AKD Honor Society

AKD (Alpha Kappa Delta) Honor Society is an open, 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.

AKD was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. There are more than 97,000 lifetime members and 600 chapters of the society. The JHU chapter of AKD began in spring 2006. The chapter welcomed eleven initiates that year: two faculty members, two graduate students, and seven undergraduates.


Initiates receive a chapter pin, a certificate of membership, and a membership activation form. Members who submit completed activation forms receive a one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry (the official journal of the society), the Alpha Kappa Delta newsletter, election materials, and other services. AKD members wear AKD honor cords at graduation ceremonies.

In addition, the society is proud to do the following:

  • Sponsor student paper contests
  • Provide honoraria for initiation speakers
  • Provide funds for student travel to regional sociological meetings
  • Fund research symposia
  • Sponsor a distinguished lecture series at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA)
  • Contribute annually to the ASA Minority Scholarship Fund

AKD chapters are important in the academic, professional, and social lives of student and faculty members. They provide opportunities for initiating and sharing activities in keeping with the purposes of the society. Our local chapter affords the opportunity for faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students to interact informally and to plan together events to enrich the intellectual and social life of the department.


To be eligible for membership, majors must have:

  • At least junior year standing
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0
  • A sociology GPA of at least 3.5
  • Taken at least four courses in sociology

Election to Alpha Kappa Delta is without regard to race, creed, or national origin.

To apply or for more information, contact the AKD faculty chapter representative Katrina McDonald at mcdon@jhu.edu.