Honors and Awards

Arlethia Kelley

winner of the 2018 Outstanding Student in Sociology Award

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Matthew Diaz

winner of the 2018 Paul Vouras Award

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Edita Diunov-Uster

winner of the 2018 Outstanding Student in Criminal Justice Award

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Honor societies

Sociology and criminal justice each have national honor societies which recognize the achievement of students who have generally performed well in courses within these fields. If you are eligible to join the criminal justice honors society (Alpha Phi Sigma) or the sociology honors society (Alpha Kappa Delta), our department will notify you by email in January or February. You can check eligibility requirements by clicking on the links for each society or on the links in the sidebar.

Induction into the honor societies occurs at the Department of Sociology Honor Society Banquet, which is generally held in mid-April at The Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson.  The banquet is a festive occasion for student inductees, their guests, department faculty and higher-level administrators -- typically the Dean of the College and the Provost of the University. The banquet also typically features a special guest speaker. 


Several awards are given at the Honors Society Banquet. The annual Paul P. Vouras Sociology Award is given to the sociology major with the highest GPA. Named after a former William Paterson professor emeritus of geography, this award is in the form of a practical, long-lasting gift.

Additional awards are given to sociology and CCJ majors who have demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement and who have contributed to the college community.