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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.
Why become a member of AKD?
AKD provides a variety of services to its members. Members receive a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of the Society. The Society sponsors student paper contests, provides funds for student travel to regional sociological meetings, funds research symposia, and contributes annually to the ASA Minority Scholarship Fund. Members may purchase honor cords for graduation ceremonies, AKD jewelry, and other memorabilia.
How to become a member 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; and have taken at least four courses in sociology.
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.