The Department of Sociology and Criminology is proud to have an active chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma the national honor society for students of Criminology. Membership in APS has a number of benefits, including opportunities to interact with faculty and engage with other honors students.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only nationally recognized honor society for criminal justice. Founded in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has grown to over 550 chapters at colleges and universities in 50 states as well as in Guam and Canada.

Students who meet eligibility requirements can become members of Alpha Phi Sigma as long as they are enrolled in a baccalaureate program (or higher) in the field of criminal justice or a related discipline at an institution. Related disciplines include criminology, forensics, law, homeland human services, political science, sociology, justice studies, psychology, administration, and social sciences.  Collegiate members in related disciplines must take a minimum of four upper-division courses directly related to criminal justice.

Members have the opportunity to attend the APS annual conference held every spring. The conference is held concurrently with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ annual conference (ACJS), allowing students to network with professionals in the criminal justice and related fields along with other Alpha Phi Sigma members. 

For more information about the Iowa chapter of APS, contact Professor Michaela Ruppert.