Membership Requirements and Applications

Alpha Kappa Delta

National Membership Requirements

Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate sociology students who meet the following requirements:

  • Must have declared a sociology major, minor, concentration or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program at TWU.
  • Must be at least a junior, and must have ranked in the top 35 percent of class in general scholarship or accumulated an overall GPA of 3.3.
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).
  • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.

Students may pay a $50 fee for lifetime membership. Dues for existing lifetime members to be active with the Delta of Texas Chapter is $10 a semester or $20 an academic year.

National Membership Application (pdf)

  • Make checks payable to AKD
  • Turn in applications to AKD Faculty Advisors

Associate Membership Requirements

Any potential member who does not meet the requirements outlined under the national membership may join as an associate member.

Associate membership in this chapter is open to everyone that has an interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems and other social and intellectual activities that will lead to improvement in the human condition. Membership expands to students, non-students, community members, non-sociology faculty and staff who wish to participate in the organization; however, they may not vote or hold office.

The fee for associate membership is $10 a semester or $20 an academic year.

Associate Membership Application (pdf)

Mission and History

Founded in 1920 by Dr. Edward Bogardus at the University of Southern California, AKD takes its name from three Greek words, "anthropon" (humankind), "katamanthanein" (to investigate thoroughly), and "diakonesein" (for the purpose of service). AKD has over 430 chapters in the United States and several other countries, and publishes a well-respected professional journal Sociological Inquiry. This organization shall be a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or "to investigate humanity for the purpose of service." It shall be the purpose of this Society to promote an interest 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.

AKD History at TWU: Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, was established at TWU in 1936. The purpose as defined in the creation of the society is to investigate humanity for the purpose of service. The goal of AKD at TWU is to further academic excellence through student interaction. Activities of the chapter include projects within the University and assisting in the recruitment of students from other countries.

2021-2022 Executive Board

  • President, Sharon Henderson:
  • Vice President: Vacant
  • Secretary, Vanessa Ellison:
  • Treasurer: Vacant
  • Community Service Relations Liaison: Vacant

Faculty Advisors

Mailing Address

Alpha Kappa Delta, Delta of Texas Chapter
TWU Department of Social Sciences and Historical Studies
P.O. Box 425887
Denton, TX 76204

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