Student Organizations in Criminal Justice

The department has two organizations for students wanting to meet others with similar interests, interact with practitioners and distinguished leaders, visit agencies, attend conferences and symposia, or join the national honorary society.

Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society

We encourage students to become a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society. At ECU’s Omega Alpha chapter we value academic excellence and give our students the recognition they deserve.  Criminal justice major undergraduate or graduate students, who meet the national standards, are invited to join the most prestigious criminal justice honorary society in the country.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the field of criminal justice science ( ). The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice as well as students in the juris doctorate field. You can access the Omega Alpha bylaws by clicking here.

Benefits of Alpha Phi Sigma:

  • A feeling of community
  • Interaction with other students who have similar interests                    
  • Educational, career, and networking opportunities                                           
  • Graduation regalia
  • Lifetime membership
  • Waiver of the GRE requirement when applying for admission into the MSCJ program

Membership Requirements:

Undergraduate Students:
  • Declared a major, minor, or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field
  • Have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent.
  • Attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in their cumulative and criminal justice classes; rank in the top 35% of their class.
  • Complete a minimum of four courses in the criminal justice field.
Graduate Students:
  • Enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or related field
  • Have completed four courses
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale or rank in the upper 25% of their class.
  • Three of the four courses, can be counted from undergraduate work if you attained a 3.4 GPA or higher in those classes.

Application Process:

  • Applications MUST be typed. Applications which are handwritten will be returned. All fields must be completed, unless listed as “optional”.    
  • You can access the membership application form by clicking here    
  • Provide a one-time $50 membership fee        
    • Payment MUST be in form of a money order or cashier’s check – no other forms of payment are accepted by the national office
    • Make payment payable to the Alpha Phi Sigma National Headquarters
  • Provide a one-time $25 Omega Alpha chapter fee
    • Payment MUST be in form of a money order, cashier’s check, or cash – no other forms of payment are accepted
    • For money order or cashier’s check, make payment payable to the APS ECU Criminal Justice
    • Receive an exclusive Alpha Phi Sigma (Omega Alpha chapter) t-shirt with your chapter payment!
  • Completed applications must be submitted to the chapter advisor for verification and signature. Return application and payment to Rivers 241, to the attention of Dr. Scott Walfield

For More Information:

Contact Dr. Scott Walfield at or 252-737-1558 (Rivers 241)

Criminal Justice Student Organization

This organization is open to all criminal justice students and its members participate in community and campus activities including sponsoring criminal justice-related events and volunteering in neighborhoods to enhance public safety and wellness.

Contact Chad Jordan at or 252-737-2223 (Rivers 244)

Student Membership in National or Regional Criminal Justice Associations

Students are encouraged to join national and regional criminal justice associations to learn more about developments in the criminal justice field, network with students and academics from other educational institutions, and find out about career opportunities. The organizations listed below offer student memberships.

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences
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American Society of Criminology
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Southern Criminal Justice Association
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North Carolina Criminal Justice Association
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