Association of College Honor Societies


Alpha Kappa Delta


Admitted to ACHS: 1967

Founded at the University of Southern California, 1920

No of Active Chapters: 521

Total Membership: 133000

Annual/current Membership: 4300

Number of Regions: 10

Publications: Sociological Inquiry

PURPOSE: It shall be the purpose of this Society to promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

ELIGIBILITY: Undergraduate: Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution. Shall rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship. If class rank is not readily available to a chapter representative, in lieu of class rank, students shall have accumulated the equivalent of an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0. Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 grade point average in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation. Must have completed at least four courses in sociology (the equivalent of 12 semester hours) prior to initiation.

Graduates: For students classified as graduate students (those officially admitted to graduate study in sociology at the host institution), the following specific requirements must have been met prior to the time of initiation: completion of one half year of graduate study in sociology (i.e., one semester or two quarters or the equivalent academic unit) with a graduate GPA of B or better, and continued matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution.

Staff Members: For staff members of the host institution, formal conferral of the Ph.D. in sociology or employment as a sociologist are required prior to initiation, provided they meet the other requirements set forth above.


  • Each initiate receives a certificate of membership and a membership card which show evidence of membership
  • Members who submit completed activation forms receive a free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Active members have access to the AKD Newsletter, election materials, and other services
  • Sponsors undergraduate and graduate student paper competitions for members with cash prizes and travel money to participate in the American Sociological Association (ASA) annual meeting
  • Undergraduate students have the chance to participate in ASA Honors Program
  • First place winners are eligible to have their papers published in Sociological Inquiry
  • Provides funding for student travel to present at regional sociological meetings
  • Provides Chapter Representative travel to assist students presenting at regional sociological meetings
  • Provides a Speaker Initiation Grant to bring speakers to induction ceremonies
  • Provides funds for a research symposium or workshop
  • Sponsors a Distinguished Lecture series at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association
  • Contributes $20,000 annually to the American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program
  • Members may purchase honor cords to wear at graduation ceremonies, AKD pins, and other merchandise
  • Alpha Kappa Delta members who become Civil Service employees meet one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (an increase in pay grade) if they list AKD membership on their applications (providing they enter at the GS 5 level)
  • Sponsors a Workshop on Teaching and Learning each year at various regional meetings
  • Provides funding to individuals to attend
  • Membership is for a lifetime

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Bethany Titus, Executive Director, 2507 James Street, Suite 210, Syracuse, NY 13206

Tel: (315) 883-0528  Fax: (315) 410-5408

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 9/15/2018