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Kean Criminal Justice Club 

Students enrolled at Kean are invited to join the Criminal Justice Club, which is run by elected student leadership, with faculty advisement.  In the past, the Criminal Justice  Club has invited professionals working in the criminal justice system to speak about their jobs. Also, the Criminal Justice Club has taken trips to prisons, courts, halfway houses, and even the famous New York City Criminal Court.  Students who want to explore different possible career directions find the Criminal Justice Club very useful as a source of finding out "what's out there." The current executive board includes Daniel Berrios (President), Joseph Colabraro (Vice President), Tyler Martin (Treasurer), and Anthony Andreano (Sgt. at Arm).
For further questions please contact Dr. Garcia at

Alpha Phi Sigma, The National Criminal Justice Society 

Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Honor Society for Criminal Justice, is dedicated to recognizing and promoting excellence in the study and practice of criminal justice, fostering integrity, professionalism, and creative performance, and promoting scholarship and accomplishment in criminal justice.  It is the intent of Alpha Phi Sigma to foster the professional and ethical growth of students at Kean University.  The 2014-2015 Executive Board include:

  • President, Charles Campbell, Graduate Program, Class of 2015
  • Vice-President, Harsh Parikh, Undergraduate Program, Class of 2015
  • Recording Secretary, Desiree Gonzalez, Undergraduate Program, Class of 2015
  • Treasurer, Richard Pereira, Undergraduate Program, Ocean Campus, Class of 2015

For further questions please contact Dr. Jim Drylie at or Prof. Dennis Bogdan at

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is Alpha Phi Sigma? 

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. The purpose is to recognize and promote high quality scholarship among students and to establish in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training. 

What are the advantages of being a member? 

Being a member signifies a recognition of academic achievement and can be added to your resume.  Offers leadership, group organization, business, and volunteer experience. There are four local officer positions and four national officer positions. There are also committee chair positions.  National Scholarships are awarded.  Alpha Phi Sigma is guaranteed four positions annually for internships at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), in Glynco, Georgia.  Volunteer work increases your career networking in the field.  Making new friends with other criminal justice students and enhancing your marketability in the workplace. 

How can I join? 

To become a member, the student must have completed at least one-third of their total hours required for graduation at his/her institution. The student must be recommended by the chapter advisor. In order to join Alpha Phi Sigma, the applicant must have all of the following: 
  • Undergraduate students:
    • must be a declared criminal justice major, 
    • must have completed at least 42 semester hours of undergraduate work with a 3.0 overall GPA, and
    • also must have completed 12 hours in criminal justice with a 3.2 GPA or higher 
  • Transfer students: 
    • must a be a declared criminal justice major, 
    • must have at least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and 
    • must have taken at least 9 hours in criminal justice at a previous college/university and at least 3 hours in criminal justice at Kean University 
It is the student’s choice whether or not to apply for membership with Alpha Phi Sigma. Applications can be picked at the criminal justice department office in 305 Willis Hall or download by clicking below. Each application must then be submitted to the faculty advisor.

Does membership require fees? 

Applications must be accompanied by a $60 cashier’s check or money order payable to: Kean University Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. Thereafter, yearly dues to the Kean University Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma will be $20 payable each September of the academic year. Although membership to Alpha Phi Sigma is a lifetime membership,active membership in the Kean University Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma is for the duration of graduation. 

What is required with membership in Alpha Phi Sigma? 

Members are required to attend all meetings and be committed to giving 4 hours of volunteer work, as approved by the Chapter, each academic year. If members miss more than 2 consecutive meetings then they can make up the absences with volunteer hours (for example, 2 hours for every two meetings missed). If members fail to fulfill all requirements they will be placed on probation for possible removal of membership from the Kean University Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma. 

When and where do we meet? 

Alpha Phi Sigma will usually hold a business meeting twice each month. To be discussed at this meeting will include treasury reports, the annual induction ceremony, volunteer work, and fundraising. The Chapter may also choose to bring in guest speakers from the criminal justice field to present special topics at the meeting. 

Download Application.  Link to the national chapter:

CJ-Public Health Journal Club

 The CJ-Public Health Journal Club focuses on contemporary public health and criminal justice research and issues.  A series of college hour meetings have been held during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, during which students are encouraged to participate in upcoming research events, both locally (i.e., Kean University’s Research Day) and nationally (i.e., the Posters on the Hill program sponsored by the Council on Undergraduate Research [CUR]  The CJ-Public Health Journal Club will continue to meet through the 2014-15 academic year.  It is open to both undergraduate and graduate students in all social science disciplines and provides a good opportunity for students to work with a faculty mentor outside of the standard classroom arrangement. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Connie Hassett-Walker at