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Alpha Phi Sigma-National Criminal Justice Honor Society

Pictured are Point Park University students in a criminal justice class.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for criminal justice students.  The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice programs.


To become a member of Point Park University's Eta Alpha chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, students must have completed one-third of his or her total credits required for graduation. 

Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum 3.2 overall G.P.A. and a 3.2 G.P.A. in criminal justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35 percent of his or her classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum.  Alpha Phi Sigma is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor.

Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum 3.4 G.P.A. in both criminal justice and overall courses.  Students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. 


Applications are available at the administrative office of the Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies, located in 404 Academic Hall.  Students may also obtain the application online at www.alphaphisigma.org.

Once the student has completed his or her sections on the application, the application should then be submitted to the Eta Alpha chapter advisor, Professor Lorelei Stein, Ph.D., who will verify the student's G.P.A., complete the advisor's section of the application form and submit it to the National Membership Headquarters.  There is a one-time fee of $40 that should be made payable to Alpha Phi Sigma in the form of a money order or cashier's check.

In the spring of each year, Point Park University conducts an induction ceremony where new members are inducted into the Eta Alpha Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma and receive a pin and certificate of membership.  At the annual Point Park University commencement ceremony, undergraduates who are members of Alpha Phi Sigma will wear the braided blue and gold honor cord and graduate students will wear the blue and gold medallion.  Honor society graduation regalia are presented to Alpha Phi Sigma members by the Department of Criminal Justice and Intelligence Studies.