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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)



The Department of Sociology supports a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the international sociology honors society.  Its motto is “To investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”


AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”


AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.


AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.

Membership Eligibility

The status of Life Member is conferred upon those persons who have been approved for membership by a Chartered Chapter of this society and who have paid the initiation fee for membership.

Membership Fee:  $40.00

The status of Voting member is conferred upon those Life Members who maintain a current subscription to Sociological Inquiry, official journal of the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta.

Eligibility for membership is determined by the respective Chapter according to criteria that meet or exceed the following minimum requirements:


  • 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.
  • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation at the host institution (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

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.

Students:  Please note that membership can only be obtained through a chapter.  Contact Dr. Lee Williams for more information.


AKD Invitations Issued       Friday, September 14, 2012
AKD Invitation Responses Due Friday, October 5, 2012
AKD Initiation Ceremony Friday, October 26, 2012
Chapter Elections Due Friday, November 10, 2012
Student Paper Competition Deadline Friday, March 1, 2013

 Lee Williams, Ph.D.
AKD Advisor
Centennial Hall, 337




Lee L. Williams, Ph.D.
Centennial Hall 337
295 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA  16444
Phone:  814-732-1189

Department Office:

Centennial Hall 322
295 Meadville Street
Edinboro, PA  16444
Phone:  814-732-2573
Fax:  814-732-2865