College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Sociology & Criminology

Alpha Kappa Delta- International Sociology Honor Society

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Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) seeks to recognize and to 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."

Alpha Kappa Delta was founded at the University of Southern California in 1920 by sociologist, Dr. Emory S. Bogardus. Its purpose is to foster scholarship, promote the scientific study of society, and to encourage student and faculty interchange. In 1924, the United Chapters of Alpha Kappa Delta was formed among the United States colleges and universities with the first foreign affiliate occurring in 1930.  Alpha Kappa Delta then became affiliated with the Association of College Honor Societies in 1967. Today, more than 490 chapters have been chartered in the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Finland, and the Philippines.  Over 80,000 scholars have been inducted into Alpha Kappa Delta.  (

The Butler Department of Sociology and Criminology established the Kappa of Indiana Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta in1989.  Throughout the following years, over 100 Butler sociology students have been initiated with most becoming leaders in academe and in professions such as law, social work and criminal justice.

Every spring during the department banquet, current AKD members participate with faculty in honoring and initiating new students who have attained academic excellence in sociology and their overall studies at Butler into the international honor society.  

Recent AKD Kappa members:


Haley Cook
Julia Harris
Dillen Klemchuk
Katherine Memsic
Ellen Tabler
Angela Toth
Shayna Williams


Katelin Biermann
Katie Clark
Laura Fennelly
Nicole Humphrey
Michael D. Moore
Brett Thomaston


Rachel Brummer
Kristyn Campbell
Virginia Christ
Katelin Clark
Lauren Hettinger
Grant Hunter
Stephanie Lander
Kaylee Regula
Bradley Vogelsmeier
Emily Welter
Trisha Wilcox