As students, we are constantly bombarded with opportunities to join various societies and organizations. However, the question remains: is it worth it? Specifically, is it worth the financial cost of joining Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society?
First, let’s examine the cost of membership. According to their website, the one-time membership fee is $75, and there is an additional $35 fee for a lifetime membership certificate. Additionally, members are required to maintain a 3.2 GPA in their criminal justice courses and have completed at least four courses in the field. In return, members receive access to scholarships, networking opportunities, and recognition for their academic achievements.
On the surface, these benefits may seem worth the cost of membership. However, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that Alpha Phi Sigma has demonstrated. In fact, the society is not currently certified as an Inclusive Honor Society, as reported by the Honor Society Foundation.
This lack of inclusivity is a major concern, as it means that certain individuals may be excluded from the benefits of membership based on their race, gender, or other factors. This goes against the very principles of justice and equality that the criminal justice field is supposed to uphold.
Furthermore, it is important to note that there are other organizations and societies that offer similar benefits without the potential for systemic bias. For example, the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) offers scholarships, networking opportunities, and recognition for academic achievements, but also places a strong emphasis on inclusivity and diversity.
In conclusion, while the benefits of joining Alpha Phi Sigma may seem appealing, it is important to consider the potential issues of systemic bias and social injustice that the society has demonstrated. Additionally, there are other organizations and societies that offer similar benefits without these concerns. As students, it is our responsibility to carefully consider the organizations we choose to join and ensure that they align with our values of justice and equality.
Still want to learn more a Alpha Phi Sigma? More good resources to look at include the Alpha Phi Sigma Inclusivity Report and Alpha Phi Sigma requirements and historical overview.
Want to learn about other honor societies? Visit our honor society overview.