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  • Sociology and Criminal Justice Student Organizations

    Criminal Justice Association

    The Criminal Justice Association is a student-run organization that serves as an open forum for criminal justice majors, and other interested students, to socialize and discuss career opportunities, internship experiences, and challenging coursework. Occasionally, these regularly scheduled meetings include guests from criminal justice fields, such as local and federal law enforcement officers, who share professional advice and provide information about career opportunities.

    Membership benefits include building relationships with other like-minded students through field trips, social gatherings, fundraising events and much more!

    Faculty advisor is Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan who can be reached at sloan@mnstate.edu.

    Sociology Club

    The Sociology Club serves as a means for sociology students or those interested in sociology to gather to discuss important topics, movies and books on sociology. Recently, the club has attended regional sociology meetings of the Midwest Sociological Society in Chicago and St. Louis.

    Faculty advisor is Dr. Lee Vigilant who can be reached at vigilant@mnstate.edu.

    Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) International Sociology Honor Society

    Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities to help improve the human condition.

    Based on the following criteria, sociology students are nominated by MSUM professors for membership.

    Undergraduate Criteria: 

    1. Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program.
    2. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards.
    3. Must rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship or have at least a 3.3 overall GPA.
    4. Must have at least a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses prior to initiation.
    5. Must have completed at least four regular sociology courses.

    Students are inducted into the society each spring.

    Faculty advisor is Dr. Lee Vigilant who can be reached at vigilant@mnstate.edu.

    Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) Criminal Justice Honor Society

    Alpha Phi Sigma is a National Criminal Justice Honor Society and the only Criminal Justice Honor Society certified as a member of The Association of College Honor Societies and affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.  Alpha Phi Sigma recognizes academic excellence of Undergraduate Criminal Justice majors who maintain a G.P.A. of 3.2 or above and are in the top 35% of their class.  The Goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence; community service; educational leadership and unity. www.alphaphisigma.org 

    Faculty advisor is Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan who can be reached at sloan@mnstate.edu.

    Gamma Eta Rho Omega Chapter of Sigma Phi Omega (SPO) Gerontology Honor Society

    MSUM has a new chapter, Gamma Eta Rho Omega, of the national academic honor society in gerontology, Sigma Phi Omega. SPO is the national academic honor and professional society in gerontology established to recognize excellence of those who study gerontology and aging. Local chapters serve as links within their respective communities to promote interaction between gerontology educators, students, alumni, and local professionals. The chapters provide opportunities for personal and professional interaction, sharing of concerns, discussion of issues, and service activities. Student membership is open to undergraduates who are majoring or minoring in gerontology and who are in at least their second term of enrollment with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.3. Students are inducted into the society each spring.
    www.sigmaphiomega.org 

    Faculty advisor is Dr. Sue Humphers-Ginther who can be reached at humphers@mnstate.edu.