Alpha Kappa Delta


Admitted to ACHS: 1967

Founded at the University of Southern California, 1920

No of Active Chapters: 632

Total Membership: 106500

Annual/current Membership: 4500

Number of Regions: 10

Publications: Sociological Inquiry AKD Newsletter

PURPOSE: The name implies social research for the purpose of service. It is a non-secret, democratic, international, sociology honor society.

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 regular courses in sociology at the host institution prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

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.

Barring unusual circumstances, graduate students are eligible for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta. Election to Alpha Kappa Delta shall be without regard to race, creed, or national origin.


  • Every new initiate receives a certificate of membership, membership card, and a membership activation form.
  • Members who submit completed activation forms receive a free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of AKD.
  • Members have access to the AKD Newsletter, election materials, and other services on our website.
  • AKD sponsors student paper contests for members with cash prizes and travel money to participate in the American Sociological Association Honors Program.
  • AKD provides honoraria for initiation speakers, funds student and chapter representative travel to regional sociological meetings, and funds research symposia.
  • AKD sponsors a Distinguished Lecture series at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, and contributes annually to the ASA Minority Scholarship Fund.
  • Members may purchase honor cords for graduation ceremonies, AKD pins, and other memorabilia.
  • AKD Chapters are important in the academic, professional, and social lives of student and faculty members. They provide opportunities for initiating and sharing activities in keeping with the purposes of the Society.
  • AKD 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).

OFFICIAL CONTACT: Bethany Titus, Executive Director, LeMoyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, NY 13214-1399

Tel: (315) 445-5452  Fax: (315) 445-6029

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Chapter List

Updated: 7/26/2012