About the Department

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.

Activities

Meetings are held bimonthly 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.

Membership

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. Stephen Clipper.  Applications should be completed online and delivered, along with a check or money order for dues, to the Department office in Farrah 432-C. We elect new officers each November.

Criminal Justice Student Association

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.

Activities

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

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

If you are interested in joining, please contact the faculty advisor, Doug Klutz (douglas.klutz@ua.edu), or pick up an application in the Department of Criminal Justice main office, 432C Farrah Hall.