National Honors Societies

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, seeks 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.

In 1920 sociologist Emory S. Bogardus gathered faculty and graduate students together in order to discuss the research process and promote scholarly writing. It was then that AKD was formed.

The name Alpha Kappa Delta was chosen because the letters represent the first letters in the three Greek words that embody the function of society: anthropos, meaning humankind; katamanthano, meaning to examine closely or acquire knowledge; and diakoneo, meaning to do service. True to the intent of its founder, the goal of AKD is to promote scholarship, particularly student scholarship. Approximately 4,000 new lifetime members are inducted annually.

Edwin H. Sutherland Criminology Honor Society

The Sutherland Criminology Honor Society fosters a community of young scholars dedicated to enhancing their understanding of the causes, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. The Society also strives to link the social justice and service mission of the College to help its members become more well-rounded and effective academicians and practitioners in the many fields of criminology and criminal justice.

Founded in 2004 at Stonehill College, the Edwin H. Sutherland Criminology Honor Society is the College’s honors association that recognizes the outstanding achievements of its majors.

Named after the father of modern criminology, the society endeavors to foster a community of young scholars dedicated to enhancing their understanding of the causes, prevention, control and treatment of crime and delinquency. It also strives to link the social justice and service mission of the College to help its members become more well-rounded and effective academicians and practitioners, in the many fields of criminology and criminal justice.

The criteria for the Edwin H. Sutherland Criminology Honor Society are:

  • Junior or senior standing
  • Completion of five or more criminology courses
  • Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0
  • Criminology grade point average of at least 3.2
  • Rank in the top 35% of one’s class