Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society of criminal justice students. The society was founded in 1942 by Dr. Vivian Leonard who had just been appointed Director of the newly established Police Science program at Washington State University and saw the need for an institutionalized means for recognizing the scholarly achievements of the program's students. In 1976, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences made Alpha Phi Sigma their officially recognized national honor society, which has grown to almost three hundred chapters today.


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Why join?

Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma will provide you with unique opportunities and experience not afforded to others and help you network with professionals in the field. 

Membership Requirements

  • Must be a declared Criminology Major or Criminal Justice Minor
  • Successfully completed a minimum of 4 Criminal Justice/Criminology courses
  • Successfully completed one-third of total hours required for graduation                                  
  • GPA rank in the top third of all Criminology/Criminal Justice Majors
  • Achieved a minimum field of study GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale 
  • Achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale
  • Recommendation of Faculty Advisor
  • Upon recommendation, $50 one-time dues 


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