Sigma Tau Delta

A Brief History

Sigma Tau Delta Sponsor: Prof. Jodi Ruf

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. Every year, Southern's Alpha Kappa Chi Chapter plans an induction ceremony and dinner to celebrate the achievements of its members and the acceptance of new members.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Sigma Tau Delta, please complete the application below. There is a one-time $40 international induction fee, which should be paid to Lisa Bilbrey Hyder in the English department office. 

Application for Candidacy

I. Personal Information
II. Preliminary Questions
Are you enrolled as an English major or minor?
Have you completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond ENGL-101 and ENGL-102?
Do you hold a minimum cumulative grade of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in English?
Do you hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale?
Have you completed at least three semesters of college courses?
III. How To Apply For Candidacy
If you answer "yes" to all of the questions above, fill out Part IV completely.
IV. Class Information
List all completed English courses. Do not include courses you are taking this semester. Include the name of the college or university where you took each course and the grade you received.