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Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society
, recognizes scholastic achievement and excellence by undergraduate and graduate students in the criminal justice sciences and related fields. 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.

Membership Qualifications
Advantages of Membership
How to Apply
Club Officers
Contact Advisor

Alpha Phi Sigma Meeting and Activities

All Alpha Phi Sigma meetings and activities will be announced here as information becomes available. 


Alpha Phi Sigma 2011 Induction Ceremony


Membership Qualifications

  • Justice or Legal Studies major or minor
  • At least 40 earned credits
  • At least 12 credits in Justice or Legal Studies courses
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.20
  • GPA in Justice or Legal Studies courses of at least 3.20
  • See "How to Apply"
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Application Form (editable form must be typed)

Advantages of Membership

  • Awards, grants and scholarships
  • Distinctive honor for letters of recommendation, resumes and employment applications
  • Graduate school, career, and professional networking opportunities
  • Qualifies for GS-7 level occupations in the United States government
  • Research opportunities and paper competitions
  • Participation in the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences 
  • Membership is for life
  • For more benefits of membership click here

How to Apply

  • Review and ensure you meet the membership qualifications.
  • Print an unofficial copy of your transcript.
    • Highlight all Justice courses.
    • At the top of your transcript, list the number of Justice courses and credits you have completed.
    • At the top of your transcript, list the total number of college credits you have earned.
    • Compute your Justice GPA (see GPA Calculator) and provide a print out with your application.
  •  Complete an APS application and submit it to your local chapter advisor, Prof. Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D.
    • You can only apply by submitting your application to your local chapter advisor. You cannot apply directly to the national office.
    • You must complete an application with our local chapter and chapter advisor information on it (see Alpha Phi Sigma Application Form).
  • Secure a money order or cashier’s check for $50 payable to Alpha Phi Sigma National Headquarters and submit it with your application. Cash and personal checks will not be accepted.
  • Students must apply for Alpha Phi Sigma and officially become members before the end of the semester in which they intend to graduate.


History of Alpha Phi Sigma

  • Alpha Phi Sigma was founded in January 1942 at Washington State University by Dr. V.A. Leonard and seven majors in the Police Science program Dr. Leonard had established at Washington State the previous year. The first Constitution and By-Laws were drafted under Glenn Hill, the society's first president.
  • For several years Alpha Phi Sigma experienced only limited growth, but on March 24, 1975, through unanimous vote of its executive board, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) granted Alpha Phi Sigma affiliate status. Alpha Phi Sigma at the time had only fourteen chapters, but since has grown rapidly and now has over 140 chapters throughout the United States.
  • Since 1978, Alpha Phi Sigma has held its national convention in conjunction with the annual ACJS meeting. The Academy's continued support of Alpha Phi Sigma serves to enhance Alpha Phi Sigma's purpose -- the recognition of scholarly achievement in the field of the criminal justice. Alpha Phi Sigma was admitted to the Association of College Honor Societies as an associate member in 1981.
  • For more information about Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, visit their website at

Local Chapter

  • The Omega Xi Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma at the University of Alaska Anchorage was chartered on January 21, 1980. The Omega Xi Chapter invites eligible Justice students to apply for membership in the society.
  • Eligible students will be identified each spring semester and invited to join APS. However, students are allowed to discuss their own qualifications for membership with a Local Chapter Advisor without prior notification.
  • The induction ceremony takes place in the spring semester.
  • Omega Xi By-laws
  • Alpha Phi Sigma Flyer
  • Contact your chapter advisor to place an order for graduation regalia

2013 - 2014 Club Officers

President & Club Council Delegate : Simona Gerdts
Vice President: Gaynor Johansen
Secretary: Donte Powell
Treasurer: Kimberly Del Frate

UAA APS Chapter Advisor

Ryan Fortson, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor