Student Government Association (SGA) membership includes all enrolled students of Erskine College, who are entitled to the privileges and bound by the responsibilities of the SGA Constitution.
The Student Senate, elected by members of the student body, serves as the legislative branch of the SGA, and a Judicial Council serves as the judicial branch. Erskine College is proud of its Honor System administered through Judicial Council.
The Student Christian Association opens its membership to all students, and all are encouraged to be active in its endeavors. Each year, a Christian Emphasis Week is observed on the campus with an outstanding program of speakers, music, and films. The SCA also sponsors the annual freshman soiree and the Christmas program. At various times the SCA conducts appropriate convocation services and retreats. The SCA annually presents a scholarship enabling a foreign student to attend Erskine. This scholarship honors the late Dr. Janet Alexander, for many years an honored medical missionary to Pakistan.
Judicial Council is the student judiciary system of the College and Student Government Association. The Council is responsible for interpreting and maintaining the SGA constitution and the Honor Code. Council members are elected annually by their peers.
Alpha Psi Omega is an honorary fraternity. Membership in the Rho Psi Chapter at Erskine is based upon accumulation of points by acting in productions or by working backstage in the field of dramatics. Admission standards are set by the national organization.
American Chemical Society membership is open to majors in chemistry, pre-medicine, and science who are recommended by American Chemical Society members. A student affiliate branch of the American Chemical Society was established at Erskine in 1969.
Association of Multicultural Students purpose is to promote cultural diversity on the Erskine campus and to honor all cultures created by God. Activities sponsored by AMS are the Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta, a Candlelight Honoring Black History Month, and a Culinary Tour of Asia and the Pacific Islands. All students are welcomed to join AMS.
Ballroom Dance Club was organized in 2003 and provides students the opportunity to perfect such dances as tango, swing and waltz.
Beta Beta Beta, the National Biological Honor Society, offers outdoor activities, service projects, and associate membership to any student, regardless of major, who has an interest in the life sciences. Students excelling in biological or biochemical sciences can attain full membership, as well as the opportunity to conduct and present laboratory or field research projects at regional meetings.
Erskine’s Sigma Gamma Chapter, founded in 1967, has been active in research, meeting attendance, and regional leadership positions.
Bicycling Club was founded in 2004 to offer cyclists the chance to better enjoy the rural areas surrounding Due West.
Campus Safety Team members meet regularly to discuss safety concerns on the Erskine campus. Members also assist in providing security for all on-campus concerts and major events.
Chi Beta Sigma is a national professional association of business students and alumni. The organization is open to all business majors and minors.
College Republicans This group provides students with training in the theory and practice of political policy, to provide social events for students interested in politics, and provide opportunities for involvement in political action in cooperation with the Republican Party.
Convocation/Chapel is held each Tuesday and Thursday, bringing outstanding speakers to the Erskine campus and providing an opportunity for the entire academic community to come together. Special lecture series, such as the Staley Distinguished Christian Scholar and Younts Lecture Series annually bring renowned men and women to the campus for convocation programs. These speakers often meet following convocation for group discussions with interested students. Renowned speakers and musicians along with special worship services are part of the Chapel programs.
Council for Exceptional Children, sponsored by the education department, is a service organization dedicated to improving and researching special education techniques and methods.
Denominational Groups, sponsored by various denominations represented on the Erskine campus, include the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Student Union and Baptist Campus Ministries. Other denominational groups, such as Canterbury and Lutheran Campus Ministries, form as interest dictates.
Epsilon Sigma Tau, standing for “Erskine Student Teachers,” is a chapter of the Student National Educational Association. Membership is open to all classes, and meetings are held monthly.
Erskine Chamber Singers, Choraleers, and Sinfonia perform concerts, recitals, and musicals under the auspices of the Erskine Music Department. The Choraleers make an annual tour, visiting Europe in 2003, and they won third place in the National Collegiate Choral Competition in 1992. Sinfonia, a wind ensemble, performs at commencement and sports events and often accompanies choral groups. Musicians specializing in jazz may participate in “Pizzazz,” a smaller group within Sinfonia.
Erskine Entertainment Board is to provide students with a varied program of entertainment such as dances, concerts and other performances. The EEB supervises a student club, the Hangar, which often features professional entertainers, and is used for dances, plays, coffeehouse, and other student activities. Composed of students elected from each class, the EEB encourages the participation of all students and seeks suggestions, advice and help from all in order to function in its fullest capacity.
