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Alpha Kappa Delta

Founded in 1920, Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is an international sociology honor society dedicated to the ideal of Athropon Katamannthanein Diakonesin or “to investigate humanity for the purpose of service.”  Its purpose 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.”

The James Madison University chapter of AKD was founded in 1981. Juniors and seniors who meet the following membership criteria are eligible for membership:

  1. Must be an officially declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
  2. Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution.
  3. Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.3 (by a four point scale where: A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship.
  4. Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.3 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
  5. Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

If you are interested in joining AKD, please contact Dr. Stephen Poulson at poulsosc@jmu.edu 

JMU Sociology Club

The JMU Sociology Club is organized around students who share an interest in the field of sociology. The organization welcomes both sociology majors and those who are interested in finding out about the field. The club would like to expand its horizons and a larger constituency is welcome. At base, the Sociology Club provides students with a chance to meet like-minded people and talk about common issues. Those interested can contact the club at jmusociclub.updates@gmail.com  

For updated information about meeting times and places, please check out our Facebook page, and please also visit our BeInvolved site.

Executive Officers: 
Rose Nealon
Halee Jones
Mary Minns

Sociology Assessment

February 9, 2016

On assessment day, Sociology seniors (those who plan to graduate in May 2018, Summer 2018, or December 2018) must complete TWO things, and all other Sociology majors must complete ONE thing. Please read the following information carefully:

Sociology SENIORS (those who plan to graduate in May 2018, Summer 2018, or December 2018) MUST COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING TWO things: 

(1)  Come to Burruss Hall 0236 at 9am to take a Sociology assessment exam on February 6th. Please mark your calendar.  You do not need to study for it, and it will not affect your academic grade, but it is VERY IMPORTANT for you to take the exam. IF you cannot take the assessment exam at 9am due to time conflict with another assessment exam (if you have minor or another major), please email me (tanakakx@jmu.edu) so that I can set up the alternative time for you to take the exam in my office. 

(2)  Take the Academic Skills Inventory through Canvas anytime on February 6th. Sometime in January, you will get an invitation to join the "Sociology Assessment SP18" space on Canvas. You do not need to study for it, and it mostly asks you about your experiences at the department. 

All other Sociology majors need to do ONE thing anytime on the assessment day (February 6th): take the Academic Skills Inventory on Canvas anytime on February 6th. Sometime in January, you will receive an email to accept joining the "Sociology Assessment SP18" space on Canvas. You do not need to study for it, and it mostly asks you about your experiences at the department. 

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kimiko Tanaka directly: tanakakx@jmu.edu 

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