Alpha Kappa Delta Spring 2015 Initiation 
(left to right) Elizabeth Williams, Allyson R. Westfield, Travis Madigan, Kaonou Katee Vue

Alpha Kappa Delta - Omicron of MN

Alpha Kappa Delta
 is an International Sociology Honor Society representing social research for the purpose of service. The chapter recognizes and promotes excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems and other activities that will lead to improve the human condition.

In the chapter's name Alpha stands for anthropos, meaning mankind. 
Kappa is katamanthano, meaning to examine closely or acquire knowledge. Lastly, 
Delta stands for diakoneo, meaning to do service


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The Winona State University Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) invites applications for new members.  To meet the membership requirements, you must:

  • Be at least a junior (have earned 60 credits),
  • Have an overall GPA of at least 3.3,
  • Have a sociology GPA of at least 3.0, and
  • Have taken at least four courses in sociology (12 credits) or demonstrated a serious interest in sociology

The $50 lifetime membership fee will be paid for by the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Geography, along with the cost of honor cords to wear at graduation.  

Applications are due by Monday, March 15, 2021 to Dr. Civettini (ncivettini@winona.edu).

Order forms for additional merchandise are available at the Alpha Kappa Delta website.


Alpha Kappa Delta Society was founded in 1920 in the Sociology Department of the University of Southern California by Dr. E. S. Bogardus. The name, freely interpreted, signifies social research for the purpose of service. There are more than 640 chapters of the Society and more than 110,000 lifetime members.

Applications (PDF) can be turned in to Dr. Osgood.

Students may apply for AKD membership in the fall or spring of each year. However, the formal initiation ceremony will only be held in the spring.

Order forms for additional merchandise are available at the Alpha Kappa Delta website.

 Benefits of membership include:

  • certificate of membership
  • free one-year subscription of Sociological Inquiry
  • AKD sponsors student paper contests with cash prizes
  • AKD provides honoraria for initiation speakers, funds for student travel to regional sociological meetings, and funds research symposia
  • access to purchase honor cords for graduation, AKD pins
  • AKD members who become Civil Service employees are eligible to receive a two-step boost in pay grade if they list AKD membership on their applications

Undergraduate students must be a sociology major, minor, or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology at WSU. Students must:

  • be at least a junior
  • have an overall GPA of 3.3 or above
  • have a sociology GPA of 3.0 or above
  • have taken at least four sociology courses from WSU