Become a Member

Membership in Alpha Kappa Delta is open to current students who are majoring or minoring in sociology or a program sociological in nature, and attend an institution with an active chapter.

The lifetime membership fee is $50. There are no annual Society dues, but there may be local chapter dues. Please contact the chapter representative at your chapter for more information.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Undergraduate Students

  • Be enrolled as a major or minor in a sociology program or a program sociological in nature
  • Be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution
  • Rank in the top 35% of their graduating 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
  • Have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation
  • Have completed at least four courses (the equivalent of 12 semester hours) in sociology prior to initiation

Graduate Students

  • Be officially admitted to graduate study in sociology at the host institution
  • Completed one-half year of graduate study in sociology (i.e., one semester or two quarters or the equivalent academic unit)
  • Graduate GPA of a B or better
  • Continue matriculation in a program of study leading toward a graduate degree in sociology at the host institution

Faculty & Professional Staff

  • Formal conferral of the PhD in sociology or employment as a sociologist are required prior to initiation

Do you meet those requirements?

If so, that’s great! Here are some helpful tips on the next steps of becoming a member.

  • A lifetime membership is $50 and there is no obligation to renew your membership.
  • You must join through your chapter. We do not accept individual memberships from students.
  • Contact your chapter representative to check when he/she will be sending out an announcement to join AKD.
    • If you think your chapter may not send out official announcements about membership, fill out our generic membership application and give it to your chapter representative to let him/her know you are interested in joining
      Please note: Make sure the chapter representative approves your membership before writing a check for your membership and handing it over.
  • When will you become an official member? You are officially a member of Alpha Kappa Delta when our Executive Office receives your membership payment and required forms from the chapter. The Executive Office puts you in the system as a member and will order you a membership certificate (certificates are sent to your chapter representative and take about 2-4 weeks to arrive from the time we receive the order).
  • What about an official induction ceremony? Most chapters have some kind of induction ceremony; however, each chapter is different and AKD does not require an induction ceremony be held in order for students to be official members.