Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), International Sociology Honor Society

AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, 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.” 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.

In 1920, University of Southern California sociologist Dr. Emory S. Bogardus founded Alpha Kappa Delta for the purposes of stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society.  Bogardus’ impetus in establishing this organization was to provide a forum for student and faculty interchange.  His endeavor paved the way for what has become an international organization dedicated to promoting, facilitating, and recognizing academic scholarship.  Alpha Kappa Delta is an integral part of many Sociology programs and is proud to acknowledge that in the past eight decades, over 80,000 scholars have been initiated into the Society.  More than 490 chapters have been chartered in the United States, Canada, China, Finland, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Singapore.  

ΑΚD International Sociology Honor Society

ΑΚD at Sonoma State University 

Sociology students with outstanding academic records in the study of sociology may apply for membership. Applications will be accepted once a year in the Spring semester. Also, please join us to celebrate the academic achievements of the new AKD initiates. Our induction ceremony, where new AKD initiates will be presented with a membership certificate and honor cord, happens in Spring semester. Family, friends, and fellow students are welcome to attend this event.