Department of English

Clubs and Societies

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:

  • To confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate and professional studies.
  • To promote an interest in literature and the English language on campus and in the community.
  • To foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

Why Join Sigma Tau Delta?

Members of Sigma Tau Delta participate in monthly meetings, fundraisers, charity work, academic events and fun social events. In addition, members receive a one-year subscription to two Sigma Tau Delta journals with their initial fee and are encouraged to submit critical essays and creative writing for publication. Members can also compete for several $1,000 and $3,000 scholarships and awards and can submit papers for presentation at the International Convention held every spring.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible, undergraduates must have at least a 3.0 GPA in overall scholarship and a 3.2 in their English courses. They must also have completed at least two English courses beyond basic studies and be an English major, an English minor, or be in the process of earning a Teaching Licensure in English. They must also have completed at least 3 semesters of college course work.

Graduate students must have at least a 3.3 GPA in overall scholarship and must have completed at least 6 hours of graduate English courses to be eligible for Graduate Membership of Sigma Tau Delta. Graduate students who were a part of Sigma Tau Delta as undergraduates may simply have their membership transferred to our chapter.

Our chapter also offers Junior Membership for interested students who have not yet earned enough credits in English. Junior members must have an established GPA of 3.0 or higher and must have earned at least 12 hours of college credit. Junior members should apply for full membership once they are eligible.

How do I apply?

To apply, contact chapter advisor Amanda Coyne at or Morton Hall 103B.

*Application deadlines vary each semester but are always within the first few weeks of classes (typically the first week of September and the last week of January). Applications received after the deadline may be considered for the following semester.


Details are available in the English Department Office
or just email Amanda Coyne to find out more.