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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 

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  

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

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