Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) was first organized in 1920 in the Sociology Department at the University of Southern California. In 1983, sociologists at American University founded our local Epsilon Chapter. Today, AKD includes 325 chapters in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Taiwan, and Canada. AKD seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology and the research of social problems.

To support young scholars, AKD sponsors award competitions for outstanding graduate and undergraduate papers and provides financial resources for students to present their work at sociology conferences. In addition, AKD publishes the academic journal, Sociological Inquiry. For more information, please visit the Official AKD website.

Each semester, our local chapter hosts a salon for members to discuss ideas related to their research interests. The Epsilon Chapter in the Department of Sociology at American University accepts applications for new memberships each year and holds an annual induction ceremony for new honors students in the spring. For information on these events, please contact our local AKD representatives.

Membership Eligibility

Undergraduates: Junior or higher standing, overall GPA of 3.0 in four (4) or more Sociology classes.

Graduates: Students must have completed one semester, with at least a 3.0 GPA.


For more information please feel free to contact one of the representatives:

Faculty Advisor: Andrea Brenner,

The membership form is provided below, as is the form to request travel assistance to a professional sociological meeting. The lifetime membership fee is $40.

AKD Membership Form

AKD Travel Assistance Application