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Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the National Criminal Justice Honor Society that recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for academic excellence in the criminal justice field.

Undergraduate Students

To apply to The Citadel's chapter Delta Eta, students must have a declared a major, minor, or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field and must have completed three full semesters or its equivalent. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale in both their cumulative and criminal justice classes and must also rank in the top 35% of their class.

Graduate Students

Graduate students must be enrolled in a graduate program in criminal justice or a related field, have completed four courses, have a minimum GPA of 3.4 on a 4.0 scale, and rank in the upper 25% of their class.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only certified member Criminal Justice Honor Society of The Association of College Honor Societies and is affiliated with The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.


Alpha Phi Sigma, Delta Eta Chapter Officers 2012-2013

President: Cadet Martin Butler
Vice President: Cadet Michael Whelan

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Catherine Burton


Created by: President Cadet Butler, Vice President Cadet Whelan, & Cadet Clyburn.

Symbols incorporated into the patch:

Top Left: The symbol for Alpha Phi Sigma.

Top Right: The colors and pattern represent the Quad, which symbolizes Citadel pride. There are 5 Quads located in each of the barracks at The Citadel, they are used for formations by the Corps of Cadets; the colors, red and white, are colors of the South Carolina battle flag. It includes the crossing of an M14 rifle and a sword; Cadet Officers carry the sword, and the M14 rifle is carried during parades.

Bottom Left: The Citadel mascot, the bulldog.

Bottom Right: The Lady of Justice, representing fair and equal opportunity within the law. In the statue’s right had is the balancing scales in which she measures Truth & Fairness, in her left hand is a sword representing Power & Reason, the blindfold over her eyes symbolizes Objectivity.