Alpha Phi Sigma
GVSU CRIMINAL JUSTICE HONOR SOCIETY
ALPHA PHI SIGMA
Alpha Phi Sigma is a scholastic honorary society in criminal justice. 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. The purposes of Alpha Phi Sigma are:
- 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.
Alpha Phi Sigma was meant to reward students for extraordinary scholarship and to maximize their potential. Grand Valley's chapter hopes to allow criminal justice and legal studies students to be rewarded for hard work and dedication, as well as provide incentive for academic integrity and honesty.
As individuals entering the criminal justice profession, many of us are hoping to serve the public in one form or another after graduation. While still in school, we also have the opportunity to help the community in which we reside. Alpha Phi Sigma hopes to help the community in a variety of ways that will not only make the community more comfortable with where law enforcement is headed in the future, but will show our commitment to the community in ways mere words cannot capture.
Leadership and Organizational Experience
Alpha Phi Sigma, as with most honor societies is an excellent way to build experience in leadership and organizational skills, things many employers in the criminal justice professions look for. Alpha Phi Sigma has various leadership and organizational positions currently available to members.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MEMBERSHIP:
Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. To become a member, the student must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation at his/her institution. The student must be recommended, to the National headquarters, by the chapter advisor.
Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale, a 3.2 GPA on 4.0 scale in criminal justice courses. The students must also rank in the top 35% of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor or legal studies major or minor.
Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both Criminal Justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale. Students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.
Law students enrolled in law school, having completed one academic year, with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher, on a 4.0 scale.