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Sigma Tau Delta


Sigma Tau Delta is the international English Honor Society. A member of the Association of College Honor societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. EKU's Sigma Epsilon chapter was chartered in 1950. The purposes of the Society are:

  • to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
  • to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities; and
  • to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

There are over 470 chapters located in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Some 225,000 members have been initiated over the years; among them have been such persons as Eudora Welty, James Dickey, Laurence Perrine, Howard Nemerov, Robert Bly, Frank Herbert, Walter J. Ong SJ, Nikki Giovanni, and Stephen Spender. An international convention is held annually.

Who is eligible to join?
There are two categories of membership: active and associate. Active membership is available to students of sophomore year and above with a minimum GPA of 3.0, including graduate students in the upper third of their classes and honors students of any level.

Associate membership is available to currently enrolled students, undergraduate or graduate, who have the requisite academic background but who are not majoring or minoring in English. In addition, non-sponsoring faculty members with a degree in English may be associate members.

What are the advantages of membership in Sigma Tau Delta?
Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It also serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels. Members receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the society’s two journals, The Rectangle (for creative writing) and The Sigma Tau Delta Review (for critical essays), and are eligible to compete for a number of prizes for excellent writing. Student members are also eligible to compete for several scholarships and awards, worth up to $4,000.

How much does it cost?
There is a $40.00 one-time international initiation fee.

How do I join?

To join, you must meet all joining requirements stated above and then fill out the application form and return the application and fee to:

Dr. Tom Butler
Office: Mattox 209
Phone: 859-622-3076
Fax: 859-622-3156

Visit Sigma Tau Delta International for more information.


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