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

I. Personal Information

II. Preliminary Questions
III. How To Apply For Candidacy

If you can answer "yes" to each of the questions above, fill out Part III completely. Any courses you are currently taking MUST show the current grade and the signature of the professor. Any chapter may adopt for itself higher, but not lower, requirements than those listed above.
IV. Class Information

List all completed courses in English. Do not include courses which you are taking this semester. Also, show by name the college or university where you took each course and the grade you received.