Senior Year Honors

The senior year Honors Program affords highly motivated and qualified students the opportunity to pursue, with faculty guidance, a research project of their own design. The Honors Program culminates in an honors thesis; a substantial work of original scholarship. Prerequisites and requirements for the program are as follows:

  • All the requirements of a traditional major in sociology
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA in all sociology core curriculum courses
  • Declaration of intention to enroll in Senior Honors Program to faculty advisor by the end of the junior year. Those graduating earlier must declare earlier.
  • At least two 300-level courses in sociology by the end of the junior year.
  • Complete Sociology Honors Thesis Application by the first week of April. Students must email their completed Honors application (signed by their faculty advisor) to sociology@jhu.edu
  • Enrollment in the year-long 230.501/502 Senior Honors Program and one semester of 230.379 Undergraduate Research Seminar.
  • Completion and faculty approval of honors thesis.

For more information on the Senior Honors Program, contact your academic advisor.

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.


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

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


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.