"Taste classifies, and it classifies the classifier."
– Pierre Bourdieu
How to join (Application):
Fill out an AKD Membership Application PDF and return it to the Sociology Department (Santa Susana 321). Along with the application attach a one time initiation fee of $50 (and an optional $10 for the Honor Cord). Check or Money Order should be made payable to: Alpha Kappa Delta. Please place both the application and the check or money order inside a sealed envelope and write “AKD” on the envelope. Once you become a member, you are a member for life. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis from June 1, 2013 until March 1, 2014.
- Sociology Major
- 3.3 overall GPA or higher (transfer + CSUN) and 3.0 GPA or higher within major
- Must be a Junior or Senior
- At least four courses completed in the major
- In the Sociology Masters program
- Completion of half year graduate study with a 3.0 GPA average or better
Benefits of AKD Membership:
Join the Sociology Honor Society and enhance your resume, Graduate school applications, Curriculum Vitae, develop leadership skills, and meet new people. Members receive a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry (the official journal of Alpha Kappa Delta) and can apply for student conference travel assistance. Members are notified of opportunities such as paper competitions, events, jobs, volunteer/internship opportunities, and are invited to our annual induction ceremony.
AKD members are also eligible to purchase AKD merchandise such as t-shirts, pins, sweatshirts, and honor cords to wear at their graduation ceremony. To order mechandise, fill out a merchandise order form (PDF) and return it to the Sociology Department (Santa Susana 321) in a sealed envelope and write “AKD” on the envelope. Check or Money Order should be made payable to: Alpha Kappa Delta.
Alpha Kappa Delta FAQ's
What is AKD?
The Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society was founded in 1920 by University of Southern California sociologist Dr. Emory S. Bogardus for the purposes of stimulating scholarship and promoting the scientific study of society. Today there are more than 450 AKD chapters at colleges and universities around the world. You can find the main website for AKD at: www.alphakappadelta.org
What are the Benefits of becoming a member of AKD?
- You will receive a certificate from the Alpha Kappa Delta International Honor Society at our annual induction ceremony in May. Additionally you will receive a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry.
- You can indicate on your resume that you are a member of an honor society.
- You will have the opportunity to be part of a CSUN recognized student organization that participates in various academic and social events.
- You have the opportunity to meet, socialize, and plan events with other sociology majors
- You are eligible to compete in undergraduate and graduate student paper competitions
When are applications due?
Applications are accepted during the Fall and Spring semesters. The due dates will be announced to all students.
How much does it cost to become a member?
There is a one-time initiation fee of $50 required for membership. Once you join AKD you become a lifetime member. Some students also choose to purchase an Honor Cord for $10 to be worn at graduation.
When will I find out if I am approved for membership?
You will be contacted by the AKD Faculty Advisor (Dr. Lauren McDonald), within two weeks of turning in your application.
When will I receive my AKD certificate?
You will receive your certificate at the AKD induction ceremony, held each year in May, usually during the week of graduation. You will receive an official invitation to the ceremony approximately 3-4 weeks in advance. At the induction ceremony we also handout honor cords (if ordered by members).
How can I find out about AKD meetings and events?
Once you become a member of AKD you will be put on the official e-mail list. You will receive periodic e-mails about meetings and events and they may also be posted on this CSUN AKD website under the "Events" Tab.
What if I can't make it to AKD Meetings and Events?
If you are unable to make it to AKD meetings or events, it will have no affect your membership. We would like to have as much student involvement as possible however we realize that meetings and events may conflict with your scheduled classes or work obligations.