Honorary and Social Organizations

Honorary Organizations

Lambda Alpha (Anthropology)

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Lambda Alpha is the national honors organization for anthropology.  The name “Lambda Alpha” derives from the initial letters of the Greek words “Logos anthropou,” meaning “the study of man.” The society was originally founded at Wichita State University in 1968 with the purpose of encouraging and stimulating scholarship and research in anthropology.  As an honor society, Lambda Alpha serves to recognize superiority, providing incentive for exceptional performance by granting certificates of accomplishment.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Maintain the equivalent of a 2.5 overall GPA
  • Major, minor, or show an interest in the academic discipline of anthropology
  • Complete at least 12 credit hours in anthropology
  • Maintain the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in anthropology courses

If you have any questions or interest, please contact Lambda Alpha advisor Dr. Eric Bowne (ebowne@uca.edu 501.450.5824).

Alpha Phi Sigma (Criminology)

alpha-phi-sigmaAlpha Phi Sigma is the national criminal justice honor society.  In 1941, Dr. Vivian Anderson Leonard developed a four-year curriculum at Washington State University which would lead to a bachelor’s degree in police administration.  In 1942, Dr. Leonard met with seventeen police science majors at Washington State and Alpha Phi Sigma was established.  The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, leadership, and unity.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

  • Maintain the equivalent of a 3.3 overall GPA
  • Complete three full semesters of courses
  • Major, minor, or show an interest in the academic discipline of criminology
  • Complete at least four regular courses in criminology
  • Maintain the equivalent of a 3.2 GPA in criminology courses

If you have any questions or interest, please contact Alpha Phi Sigma advisor Dr. Sherry Skaggs (sskaggs@uca.edu, (501) 450-5587)

Alpha Kappa Delta (Sociology)

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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the international sociology honor society.  AKD was founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with The Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1967.  AKD is also affiliated with the American Sociological Association (ASA).  The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

    • Maintain the equivalent of a 3.3 overall GPA
    • Major, minor, or show an interest in the academic discipline of sociology
  • Complete at least four regular courses in sociology
  • Maintain the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses

If you have any questions or interest, please contact Alpha Kappa Delta advisor Dr. Douglas George (dougg@uca.edu, (501) 450-5583)

 

Social Organizations

Sociology Club

HPIM0288The University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology is proud to sponsor the undergraduate Sociology Club. This is a Recognized Student Organization (RSO) that seeks to provide sociology majors and minors an opportunity to mature academically and professionally in an informal setting; in addition, the group appeals to students of other disciplines to promote social growth and plentiful student relationships. While this organization has faculty representatives, it is governed and managed by students. All members are contacted through various platforms prior to any meeting or event. For additional information, please contact sociology Faculty Advisor Dr. Matt Moore (mdmoore@uca.edu).

Society of Criminology Students

The Society of Criminology Students at UCA is a social and service society helping criminology students to engage with each other and with the community. Each fall, the society works with the policing course to collect teddy bears for the annual Share-A-Bear Drive. Students are also looking forward to collecting supplies for the annual CAPCA Deck the Box competition this Christmas. Qualifying students also participate in the Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society and the new Order of the Sword & Shield Security Based Honor Society. Interested students should contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Skaggs (sskaggs@uca.edu). The society is planning zoom meetings this semester, and will hopefully still be able to safely conduct their service event.

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The University of Central Arkansas’s Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology is proud to sponsor the undergraduate Anthropology Club.  As a Recognized Student Organization (RSO), Anthropology Club provides students interested in anthropology, the study of humans through time and space, an opportunity to apply such interest locally.  Anthropology Club members engage in volunteer work, host film nights and group celebrations, visit interesting historical and archaeological sites, and participate in anthropological field trips. Students may request to join the club through Cub Connect, after which you will begin receiving emails about meetings and important events.  For additional information, please contact Faculty Advisor Dr. Eric Bowne (ebowne@uca.edu).