The Erskine Equestrian Club was formed in 1990. The club’s purpose is to train, practice for and compete in intercollegiate horse shows as well as to learn horse care and improve riding skills. A physical activities course in equestrian skills is also available.
The Erskine Gospel Choir is open to all Erskine students and provides the campus with gospel music at special programs throughout the year. The choir holds its annual concert each May.
Erskine Players consists of students with an interest in dramatics. Membership is open to all students who are interested in any phase of the theatre. Under capable direction, this group has produced such outstanding plays as “As You Like It,” “A Doll’s House,” “She Stoops To Conquer,” “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” and “An American Clock.”
Erskine Students for Life was chartered in 2000. This group seeks to uphold the sanctity of human life through education and practical assistance to crisis pregnancy centers.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes is open to players, coaches, trainers, and anyone interested in sports in order to promote Christ on the campus and in the community. Club members enjoy fellowship with one another and being involved in community service projects.
Fly Girls, Erskine’s dance team, holds tryouts in the fall . The Fly Girls dance at various events on campus including men’s and women’s home basketball games.
Habitat for Humanity established an Erskine College Chapter in 1988 through cooperation with the Anderson County, S.C., Habitat. The group provides volunteers and raises funds to help this international non-profit Christian housing ministry to assist people in improving their housing conditions and owning their own homes.
Krazy Math Enthusiasts is open to all students interested in mathematics, providing fellowship and exploration of mathematical fields.
Kappa Mu Epsilon is a national mathematics honor society. The South Carolina Delta chapter, installed at Erskine in 1991, recognizes outstanding students who are members of the Krazy Math Enthusiasts. To qualify for membership, a student must complete at least three semesters of college courses, rank in the top 35 percent of his or her class, complete at least three college courses in mathematics including at least one semester of calculus, and attain an average of B or better in all mathematics courses. Transfer students must, in addition to the above, complete at least one semester and at least one mathematics course with a B or better at Erskine.
Literary Societies for men and women are social and service organizations for Erskine students. The Euphemian, Philomathean, and Chi Lambda Sigma Societies are for men and the Athenian, Euphemian, Philomelean and Chi Lambda Sigma Societies are for women. The Intersociety Council governs all literary societies.
Omicron Delta Kappa is an outstanding national leadership honor society. It organized a circle at Erskine College in 1964. Men and women of the junior and senior classes who excel in scholarship, leadership, and service are selected for membership. The society also consists of faculty, administration and alumni who have exhibited exceptional leadership and service abilities.
Onward and Upward is Erskine’s outdoor recreation organization. This group sponsors such activities as rock climbing, hiking and camping.
Phi Alpha Theta is an international honor society in history. To qualify for membership, students must rank in the top one-third of their class, have a 3.1 grade-point ratio in history courses, and have completed at least 12 hours in history. Phi Alpha Theta honors meritorious scholarly works by its members with a number of prizes and awards. Members are also given the opportunity to present papers at regional meetings. The Psi Xi Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta was installed in 1978.
Rotoract is a student community service organization affiliated with Rotary Club.
Society of Physics Students is open to students interested in physics, and is a chapter of the National Society for Physics Students. Sigma Pi Sigma membership is a special recognition given to outstanding physics students who are members of the Society of Physics Students. Erskine’s chapter of this national physics honor society was established in 1990. It works within that society to advance scholarship in the field of physics.
Sigma Tau Delta is a national honor society in English recognizing excellence in scholarship and creative writing and outstanding achievements of local chapters with prizes and awards presented at its annual national convention. To qualify for membership, a student must be an English major or minor, rank in the top 35 percent of his or her class, have a minimum 3.0 GPR in English courses, and have completed at least six hours of English courses above the freshman level. The Xi Phi Chapter was installed at Erskine College in 1987.
South Carolina Student Legislature exists to promote student input into public policy-making in South Carolina and to educate students about the functions of democratic government.
Student Life Council, comprised of all SLAs, RDs, Deans, SGA President and Vice President, Judicial Vice Chair, Chaplain and Student Activities Director, meets every other week to work toward the betterment of campus life.
Table Tennis Club is one of the newest clubs on campus and provides students with organized tournaments and ping-pong lessons.
Theta Alpha Kappa is a national honor society recognizing success in the field of religious studies.