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Harding Criminal Justice Association

The Harding Criminal Justice Association- Alpha Theta Omega (HCJA) is an association devoted to the furtherance of professionalism in all areas of criminal justice. HCJA strives to encourage greater cooperation among criminal justice agencies and to promote greater understanding between the community and the profession. As a member of HCJA, you will be able to network with others in the Criminal Justice profession as well as participate in other special organization events. Also, your membership will serve as a positive addition to your resume.

The goals upon which HCJA is based are:

  • Build a stronger camaraderie among fellow Criminal Justice majors.
  • Further explore future career opportunities through networking.
  • Instill a reputation for doing what is just, truthful and admirable.
  • Develop an enhanced spiritual mindset as well as Christian values that will affect the Criminal Justice system as a whole.
  • Develop a better understanding of how God desires us to administer justice.

In order to be a member of HCJA, you must be a Criminal Justice major or minor. See the Director of the Criminal Justice Program for an application for membership.

Sponsor: B.J. Houston - bjhouston@harding.edu - Box 12260

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences is an international organization established in 1963 to foster professional and scholarly activities in the field of criminal justice. ACJS' focus is to examine critical issues and to advance knowledge in criminal justice, research, criminal justice education and policy analysis.

The Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences is a professional organization dedicated to criminal justice research, education and policy analysis. ACJS promotes scholarly research and professional activities within the discipline of criminal justice for educators and practitioners. During the past decade, the Academy has matured into one of the major scholarly associations in the field. The Academy provides a forum for disseminating ideas related to issues in research, policy, teaching, and education within the field. Additionally, the Academy encourages diversity through sections that address individual specialties and interests.

The American Society of Criminology

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. This includes the measurement and detection of crime, legislation and practice of criminal law, as well as the law enforcement, judicial and correctional systems.

The Society's objective is to bring together a multidisciplinary forum fostering criminology study, research, and education. Its members include practitioners, academicians, and students in the many fields of criminal justice.

The American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon

The American Criminal Justice Association – Lambda Alpha Epsilon was founded in 1937. Membership in the Association is composed of persons who are employed in an area concerned with the administration of criminal justice or enrolled in a program of study in the field of criminal justice at a university or college accredited by a recognized national or regional accreditation association.

Since 1969, the Association has committed itself to the broader concept of criminal justice, incorporating the total system which includes police, the courts, and corrections. ACJA/LAE has continued to grow since its ‘nationalization.’ Currently, there are over 180 active chapters of ACJA/LAE in many of the colleges and universities through the United States that have criminal justice programs. There are also professional chapters for those already employed in the criminal justice field.

The Association holds a National Conference every year with excellent workshops and speakers; competitions including criminal law, crime scene investigation, juvenile law, physical agility; and a National Pistol Match. The Association also offers and awards scholarships each year to members who wish to apply for them. The LAE Journal and the National Newsletter are the “official” publications of the Association.

Objectives of the Association are to:

  • Improve criminal justice through educational activities.
  • Foster professionalism in law enforcement personnel and agencies.
  • Promote professional, academic, and public awareness of criminal justice issues.
  • Encourage the establishment and expansion of higher education and professional training in criminal justice.
  • Provide a unified voice for professionals in, and students of, criminal justice.
  • Promote high standards of ethical conduct, professional training, and higher education within the criminal justice field.

National Criminal Justice Association

Based in Washington, D.C., the NCJA represents state, tribal and local governments on crime prevention and crime control issues. Its members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials.

The NCJA is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy since its founding in 1971. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety and criminal and juvenile justice system problems. The NCJA recognizes the importance of interrelationships among criminal and juvenile justice agencies and between these agencies and the community and the strong, steady advocacy necessary to achieve comprehensive planning and policy coordination goals.

The National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma)

Alpha Phi Sigma is the only National Criminal Justice Honor Society for Criminal Justice Majors. The society recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students of criminal justice, as well as students in the juris doctorate field.

Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Honor Society, invites you to join the thousands of prominent people who have become members of this established honorary.

Today, Alpha Phi Sigma (APS) has over 250 chapters. Each chapter is made up of students who share the commitment to learning and improving the criminal justice field.

Membership Requirements


  • A declared major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice field;
  • Completed three full time semesters or equivalent;
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA on a scale of 4.0 and a 3.2 GPA in his/her criminal justice courses; and
  • Completed a minimum of 4 courses within the criminal justice field.


  • The student must be enrolled in a masters or Ph.D. program in the criminal justice field;
  • have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate work, or equivalent;
  • have a 3.4 GPA or higher, on a scale of 4.0;
  • and have a 3.4 GPA in criminal justice work.

Juris Doctorate:

  • The student must be enrolled in law school;
  • have completed one academic year;
  • and have a GPA of 2.5 or higher, on a scale of 4.0.

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