Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society

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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 distinguish themselves and provides additional benefits. Students of the College of Security and Criminal Justice have the opportunity to become a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society through the Eta Theta Chapter.

 

The goal of Alpha Phi Sigma is to:

  • Promote academic and professional excellence.
  • Assist in the development of leadership among members.
  • Provide opportunities for service to the community and the profession.
  • Encourage and facilitate communication among chapters and the criminal justice profession.

About Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma was founded by Dr. Vivian Anderson Leonard in 1942 with the help of Police Science majors at Washington State University. In March of 1976 the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences moved to make Alpha Phi Sigma the official National Criminal Justice Honor society. From this time on this respected society has continue to flourish.

The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship and life-long learning. It encourages members to stay informed regarding scientific research and seeks to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions while promoting the profession in the public arena.

Eta Theta is the Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society chapter at University of Phoenix College of Security and Criminal Justice.

Alpha Phi Sigma benefits and eligibility

Benefits

Becoming a member of the Alpha Phi Sigma honor society comes with numerous benefits, including:

Recognition of achievement

Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma designates you as an outstanding criminal justice and security student. It also offers national recognition for academic excellence. These honors can be noted on your employment applications, vitae and resumes.

Career growth

Membership can be a springboard for professional growth. As a member you have the opportunity to promote your research, receive national recognition and interact with leaders in the criminal justice and security field. You also have the ability to network with members from other chapters.

Leadership opportunities

Chapter membership facilitates the development of leadership skills, interaction with fellow students who have similar interests and service to the university. These experiences are valuable to your growth as a student and a professional in your field.  

Annual scholarships and awards

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

Honor regalia and national newsletter

Members receive a certificate of membership, lapel pin and wallet card. Members can also view the bi-annual national newsletter, The Docket, on the Alpha Phi Sigma website. The newsletter reports on areas of concern to the criminal justice sciences and society at large. Members are encouraged to utilize the newsletter to publish 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. Members that attend have the opportunity to meet criminal justice professionals and students from other chapters.

Lifetime membership

Members enjoy the privilege of pursuing networking and career opportunities with other criminal justice professionals. They can also take part in ongoing professional development that extends beyond graduation.

Visit the chapter website or contact the chapter directly at EtaTheta@phoenix.edu for more information.


Eligibility

University of Phoenix, in collaboration with Alpha Phi Sigma and the Eta Theta Chapter, considers each student’s eligibility in an open application process. Students may apply 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 the Master of Science in Administration of Justice and Security (MSAJS) program.

Additionally, applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria and cannot 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 by program

BSCJA requirements:

  • Have 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 requirements:

  • Have 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 requirements:

  • Have 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

For more information, visit the chapter website or contact the faculty volunteer at EtaTheta@phoenix.edu.

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