Department of Criminal Justice

Alpha Phi Sigma Honor Society


Alpha Phi Sigma's mission is to promote critical thinking, rigorous scholarship, and lifelong learning. It also serves to elevate ethical standards of criminal justice professions.

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(410) 951-3045

Alpha Phi Sigma is the national honor society that celebrates student excellence in the fields of criminal justice and criminology.

Coppin is home to the Nu Zeta Chapter of this illustrious national honor society. Criminal justice students who qualify can become life-long members, joining thousands of others around the country who are also considered successful students of criminal justice and criminology.

Interested in applying to Alpha Phi Sigma?

Check out the Alpha Phi Sigma eligibility requirements for undergraduate and graduate students, then reach out to Jacqueline Rhoden-Trader, PhD, Criminal Justice Chair and chapter advisor.


Undergraduate and graduate students studying criminal justice are eligible to apply.

Undergraduate Students

To be eligible for Alpha Phi Sigma membership, undergraduate students must:

  • Have completed 3 full-time semesters of th equivalent of 3 full-time semesters
  • Have earned a minimum cumulative 3.2 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in criminal justice classes
  • Rank in the top 35% of their class
  • Have at least 4 classes of completed coursework in the criminal justice field

Graduate Students

Graduate students interested in applying for Sigma Phi Alpha membership must:

  • Be enrolled in the Criminal Justice master's program or another related graduate program
  • Have completed 4 courses
  • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA on a 4.0 scale or rank in the top 25 of their class

Interested in attending law school?

Coppin and University of Baltimore School of Law have partnered to offer a unique law school preparation program called the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence. The Angelos Scholars Program and LSAT Award Program both include an LSAT prep course taught on Coppin’s campus each spring semester. Program application deadlines are in the fall.