Professional Organizations Beyond the Classroom

 

Alpha Phi Sigma Eta Upsilon Chapter

The Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society is an organization that recognizes the scholarly achievement in the field of criminal justice. The organization is affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and the Association of College Honor Societies. Alpha Phi Sigma was designated as the National Criminal Justice Honor Society by the Executive Board of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) in 1976.  Eligible students must be enrolled at the time of application in the institution represented by the chapter, have declared a major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field, have completed 45 semester hours, have a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in courses in criminal justice related fields and rank in the top 35 percent of their class. A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field. For more information, contact Keith Coleman, the Eta Upsilon Chapter Advisor, at 336-285-2046 or kcolema1@ncat.edu.

The E. A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society

The Judge Elreta A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society is a multi-purpose organization that brings together students, faculty, and staff; to keep criminal justice students informed of academic and professional opportunities, to sponsor events and opportunities related to criminal justice, to advocate for criminal justice students, and to recognize the academic and professional achievements of criminal justice students and faculty. E. A. Ralston students are both scholars and activists who are involved in community service, voluntarism, and social justice initiatives. For more information about the E. A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society, please contact Raven Coleman, Advisor, at 336-285-2046 or rcoleman@ncat.edu.

The NC A&T Department of Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team

At the collegiate level, a Mock Trial is an enactment of a civil or criminal trial. Students get experience arguing either the prosecution or the defense side of a case. The trial is observed by judges, who will take a vote on which side had the more compelling argument. Teams are judged on their ability to advance their case as well as their poise, performance and believability. NCAT team members can participate in regional and national mock trial tournaments. For more information about the NC A&T Department of Criminal Justice Mock Trial Team, please contact Attorney Brenton Boyce, Advisor, at 336-285-2046 or bjboyce@ncat.edu.

The American Society of Criminology (ASC)

The American Society of Criminology is an international organization concerned with criminology, embracing scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the etiology, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. The organization was founded in 1941. ASC is the largest professional criminological society in the world. ASC is an international organization whose members pursue scholarly, scientific, and professional knowledge concerning the measurement, etiology, consequences, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. The Society’s objective is to bring together a multidisciplinary forum fostering criminological study, research, and education. Members of ASC includes practitioners, academicians, and students in the many fields of criminal justice and criminology. For more information regarding the American Society of Criminology (ASC) and student membership, please visit the ASC website or contact Dr. Carla D. Coates at 336-285-2046 or  cdcoates@ncat.edu.

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS)

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) is an international association that was established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS promotes criminal justice education, research, and policy analysis within the discipline of criminal justice for both educators and practitioners.  Student membership is open to any undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an institution of higher education who supports the purposes of the Academy, whose enrollment is certified by a regular faculty or administrative official of the institution. For more information about the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) and student membership, please visit the ACJS website or contact Dr. Carla D. Coates at 336-285-2046 or cdcoates@ncat.edu.

American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS)

The American Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) is multidisciplinary professional organization that provides leadership to advance science and its application to the legal system. Since 1948, the AAFS has served a distinguished and diverse membership.  Its over 6,500 members are divided into eleven sections spanning the forensic enterprise.  Included among the Academy’s members are physicians, attorneys, dentists, toxicologists, physical anthropologists, document examiners, digital evidence experts, psychiatrists, engineers, physicists, chemists, criminalists, educators, and others. Representing all 50 United States, Canada, and 70 other countries worldwide, they actively practice forensic science and, in many cases, teach and conduct research in the field as well. The objectives of the Academy are to promote professionalism, integrity, competency, education, foster research, improve practice, and encourage collaboration in the forensic sciences. Please visit the American Academy of Forensic Sciences to learn more about the organization and student membership or contact Dr. Catherine Bonventre at 336-285-2046 or clbonventre@ncat.edu.