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Sociology Honor Society and Club Activities

The Department of Sociology and Geography offers students the opportunity to join the Sociology and Criminology Club and/or become a member of Alpha Kappa Delta. Alpha Kappa Delta, sociology’s international honor society, has an active chapter on Shepherd’s campus and from time to time sponsors workshops, seminars, and colloquia.

Sociology and Criminology Club

The Sociology and Criminology Club at Shepherd University encourages community consciousness. Our mission is to encourage the pursuit of excellence in sociology within the Shepherd Community. As an organization, we strive to develop and refine the sociological skills of club members. The club provides to students the opportunity to pursue sociological interests. Our meetings serve as a forum for examining and discussing current sociological techniques and studies. The club has increased and promoted faculty-student interaction through relevant workshops, conferences, and community action.

The purpose of the club is to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to learning about human diversity. We are an action-oriented organization dedicated to the ideals of service and scholarship. The club has increased student involvement on Shepherd’s campus and in surrounding communities through service projects. We continually strive to serve local and international communities and to better understand the social forces shaping them.

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) Honor Society

From left to right: Cortney Stinson, Brianna Shuman, Ann Perez, Rebecca Knight, Lisa Carden-Watson, Katelyn Lott, and Aaron Obitts

From left to right: Cortney Stinson, Brianna Shuman, Ann Perez, Rebecca Knight, Lisa Carden-Watson, Katelyn Lott, and Aaron Obitts

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is an international honor society in sociology for high-achieving undergraduate students (must be at least a junior), graduate students, and faculty. Shepherd’s AKD Chapter, Delta was formed in 1985. Alpha Kappa Delta represents the first three letters of three Greek words: anthropon (mankind), katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research) and diakonesein (for the purpose of service).

The purpose of AKD is 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 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.

Membership in the Delta Chapter of AKD is on a lifetime basis and is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet requirements based on academic achievement, professional interest in sociology, and affiliation with a recognized host institution. If you are interested in joining Sociology/AKD or would like more information, please send an e-mail to chowardb@shepherd.edu or call (304) 876-5241.  Join the Sociology and Criminology Club using RAMPulse.