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.


  • Must be an officially declared sociology major or minor  
  • Must be at least a junior (third year)  
  • Shall rank in the top 35% of their graduating class in general scholarship 
  • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses prior to initiation 
  • Must have completed at least four courses in sociology prior to initiation

Lambda Epsilon Sigma

Stonehill’s campus-wide honor society, Lambda Epsilon Sigma, recognizes students from all areas of study. Students who have demonstrated a well-rounded thirst for knowledge are invited to apply.


  • Demonstrated academic excellence and a strong likelihood of graduating with at least a 3.50 GPA
  • Provided evidence of a thirst for knowledge that goes beyond the classroom into their extra-curricular activities
  • Contributed to the intellectual development of the Stonehill community
  • Exhibited an ability to communicate their thoughts effectively


Faculty Advisor - Alpha Kappa Delta

Jungyun Gill

Jungyun Gill

Associate Professor of Sociology, Sociology Department Chair