Professional and Scholarly Organizations


Criminal Justice

American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Southern Criminal Justice Association



Kappa Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate, graduate students of criminal justice, as well as juris doctorate.

To join the society, the student must have completed one-third of their total hours required for graduation and must be recommended by the chapter advisor, Professor Johnson

Undergraduate students must maintain a minimum of 3.2 overall GPA on a 4.0 scale, and 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale in criminal justice courses. The student must also rank in the top 35% of their classes and have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. The Honor Society is open to those with a declared criminal justice major or minor. Graduate students are required to maintain a minimum of a 3.4 GPA in both criminal justice courses and overall courses, on a 4.0 scale. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of four courses within the criminal justice curriculum. Members pay a one-time $50.00 fee, $40.00 for national dues and $10.00 for local chapter. For further information please contact the chapter advisor. Download a CJ Alpha Phi Sigma Membership Application.

Criminal Justice Student Association

Pensacola — CJSA is a group of students on campus from all degree fields that share an interest in the criminal justice system. We hold monthly meetings, participate in events both on and off campus, perform community service, and go on trips to further expand our knowledge and experiences with the many facets of the American legal system. We also bring in guest speakers to give members an opportunity to learn about specific professions and ask questions to agents/officers from different agencies and areas of law. In short, if you intend to pursue a career in criminal justice or simply find the legal system interesting the CJSA is the group that can help you learn and achieve your goals. For further information please contact the faculty advisor.

Emerald Coast — The Emerald Coast Criminal Justice Student Organization provides students with the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of criminal justice, prepare for a career through professional development, give back to the community, and build contacts in the criminal justice field through socializing and networking. The organization is open to all UWF students. Best of all, it doesn't cost anything to join! Our two primary events for the year are the spring career fair to be held at the Fort Walton Beach campus and participation in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Throughout the year, we collect used printer/toner cartridges and recycle them as a fundraiser for the Relay. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Johnson (kjohnson@uwf.edu)


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