About Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the International Sociology Honor Society. AKD was founded in 1920 at the University of Southern California by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) in 1967. Alpha Kappa Delta is also affiliated with the American Sociological Association (ASA).


Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in the scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.

Alpha Kappa Delta is a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Anthropon Katamanthanein Diakonesein or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”


Membership is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members from active chapters who meet our minimum standards. Currently, there are more than 152,000 members in Alpha Kappa Delta and over 700 chapters.

There is a governing body of elected sociologists who are Alpha Kappa Delta members and who serve as our Council Members and Regional Representatives. There is also a central Executive Office located in Syracuse, NY where an Executive Director and Finance Officer are employed.


Alpha Kappa Delta has a quarterly journal, Sociological Inquiry, which is currently published by Wiley. Sociological Inquiry is committed to the exploration of the human condition in all of its social and cultural complexity. It is designed to implement the scientific aims of Alpha Kappa Delta by communicating and reviewing developments of sociological interest in the service of faculty, investigators, and students alike. We are particularly interested in well-written papers that challenge us to look anew at traditional areas or identify novel areas for us to investigate. Both theoretical and empirical work is welcome, as are the varied research methods in the study of social and cultural life.

New members receive one free year of online access to Sociological Inquiry. All members who renew their memberships receive a year of the journal.