BHSU Cheerleaders - To support and motivate Black Hills State University athletics, to obtain and share leadership qualities, and to support and challenge each other individually as well as the squad as a whole.
  • BHSU Soccer Club - Brings together students with a common interest for soccer and to organize the student community who play soccer here at BHSU.
  • Bicycling Club - The Bicycling Club will meet and go on bike rides through Spearfish during the year. Together students will work on cycling skills and gain knowledge in bike maintenance with a main go to promote bicycling on campus and a healthy lifestyle.
  • Black Hills CRUX - Support and promote the sport of rock climbing, ice climbing, and bouldering. Educate people who may be interested in getting involved with these activities.
  • Buzz Arcade - This club gathers students with a common interest to play video games and develop high end video game tournaments.
  • Intramural Rec Sports - Organizes various athletic competitions and events for all students to compete and get involved. For event schedules, visit the Rec. Sports Office in the Young Center.
  • Jackettes Dance Team - Provide entertainment at events such as football and basketball games and enhance the crowd's morale.
  • Yellow Jacket Rodeo Team - The purpose of the BHSU Rodeo team are to be successful in competition while improving the community and helping people in need.
  • BHSU Connection
    To engage all students in acts of love and service to the campus and surrounding community. To inspire students to be givers rather than takers.
  • Campus Ventures
    Offers opportunities to help students know and love God, and be equipped to disciple others so as to impact future generations for Jesus Christ.
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
    Students involved in athletic sports who are of Christian Faith gather to support each other in their beliefs and life goals.
  • Latter-Day Saints Student Organization - When young adult actively participate in the institute, they increase their commitment to the saviour as they have spiritual experiences focused in scriptures. Institute provides relevant answers to life’s questions while learning from and sharing with others who are in similar circumstances.
  • Lutheran Campus Ministries
    LCM is located in The Living Room, approximately 4 blocks from campus. Expanding minds, deepening faith and inspiring service is our mission as an organization to and for students, open to all, not just Lutherans.
  • The Newman Club
    St. Joesph's Catholic Newman Center provides a touch of home with a free home cooked meal every Sunday night. Come join us to share faith and fellowship with other Black Hills State University students.
  • Yellow Jackets for Christ
    Provides a positive environment for students to share and grow in their spiritual faith, present a solid foundation for morality, and to pass on counsel for life's challenges from scripture.

 

