Parent Organization: The Leadership Council for the College of Humanities and Sciences

Alpha Kappa Delta is an international Sociology honor society which seeks to promote scholarship and fellowship among undergraduate and graduate sociology students.


To become a member:


  1. Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of VCU.
  2. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of VCU.
  3. Shall rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship. If class rank is not readily available to a chapter representative, in lieu of class rank, students shall have accumulated the equivalent of an overall grade point average of at least 3.3 by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0.
  4. Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at VCU prior to initiation.
  5. Must have completed at least 12 credit hours in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).



For students classified as graduate students (those officially admitted to graduate study in sociology at VCU), the following specific requirements must have been met prior to the time of initiation: completion of one half year of graduate study in sociology (i.e., one semester or two quarters or the equivalent academic unit) with a graduate GPA of B or better, and continued matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at VCU.


Staff Members:

For staff members of VCU, formal conferral of the Ph.D. in sociology or employment as a sociologist are required prior to initiation, provided they meet the other requirements set forth above.

Members can attend regional society meetings with the opportunity to share their scholarly work with other members. Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors paper contests with a variety of prizes, including scholarships. AKD inducts 4,000 members annually. 

(Content for this description was retrieved from the AKD website:  http://sites.google.com/site/alphakappadeltainternational/)

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