The Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJS) Department has two undergraduate clubs/societies associated with the department: The Criminal Justice Student Association and Alpha Phi Sigma Honors Society.  Information about both clubs/societies are listed below. 

The Criminal Justice Student Association

The Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) is a student organization dedicated to providing extracurricular opportunities to further explore critical issues involving criminology and criminal justice. Through a regular program of speakers, agency demonstrations, community service projects and an annual career and internship fair, the CJSA provides students with valuable information for making decisions about career choices, further graduate level study and law school. The CJSA provides students with opportunities for academic and social interaction and access to criminology and criminal justice researchers, professors and practitioners representing a variety of government, academic, commercial corporate and non-profit organizations.

All graduate and undergraduate students, regardless of major, are eligible for CJSA membership. CJSA meetings and programs are held throughout the fall and spring semesters. CJSA does not assess membership dues or fees.  For more information about the CJSA please contact: umd.cjsa [at]

Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society

Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society founded in 1942. Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate and Graduate students of Criminal Justice, as well as Juris Doctorate students.  The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity (  The CCJS staff advisor for Alpha Phi Sigma is Nicole Jackson.

Membership Requirements:

Membership is open to CCJS majors who have completed at least 40 total credits with at least 12 credits in CCJS courses.  Applicants must have completed at least one semester at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD) and have an established UMD grade point average.  Undergraduate Applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 and a minimum CCJS major grade point average of a 3.20. Graduate student applicants must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of a 3.40 to apply.

To Apply:

Applicants must fill out the application and submit the fee (we accept personal check made out to Alpha Phi Sigma, money order, and cash in exact change)  of $75.00 ($70 of which goes to the National fee and $5 goes to the local chapter).  Students can submit the completed application and fee to CCJS Advising or place in Nicole Jackson's mailbox inside Lefrak Hall, room 2220. Applications are processed once at the beginning of the fall semester (due: October 7) and once at the beginning of the spring semester (due: February 17) and it generally takes a few weeks to get official acceptance.  Once a student has been accepted, he or she will receive a certificate and pin.  Students are notified of their acceptance via Nicole Jackson.

The application can be found on the Alpha Phi Sigma national website, on the applications page.  The name of the local chapter is Omega Iota. 


Alpha Phi Sigma Student Leadership:

President: Caleigh Larkin

Vice President: Samantha Shaw

Secretary: Rhiannon Little