Student Organizations

Alpha Phi Sigma

The Alpha Rho Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society is devoted to promoting academic excellence and leadership through campus programs and community outreach. The goal of Alpha Phi Sigma is to recognize and promote high academic achievement among actively participating members and to create a competitive atmosphere for further advancement of criminal justice students.


Meetings are held bi-monthly to plan events and discuss issues and concerns about academic careers. Each year Alpha Phi Sigma hosts a career fair attended by local, state, and federal agencies within the criminal justice profession. The career fair gives students from all majors an occasion to discuss employment requirements and application processes with agency representatives. Alpha Phi Sigma also participates in Homecoming activities and the “Beat Auburn/Beat Hunger” canned food drive in November.


Alpha Phi Sigma is open to all qualified CJ majors and minors who have completed a minimum of 12 hours of CJ coursework and maintained minimum GPA requirements of 3.25 for undergraduates and 3.4 for graduate students.

If you are interested in joining, please contact the faculty advisor, Dr. Matthew Valasik. We elect new officers each November.

Criminal Justice Student Association

UA students with Dr. Yusef Salaam
The Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice co-sponsored a lecture delivered by Dr. Yusef Salaam, author, activist, and member of the Exonerated Five.

As a campus-wide, student-led organization, CJSA is comprised of UA undergraduate and graduate students who share a common interest in all things criminology and criminal justice.


Through the various guest speakers, tours, community service projects, and “brown bags” it sponsors, CJSA provides its members with the following benefits:

  • Access to criminal justice agencies and knowledgeable professionals not normally provided in a typical CJ course.
  • Up-to-date information on current criminal justice employment opportunities and trends.
  • Education on how to prepare for graduate school, law school, and the criminal justice workforce.
  • Opportunities to complete service projects that benefit the wider community.


Membership in CJSA is not bound by major or program of study. Any UA student may join.

Please contact the department’s main office for more information.