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APSU's Phi Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma


Are you ready to join the only fully accredited criminal justice honor society? If so, Alpha Phi Sigma is for you!

Since it's foundation in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has grown to over 550 chapters at colleges and universities in all 50 states, Guam, and Canada.  Here at APSU, we are proud to house the "APSU-Phi Kappa Chapter".  As this is an academic organization, we meet only 2 or 3 times a semester and are governed by elected student officers each year.

The mission of Alpha Phi Sigma is to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and lifelong 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 benefits and necessity of education and professional training.  

Benefits of Membership

There are a multitude of benefits to becoming a member of Alpha Phi Sigma.  Amongst those benefits are the following:

*Federal & State benefits providing prospective employers with instant verification of exemplary performance and achievement, distinguishing members from competing job applicants at a glance.

*Membership certificate, pin, and card

*Official publication -The Docket

*Merchandise available online

*Scholarships and Awards

*Leadership development and networking with students and professionals in the community and at the annual conference

*Privilege of wearing academic honor regalia for graduation and academic ceremonies

*Access to law enforcement job postings

How to Become a Member

Baccalaureate: Students shall have declared a major or minor in criminal justice, have completed 45 semester hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in courses in criminal justice related fields, and rank in the top 35% of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field. The membership fee for Alpha Phi Sigma is a one-time payment of $80 dollars.  This is a lifetime membership fee!

Masters: Students shall be enrolled at the time of application in a master’s program in the criminal justice field, have completed four courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.

Students who do not qualify for Alpha Phi Sigma National:

Students may join the local chapter (APSU Phi Kappa) if they are a criminal justice major or minor with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and at least two completed (6 hrs) criminal justice courses.  The fee to join the local chapter is only $15 and includes an APSU Certificate.  Once the student has met the requirement to join nationally, their fee would be adjusted from $80 to $70.

If you would like additional information about the national chapter, please review their website: https://alphaphisigma.org/

If you are ready to apply, please complete the following USA application:  https://alphaphisigma.org/membership-apps

***Completed applications and membership fees (cash or money order only, please) can be submitted to Chapter Advisor Dr Sarah Whiteford (Clement Bldg. - Rm 114), or to Melissa Boyer (Clement Bldg. - Rm 108).   Once received, validation will be completed and sent to National HQ to be processed.  In about 4-6 weeks your certificate, card and pin will arrive!