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Sigma Tau Delta

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International English Honorary Society

Sigma Tau Delta's central purpose is to confer distinction upon 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.

One of the largest members of the Association of College Honor Societies, Sigma Tau Delta has over 600 active chapters, more than 900 faculty sponsors, and inducts approximately 7,000 members annually. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.


Membership Deadline
The deadline for joining in Fall 2011 is November 15. If you are interested in joining the campus chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, please visit this page and follow the directions.

Frequently-Asked Questions  

What is 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.

The purposes of the Society are as follows:

  • 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.

Who is eligible to join?  

  • If you are majoring in English, or
  • if you are minoring in English, or
  • if you are majoring in Education with an English concentration...

...you are eligible to join as long as you have at least a 3.0 GPA in English and at least a 2.5 GPA in all other classes.

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 the Newsletter while they remain active in their local chapters. They also receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publication, The Rectangle, and are eligible to compete for a number of prizes for excellent writing. Student members are also eligible to compete for several $1,750-$2,000 scholarships and awards.

How much does it cost?  

There is a $37 one-time international initiation fee, plus a small local fee.

More information  

Visit the national Sigma Tau Delta site.

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