Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Eta Theta Chapter

As a student at the College of Criminal Justice and Security at University of Phoenix, you have the opportunity to become a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society through the Eta Theta Chapter. Alpha Phi Sigma is a nationally recognized honor society for students and graduates of esteemed criminal justice and security programs across the nation. Membership helps students like you distinguish themselves among peers while also speaking to the academic quality that University of Phoenix offers.

Mission Statement

The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

Purposes of Alpha Phi Sigma

  • Promoting academic excellence through the recognition of scholarship
  • Assisting in the development of professional and personal leadership among students and practitioners
  • Providing opportunities for service to the community and the profession
  • Encouraging greater communication among member chapters and the entire criminal justice profession

Benefits of Joining

Becoming part of Alpha Phi Sigma awards you numerous benefits including all of the following:

Recognition of Achievement
Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma designates you as an outstanding student of criminal justice and security and provides national recognition for academic excellence. This honor can be noted on your employment applications, vitae and résumés.

Career Growth
Alpha Phi Sigma is a springboard for professional growth. Opportunities are made available for you to promote your research, receive national recognition, meet and interact with leaders in the criminal justice and security field, as well as network with other Alpha Phi Sigma members from other chapters.

Leadership Opportunities
Chapter membership facilitates leadership development, interaction with other students who have similar interests, and service to the university. The experience gained by working with Alpha Phi Sigma is valuable while you’re in college, as well as throughout your career.

Annual Scholarships and Awards
Alpha Phi Sigma provides opportunities for you to present research, papers and to apply for scholarships and other awards recognizing your accomplishments. Each year, the national office awards several cash scholarships to members. Annual Awards of Excellence are also given to individual members, chapters and officers.

Honor Regalia and National Newsletter
When you become a member, you’ll receive a membership certificate, lapel pin and wallet card. A bi-annual national newsletter, The Docket, is also available to members on the Alpha Phi Sigma website. The newsletter reports on areas of concern to the criminal justice sciences and society at large. You are encouraged to use the newsletter to publish your activities and events.

Annual Conference
The Alpha Phi Sigma national conference is held each year during the month of March. The conference is held in conjunction with the Academy of Criminal Justice Science and presents a wide range of programs and activities. You have the opportunity to meet criminal justice professionals and students from other chapters. You are encouraged to actively participate in the Alpha Phi Sigma conference activities.

Lifetime membership
Alpha Phi Sigma members enjoy the privilege of pursuing networking and career opportunities with other criminal justice professionals, as well as ongoing professional development, beyond their college graduation.

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Eligibility for joining Alpha Phi Sigma

Eta Theta, in conjunction with University of Phoenix, considers each College of Criminal Justice and Security student’s eligibility in an open application process. Students may apply to the chapter as long as they are active in the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration (BSCJA), Bachelor of Science in Organizational Security and Management (BSOSM), or Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security (MSAJS) program, meet the eligibility criteria and have not been charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Once received, each application will be reviewed against all eligibility criteria.

Membership requirements

You may be eligible for membership in Eta Theta if you are a student enrolled in a Criminal Justice and Security degree program at University of Phoenix and meet the following requirements:

BSCJA student requirements

  • Completed seven core/major courses of the BSCJA curriculum
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher
  • Attended class during the calendar year of application, January 1 – December 31

BSOSM student requirements

  • Completed seven core/major courses of the BSOSM curriculum
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher
  • Attended class during the calendar year of application, January 1 – December 31

MSAJS student requirements

  • Completed four core courses in the MSAJS curriculum
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher
  • Attended class during the calendar year of application, January 1 – December 31

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