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Security Studies Adds ‘Sword and Shield’ Chapter

April 08, 2015

Angelo State University’s Center for Security Studies (CSS) and its academic component, the Department of Security Studies and Criminal Justice, have been approved to form a chapter of the Order of the Sword and Shield National Honor Society.

The Order of the Sword and Shield is the first and only academic and professional honor society dedicated exclusively to homeland security, intelligence, emergency management and all protective security disciplines. The ASU chapter is just the 26th Official Academic Chapter in the U.S. and the third in Texas. 

Criteria for students to be inducted include: 

  • Undergraduates – 3.25 overall GPA
  • Graduate Students – 3.5 overall graduate GPA
  • All Students – Completion of at least half the total credit hours required for their degree plan, including half the credit hours needed for the disciplines that comprise the honor society
  • Submission of supporting information, documents, references and appropriate fees 

Dr. Casey JonesDr. Casey Jones“Membership in the Order of the Sword and Shield provides several appealing benefits for our students and alumni,” said Dr. Casey Jones, CSS director. “Foremost is the prestige that is associated with joining a college honor society.  Membership contributes to students’ résumés, and they will have the opportunity to network with other students who share similar interests or goals, as well as alumni who are already present in the workforce. Benefits for our alumni can come in the form of internship opportunities and fast-track applications into security discipline fields.” 

Dr. Manuel ZamoraDr. Manuel ZamoraASU’s efforts to form a chapter were spearheaded by CSS faculty Eduardo Martinez and Dr. Manuel Zamora. According to Zamora, by forming a chapter, ASU will be recognized as an industry benchmark for educating academically superior students and as a provider of superior academic programs. Also, chapter status positions ASU as a lead voice in the security studies field and is evidence that ASU is encouraging learning and providing incentives for students to pursue continued education. 

More details on the Order of the Sword and Shield are available at

The only other Texas schools with chapters are Sam Houston State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. 

For more information on the ASU chapter, contact Zamora at