Alpha Kappa Delta derives its name from the Greek words, anthropon (humankind),
Katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly), and diakaonesein (for
the purpose of service). When this phrase is translated freely,
it expresses both the goal and method of Alpha Kappa Delta:
"To study humankind for the purpose of service."
The purpose of AKD is to promote human welfare through the association of a
fellowship group interested in developing scientific knowledge that
may be applied to the solution of practical problems.
What is AKD?
AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, A non-secret, Democratic, international
Society of Scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamanthanein
Diakonesein 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
of the human condition.
AKD was founded as the University of Southern California in 1920
and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies
Who are the members of AKD?
More than 50,000life time members are affiliated with more than
500 chapters of the Society. These are persons with records showing
excellence in sociology
Why become a member of AKD?
AKD provides a variety of services to its members. Every initiate
receives an AKD handbook, a certificate of membership, and a membership
activation form. Members who submit completed activation forms receive
a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal
of the Society, the Alpha Kappa Delta Newsletter, election materials,
and other services. In addition, the society sponsors student paper
contests, provides honoraria for initiation speakers, provides funds
for student travel to regional sociological meetings, funds research
symposia, sponsors distinguished lecture series at the annual meeting
of American Sociological Association, and contributes annually to
the AMA Minority Scholarship Fund. Members may purchase honor cords
for graduation ceremonies, AKD jewelry, and other memorabilia.
AKD chapters are important in the academic, professional, and social lives of students
and faculty members. The provide opportunities for initiating and sharing activities
in keeping with the purposes of the society.
Civil service employees receive a two-step boost in pay grade if
they list AKD membership on their applications.
How does one become a member
Minimum requirements apply to all chapters of AKD. Undergraduates
must be sociology majors or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology
within an official program of a host institution with a chartered
chapter of the Society; must be at least a junior; have an overall
GPA of at least 3.0; have a sociology GPA of at least 3.0; have
taken at least four courses in sociology. Chapters may apply additional
Graduate students must have an overall GPA of at least 3.0; have
a sociology GPA of at least 3.0; and have completed at least one
semester of graduate work in sociology. Faculty members may be initiated
Election to Alpha Kappa Delta is without regard to race, creed,
or national origin.
Potential members should contact a faculty member serving as an
AKD chapter representative. Chapter representatives are responsible
for determining eligibility. Contact the AKD Office if your chapter
is inactive or you cannot reach a Chapter Representative.
Alpha Kappa Delta is an international honor society that began
at the university of Southern California under the suggestion
of Emory S Borgardus in 1920. In 1922, The second chapter of Alpha
Kappa Delta was founded at the University of Wisconsin. Presently,
Alpha Kappa Delta has thousands of members in over 400 chapters
throughout the world and is proud to be a member of ACHS, the
national council of honors societies.
We are proud to promote the values of Alpha Kappa Delta in the
pursuit of improving mankind through the scientific study of society.
Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta lasts a lifetime and includes
a one-year subscription to the scientific journal Sociological
Inquiry to help aid our drive towards scientific services to human
Taken from the Alpha Kappa Delta handbook, " We believe
that social, like physical and biological occurances, are natural
phenomena; that in al the universe flux and change, there is a
sufficient degree of relatively stable and repetitive uniformity
to make useful provision and prediction possible within carefully
delimited frames or reference." In short, we believe that
human choice, intelligence, and effort are susceptible to some
as yet undetermined degree of rational organization and control.
We believe that humankind, personality and society, can achieve
rational, integrated, creative, and democratic social relationships.
(AKD handbook 2000-2001)
President: Kaitlyn Rayman
Vice President/Treasurer: Christopher Bryant
Secretary: Keely Cramer
|Department of Sociology & Geography
||Department of Social Work
|Dr. Ann Legreid (Dean)
||Dr. Douglas Horner
|Dr. Momodou Darboe (Chair)
||Dr. Geri Crawley-Woods
|Dr. Charles A. Hulse
||Prof. Karen Green
|Dr. Roland Bergman
|Dr. Amy DeWitt (Sociology Club Advisor)
|Prof. Tom Patterson (AKD Advisor)
|We honor the memory of Master Instructor, Professor Emeritus Dr. Virgil James (V.J.) Brown.
|Sociology Student of the Year
|Criminal Justice Student of the Year
|Alpha Kappa Delta Student of the Year