SIU students can join several criminology and criminal justice-related organizations on campus. The Department sponsors a local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. According to the group’s bylaws, “The organization strives to promote analytical thinking, rigorous scholarship and lifelong learning; to keep abreast of the advances in scientific research; to elevate the ethical standards of the criminal justice professions and to sustain in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training." Students with a Criminology and Criminal Justice major or minor are eligible to join Alpha Phi Sigma if they maintain a 3.2 grade point average and complete a minimum number of courses.
The Department also sponsors the Criminal Justice Association, a registered student organization on campus. The Criminal Justice Association was formed to establish a network among students who have an interest in the criminal justice field. The CJA provides a forum that facilitates interaction between students, faculty, program alumni, professionals employed in the field, and members of the broader community through guest speakers, lectures and social gatherings. Recent activities include tours of the Williamson County Jail, Menard Correctional Center, and Effingham County Coroner’s Office. Be on the lookout for announcements of meetings and events. You can follow the group on Facebook or OrgSync.