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Alpha Kappa Delta


What is AKD?

AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, a democratic, international honor society of scholars dedicated 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 activity as will lead to improvement of the human condition.

AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967.


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 a distinguished lecture series at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association, and contributes annually to the ASA Minority Scholarship Fund.

AKD Chapters are important in the academic, professional, and social lives of student and faculty members. They provide opportunities for initiating and sharing activities in keeping with the purposes of the Society.