Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)


Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the international honor society for sociologists.

The Society was founded in 1920 by University of Southern California sociologist Emory Bogardus to encourage the scientific study of society as a tool for social progress. Since its inception, the aim of Alpha Kappa Delta has been to stimulate scholarship while focusing on the fellowship for students, both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. The mission of AKD, a is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the knowledge, critical thinking, research, and communication skills necessary to explore, understand, and improve their social worlds. What we envision for the Gamma chapter is a student honor  society  whereby we combine the AKD values of “to study” and “to serve” so that we practice our scholarship and become involved as much as possible through public service, and to encourage contributions and participation in not only our community, but in diverse communities as well.  The Gamma chapter hosts informal social gatherings for students interested in applying. Watch for our announcements.



As stated in the Constitution of the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta, each candidate for membership in a chapter must be an officially declared Sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in Sociology; must be at least a junior (third year); must have taken at least a 12 hours of Sociology courses; must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 (on a four-point scale); must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.2 G.P.A. in Sociology courses taken at the host institution (i.e., University of Miami) prior to initiation, and must rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship.
Election to Alpha Kappa Delta shall be without regard to race, creed, or national origin. Each initiate shall pay an initiation fee of $50.00 to the Chapter to be forwarded to the AKD National Office, which entitles the initiate to a lifetime membership in AKD, a membership certificate, and a one-year subscription to the journal Sociological Inquiry (renewable at the member's option, at $50.00 per year).


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 G.P.A. of B or better, and continued matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution.

New Member Form:

For more information and to locate the membership form, please see the following link:  Membership Form