Association of College Honor Societies


Sigma Tau Delta


Admitted to ACHS: 1972

Founded at Dakota Wesleyan University, 1924

No of Active Chapters: 893

No of Alumni Chapters/Clubs: 1

Annual/current Membership: 9000

Number of Regions: 6

Publications: The Rectangle, The Sigma Tau Delta Review

PURPOSE: To confer distinction for high achievement in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies in English language, literature, and writing; to provide cultural stimulation on college campuses; and to serve society by fostering literacy.

ELIGIBILITY: Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college work and a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. They must also have a minimum of a B or equivalent grade point average in English, and rank at least in the highest 35 percent of their class in general scholarship. Candidates for graduate membership must be enrolled in a graduate program in English, or one of its specializations, have completed six semester hours of graduate work or the equivalent, and have a minimum grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale.

MAJOR ACTIVITIES: Publication of The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle (an annual literary journal of non-fiction, fiction, and poetry) and The Sigma Tau Delta Review (an annual journal of critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition, and essays devoted to pedagogical issues); awarding of writing awards of up to $500 (creative writing, poetry, critical writing, short story); holding an annual international convention and several regional conferences; providing annual scholarships and awards of up to $5,000 each and Outstanding Chapter Awards of up to $500 each; allocating chapter project grants of up to $500 each.

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Dr. William C. Johnson, Executive Director, Department of English, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115-2863

Tel: (815) 981-9974  Fax: (815) 517-0154

Email: [email protected]  

Updated: 10/24/2016