Criminology Association at the University of West Georgia

The Department of Criminology at the University of West Georgia hosts the Criminology Association as a way to help students get more involved in criminology and the greater community. The association works to provide opportunities to attend and organize lectures from those employed in the field of criminology, learn about research projects by criminology faculty and help its members explore new areas of interest in the discipline. The Association is open to all criminology majors and minors at both the undergraduate and graduate level. There are no dues required for membership. For more information, please contact Dr. Anthony Vito, at avito@westga.edu

Criminology Honor Society

The Department of Criminology is home to Chi Omega Phi, the local chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Alpha Phi Sigma was begun in 1941 to recognized scholarly achievement among criminology and criminal justice students within American universities and colleges. Membership in Alpha Phi Sigma is limited to criminology majors and minors. Undergraduates must have completed a minimum of three semesters of coursework, twelve semester hours of criminology courses, and obtained an overall grade point average of 3.2 and a criminology grade point average of 3.2. In addition, to be eligible for membership a student must rank in the top 35% of his or her class. Graduate students must have completed a minimum of twelve hours of criminology coursework and obtained an overall grade point average of 3.4 and a criminology grade point average of 3.4. Nominations to the society occur twice per academic year. The chapter advisor reviews the academic record of each prospective candidate and notifies those nominated by letter. All of the candidates must be recommended by the Chapter Advisor and be of high moral character. For more information please contact Professor Kelley Christopher at kchristo@westga.edu

Professional Organizations

There are a multitude of state, regional, and national level professional organizations within the field of Criminology, many of which have conferences where University of West Georgia faculty give presentations and submit research projects that they themselves are working on.  If you are interested in presenting your own research or would like more information, contact any of the professors in the Criminology department.  Below are links to several of the Criminology professional organizations.

American Society of Criminology

Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Southern Criminal Justice Association

Justice Studies Association