Anthropology & Sociology

West Chester University

Alpha Kappa Delta

International Sociology Honor Society

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology has a local chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society.

AKD is dedicated to encouraging and stimulating scholarship while promoting the scientific study and advancement of sociology. Membership is an earned honor limited to undergraduate and graduate students in sociology who have maintained a record of high academic achievement (and it is a great addition to resumes and applications for graduate school).

Alpha Kappa Delta Society was founded in 1920 in the Sociology Department of the University of Southern California by Dr. E.S. Bogardus. The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, represents the first three letters of three Greek words: anthropon (humankind), katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research) and diakonesein (for the purpose of service). The name, freely interpreted, signifies social research for the purpose of service. There are more than 600 chapters of the Society and more than 97,000 lifetime members. We hope to include you among the members. Download more information about the Society and benefits of membership here.

On West Chester University's campus, AKD is a newly re-established chapter as of 2011. The chapter works closely with the department's Sociology Club to plan academic and social events. In the past, members have attended academic conferences throughout the Northeast, visited museums in Philadelphia and elsewhere, and participated in sociological panel discussions across southeastern Pennsylvania.

Membership eligibility

To become a member of AKD, you must meet the following criteria.

  • Have at least junior standing
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Have a GPA of at least 3.0 in sociology courses
  • Have taken at least four courses in sociology at WCU​ (Courses in which the student is currently enrolled count toward the number, but transferred courses do not count. In addition, eligible classes must be taken for a grade; classes taken pass/fail do not count.)

The membership fee is $40.00. This one-time fee provides you with lifetime membership*, a membership certificate, a membership card, and one free year of Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of the Society. When you are inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta, you are eligible to wear the Society’s honor cord, lapel pin, and other paraphernalia.

To apply, submit your completed membership application and $40 membership fee to the chapter president or faculty adviser.

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* Although AKD membership is for life, those who wish to maintain voting eligibility must renew yearly.