Sigma Tau Delta
A Brief History
Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society, was founded in May 1924.
Its central purpose is to confer distinction upon outstanding students of the English
language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies. Sigma
Tau Delta also recognizes the accomplishments of professional writers who have contributed
to the fields of language and literature.
The name Sigma Tau Delta comes from the Greek letters representing the first letter of each of the words that form the official motto, "Sincerity, Truth, Design".
Through the work of chapters on the campuses of more than five hundred colleges and universities, Sigma Tau Delta provides exceptional students with opportunities for advancing the study of language and literature, for developing skills in creative and analytical writing and for meeting other scholars and professionals in the discipline of English.
Members of Sigma Tau Delta also have the opportunity to publish their writing in the organization's literary publication, The Rectangle, and students members are eligible to compete for a number of writing awards. In addition, student members may receive international recognition through academic scholarships, professional internships, and teaching awards. At regional conferences and at the annual international convention, students may present original creative and analytical work and network with students, faculty, and professionals from around the country and abroad.
The Society is anxious to enroll all eligible students but the requirements are quite
high, admission into Sigma Tau Delta is pending an intensive review of the application
below. Therefore, if you are interested in becoming a member, we must ask you to fill
out the application in all possible detail. There is a one-time $40 international
induction fee. Every year, Alpha Kappa Chi plans an induction ceremony and dinner
to celebrate the achievements of its members and the acceptance of new members.
Application for Candidacy
Sigma Tau Delta Sponsor: Jodi Ruf