Centers, Societies, and Student Clubs
- Center for Future Democracy
- American Democracy Project
- Honor Societies
- Political Science Club
- Pre-Law Society
Center for Future Democracy
Non-profit Research and Educational Center
Focus on World and American Democratic Institutions
Sponsor educational and research activities that promote a knowledge and understanding of popular participation in governing.
- Conferences, Seminars, and Colloquiums
- Publish Works Related to Democracy
- Sponsor Speakers
The Center for Future Democracy is a non-profit 501(3)(a) organization that attempts to create a public interest in the study of democratic institutions of government. It is non-partisan and does not advocate legislation. It sponsors research and other activities on topics that impact the public's well-being. Its membership includes, academics, government officials, students, and other interested individuals.
East Coast Office:
Dr. Sal Peralta
Department of Political Science
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, Georgia 30118
West Coast Office:
Center for Future Democracy
16015 Mullein Circle
Fountain Valley, CA 927 08
American Democracy Project
The American Democracy Project is a national consortium of schools like the University of West Georgia that seek to build skills amongst students that make them citizen-leaders.
At the University of West Georgia, ADP promotes civic engagements for the students, faculty and staff of the university community. It has three main goals:
- to encourage community/campus involvement;
- to facilitate student participation and interest in government;
- and to create greater awareness of issues impacting the local community, the state of Georgia, and the entire nation.
The UWG American Democracy Project is under the supervision of the UWG Center for Civic Impact and Leadership and utilizes the resources of the UWG Department of Civic Engagement and Public Service.
The American Democracy Project engages in such activities as: voter registration drives; a campus distinguished speaker program; student voluntary participation in campus/community programs; student trips to the state capitol, and many other worthwhile activities. Each activity serves the common purpose of promoting greater student participation in the American democratic system.
The American Democracy Project (ADP) encourages students to be involved in the American governing process by participating in campus/community activities. The ADP with the Murphy Center for Public Service collaborates with the UWG Georgia Political Heritage Program, the UWG Center for Public History, and the Ingram Library in sponsoring events.
Political Science has two national honor societies for its majors. Students eligible for membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Honor Society for Political Science, have demonstrated excellence in academic work, as well as a commitment to the college and community service. The national office provides scholarships and awards for outstanding papers submitted in national competitions. Pi Alpha Alpha, the national honor society for public affairs and administration, encourages outstanding scholarship and a commitment to public service. This society also provides scholarships and grants to students who have authored superior manuscripts. Membership is open to students in the Master of Public Administration Program who meet certain criteria.
Political Science Club
Chartered in 1998, the UWG Political Science Club has become an active campus organization. The club meets once every two weeks in order to discuss current political issues. In addition they also hold on-campus events with political candidates on both sides of the aisle. In the Fall of 2015, the club took several UWG students to the Georgia State Capitol to see their local legislators at work. Students were able to watch sessions of both the House and Senate. Students also had the opportunity to meet with legislators. In April of 2013, the Political Science Club went to a soup kitchen in Atlanta to help out those in need. Additionally, the club has sponsored several different types of events such as having Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Jay Bookman speak at the university and hosting a Congressional Candidate forum in 2010.
Location: Pafford 118
- Meetings are on every other Wednesday.
- All students are welcome to meetings no matter what their major is.
- There is a $20 membership fee for those who wish to join the club.
The University of West Georgia Pre-Law Society is a student led organization founded in 2008. The objective of the UWG Pre-law Society is to help familiarize prospective law school students with: the LSAT, the law school admissions process, life within law school, and the many aspects of a legal career. The Society is committed to advancing strong ethics and community involvement for success in law school and in the legal profession. The UWG Pre-law Society will encourage fellowship with students, university faculty, and local members within the legal profession. The Society is open to all students. The Society meets several times each semester, sponsors speaker and panel discussions, organizes fieldtrips to law schools, administers a biannual Mock LSAT. Dr. Thomas Hunter is the Faculty and Pre-Law Advisor.