Sociology Honor Society

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About AKD

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society.  AKD was founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1967. AKD is also affiliated with the American Sociological Association (ASA).

The purpose of Alpha Kappa Delta is to seek to acknowledge and promote excellence in the 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.

Alpha Kappa Delta is 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."

Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from active chapters who meet our minimum standards. Currently, there are more than 120,000 members in Alpha Kappa Delta and over 660 chapters.

There is a governing body of elected sociologists who are Alpha Kappa Delta members and who serve as our Council Members and Regional Representatives. There is also a central Executive Office located in Syracuse, NY where an Executive Director, Finance Officer, and several student employees are employed.

Alpha Kappa Delta has a quarterly journal, Sociological Inquiry, which is currently published by Wiley-Blackwell. Sociological Inquiry is committed to the exploration of the human condition in all of its social and cultural complexity.  New members receive one free year of Sociological Inquiry provided they turn in an activation form. All members who renew their memberships receive a year of the journal. Sociological Inquiry is available in both print and online.


  • Must demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of a chartered chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Be at least a junior
  • Rank in the top 35% of their class, or an overall GPA of 3.3
  • Have a sociology GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have taken at least four courses in sociology at the host institution

Sociology majors at Fredonia who have met these requirements have been recommended to join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society; Alpha Iota of New York (Fredonia Chapter).  If you are interested in becoming a member of Alpha Kappa Delta, please contact a sociology faculty members.

For further information, please see the following:

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AKD Initiation Ceremony 2018

AKD 2018 Initiation Ceremony


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