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The Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice Studies has a chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), the International Sociology Honorary Society. The organization exists to “promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition” (AKD Handbook, 2001-02). Being a member of AKD potentially offers such benefits as travel assistance to sociology conferences, competitions and awards for sociological research, free one-year subscription to Sociological Inquiry, and funds for on-campus symposia and workshops. AKD Members who are Civil Service employees meet one of the requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level (an increase in pay-grade) if they list AKD membership on their applications (providing they enter at the GS-5 level).

To be eligible for membership, a student must:

  1. Be enrolled in a major or minor in a sociology program or a program sociological in nature;
  2. Be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution;
  3. Rank in the top 35% of your graduating class in general scholarship, or have an overall GPA of at least 3.3. on a 4-point scale;
  4. Have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 in Sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation
  5. Have completed at least 12 semester hours (usually three courses) in sociology prior to initiation.

Dr. Kristin Park is currently the Chapter Representative. Feel free to talk with her about your ideas for the chapter.

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2021:

Haley Domitrovich
Tiffany Eaton
Jace Ebbitt
Emily Gellatly
Alexis Jones
Christine Lowers Shannon Sullivan

2014 AKD Initiates

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2020:

Emily Cornman
Samantha Dubetz
MacKenzie Marino
Jordin McGehee
Alyssa Peters
Jessica Reabe
Brianna Richey
Kaitlin Travis
Hannah Westwood

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2018:

L to R:
Dr. Kristin Park, Chapter Advisor
Max Ungerman
Caitlyn Kreider
Delaney Saxton
Julie Halmo
Dr. Jamie Chapman

2014 AKD Initiates

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2017:

L to R:
Gabriella Fabish
Coty Gander
Caitlyn Kreider
Max Ungerman

2014 AKD Initiates

2017 Colloquium Speakers
Reflections from the Borderlands

Colloquium speakers

Jeff Simmons

Colloquium speakers

Wilma Oman

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2015:

Dr. Jamie Chapman, Chapter Advisor
L to R:
Charissa Mikoski
Jacqueline Decker
Panayiotis Constantine
Maija Belmar

2014 AKD Initiates

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2014:

Chelsey Isler
Maria McTighe
Dana Winkler
Emily Niles
Katie Lesnick

2014 AKD Initiates


Dr. Kathryn Brasier gave the AKD presentation at noon in Witherspoon Rooms Lakeview entitled "'Community Impacts of Marcellus Shale Development"

Dr. Kathryn Brasier

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2013:

Jennifer Ann Duvall
Gabrielle Marie Elisco
Colleen Elizabeth Costello
Tricia M. Johston
Lydia Katherine Hartzell
Rachel Leandra Sherman
Dr. Rena C. Zito
Dr. Kristenne M. Robison

2013 AKD Initiates

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2012:

Jennifer Cantella
Annalisa Ryding
Allison Ward
Joseph Ritchie
Jenna Aldom

2012 AKD Initiates

Following the banquet, Stephanie Crist presetned her research in a presentation entitled "Hungry for Funding:  in the U.S. Emergency Food Network."

Stephanie Crist

Congratulations to the Initiates of 2011:

Tyler Craig
Alexandra Elliot
Matthew Facciani
Katelyn Moga
Alex Scull
Amanda Trudeau

2011 AKD Initiates

(Katelyn Moga, Alex Scull, Alexandra Elliot)

Initiates of 2010:

Emileigh Drylie
Alan Baldwin
Brett Glavey

Initiates of 2009:

Lindsey Guthrie
Stephanie Lyons
William McCallion
Nicole Zappa

Initiates of 2008:

Brian Leonhard
Heather MacKenzie
Devon Patton
Katie Teagraden


What can you do with a Sociology degree?

Imagine yourself a sociologist, organizational planner, human resources manager, organizational researcher, or in a position with an international business or non-profit.