Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta

AKD Sociology Honor Society

Welcome to the AKD at Lamar University. The AKD, stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, is a non-secret, democratic, international honor society of sociology scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin; or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The purpose of the AKD is 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 in the human condition. Student scholarship in Alpha Kappa Delta is recognized in several ways. The Society sponsors student travel to regional meetings, supporting those who want to present their own work and learn from the scholarly presentations of others. The Society sponsors annual student paper contests, presenting awards which include monetary prizes, travel support, and scholarships. In addition, by funding research symposia and honoraria for guest speakers, the Society supports chapter activities which further education. The Society continues to recognize scholarly excellence in Sociology by inducting approximately 4,000 lifetime members each year.

The Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), International Sociology Honor Society was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 by Dr. Emory S. Bogardus and became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. The AKD stands for Alpha Kappa Delta, a non-secret, democratic, international society of scholars dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.” The purpose of the AKD is 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 in the human condition.

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