  • Alternative Spring Break - Provide community service, leadership development, diversity awareness, and experiential education opportunities to the Black Hills State University residents and students.
  • BHSU Students for Life - We want to be a voice on campus for the voiceless. As students we have a mission to be pro-life and save those precious lives! We will do this by sharing reliable facts and standing up for what we believe in
  • BHSU Talking Hands - BHSU Talking Hands wants to educate others about sign language (American Sign Language, Signing Exact English, along with other forms of sign language). As an organization we want to have and encourage community involvement. We are hoping to get involved in our surrounding areas and get the community interested in sign language as well BHSU Talking Hands will strive for student engagement.
  • Book Club - Group of individuals who meet and discuss various books
  • CAB - Campus Activities Board - This organization plans large events for the entire campus and the surrounding community. The student run organization plans and hosts a variety of entertainment including, lectures, musical events, cultural events, dances, and large scale themed activities. Consider joining CAB if you want to impact campus entertainment. Learn more about us at www.bhsu.edu/cab or www.facebook.com/bhsucab
  • Circle K - The purpose of this organization is to provide opportunities for Circle K members and BHSU students to better their campus and community through volunteering and community service, as well as, provide an opportunity for leadership positions within the organization
  • College Democrats - A club which discusses political issues with a democratic view.
  • College Republicans - Membership is involved with political issues at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Environmental Sustainability Student Organization - The purpose of the ESSO is to protect and conserve while creating awareness to generate involvement surrounding environmental issues on campus and within the community. Through the mission, our members will gain experience in leadership and volunteering through community engagement, education, and expansion of our social networks.
  • Fashion Design Club - Fashion Design Club is and organization that teaches basic sewing techniques along with how to draw designs and other fashion related projects. Students with also research different trending fashions and put on a small fashion show at the end of each year to showcase the work put into fashion design. 
  • Gay-Straight Alliance - Gay Straight Alliance is dedicated to raising awareness about the LGBT community at BHSU and the Black Hills area. In order to do so, this organization will address stereotyping that is harmful to society and decrease bigotry and misunderstanding. Campus Pride will provide a safe haven for LGBT individuals, their family, and friends by providing resources, a caring environment that allows for open discussion and support, and a place for like-minded individuals to meet. This organization will promote education on LGBT issues as well as informing and advocating for LGBT civil rights and equality.
  • International Student Organization - The International Students Organization (ISO) of Black Hills State University has been formed out of the need for more interaction among international students, domestic students and the Spearfish Community. 
  • Jacket Pack - Jacket Pack is a group focused on increasing school pride at Black Hills State University. This school spirit goes beyond athletics and will also be used to support the fine arts and various academic organizations such as debate and theatre. Furthermore, we reach out to the Spearfish community, the university and Alumni to make students proud to be from BHSU. 
  • Lakota Omniciye - Seeks to bridge the cultural gaps between non-Indian and Indian students and to provide educational assistance to its members where applicable.
  • Nights of Country Swing - NOCS is a club that provides a fun way for students to de-stress, take a study break, and meet new people with similar interests. We dance on Monday evenings from 7-9 in the young center. NOCS is open to everyone. We will teach you how to dance swing or line dance.
  • Presidential Student Ambassadors - Black Hills State University Ambassadors Association was founded under the direction of the BHSU Alumni Association and Advancement office for the purpose of representing the president’s office and BHSU while serving as a link between current students, administrators, faculty members, alumni, and friends.
  • Shutterbuzz - BHSU's photography club which encourages fun and creativity in all aspects of photography.
  • Sigma Tau Gamma - Fraternity Men’s Social Fraternity for Black Hills State University.
  • Student Senate - The student governing body which develops leadership skills through representation of the students on a state, local and university level by addressing important issues.
  • Swarm Days Homecoming Committee - Plans and implements all of the homecoming programs and activities. BHSU homecoming is held every fall semester in late September or early October.
  • Thompson Diversion Program - Provides BHSU students with the opportunity to correct a poor decision. Instead of a poor decision affecting their permanent adult record, which can result in negative consequences such as loss of job opportunities or ineligibility for financial aid, this program ensures the students take responsibility for their actions. Through cooperation with their peers, students correct their mistakes by giving back to BHSU and the Spearfish community and by completing activities that ensure education and accountability. This program allows for student volunteers to learn about public speaking, community service, and legal studies and make valuable connections
  • TriO Student Organization - TRIO Student Organization invites all BHSU students who are interested in college access and student success to join. The purpose of the club is to facilitate inclusiveness on campus through social interaction and participation in community service activities. The club also helps to promote the federally-funded TRIO Student Support Services program at BHSU. TRIO helps students be successful in reaching their higher education goals through personal and academic support. Meet new friends and help others by joining the TRIO Student Organization.
  • University Ambassadors - Promote the University in a positive manner, identify prospective students, connect with prospective and new students on a personal level, and maintain contact with new students to ensure their years at Black Hills State University are a wonderful experience.
  • Yellow Jackets Vets Club - The purpose of the Yellow Jackets Vets Club is to provide guidance, support, and camaraderie for veterans coming off active duty and those currently serving in the military.
  • YJ Friends - Yellow Jacket (YJ) Friends will provide BHSU majors a service learning opportunity to work with adults with developmental disabilities within the Spearfish community. Student volunteers will be paired with individuals from the Northern Hills Training Center (NHTC) to engage in a variety of activities throughout the year. 
  • Residence Hall Association
    The purpose of the organization is to represent the student residents of BHSU, to be involved both socially and educationally around campus, to serve as a promotion for the residence hall experience and to provide a source of recognition to individualistic achievement in the residence halls.
  • Residence Hall Councils
    The purpose of the residence hall organizations shall be to provide the residence with a living environment that is conducive to academic and social growth of the individual and to sponsor activities to involve the residents of the hall.

    Bordeaux Hall Council

    Heidepriem Hall Council

    Humbert Hall Council

    Thomas Hall Council

    Wenona Cook Hall Council