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General FAQ's

Who is eligible to join Sigma Kappa Delta?

Active members must meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in a two-year college with a Sigma Kappa Delta Chapter
  • Have completed a minimum of one college course (excluding developmental courses) in English language or literature
  • Have no grade lower than a B in English
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in general scholarship
  • Have completed at least one semester or two quarters of college course work for a cumulative total of twelve semester hours
  • Students are not required to be English majors

Why should I join Sigma Kappa Delta?

Some advantages include the following:

  • Prestige of membership in a national honor society
  • Apply for scholarships and awards
  • Vote at all chapter meetings of the society
  • Eligibility to serve as a chapter officer
  • Attend scholarly presentations and colloquia of the sponsoring academic department
  • Represent the local chapter at state, regional, and national conventions
  • Receive other benefits, such as publications, of the Society
  • Associate with other Sigma Kappa Delta members on local levels and regional levels and with Sigma Kappa Delta and Sigma Tau Delta members on the national level who share your interest in literature, the English language, and fine arts

How do I become a member of Sigma Kappa Delta?

  • Your school must have a local chapter of Sigma Kappa Delta
  • You should contact the local sponsor of the chapter who can explain steps in becoming a member
  • Check our Chapter Directory to find out if your school has a chapter and to find your local chapter's sponsor.

Is there a chapter at my school?

  • Go to the Chapter Directory on our website. Chapters are listed alphabetically by school name. If your school has a local chapter, the sponsor's name and contact information will be shown on this directory.

My school doesn't have a chapter. Can I still become a member?

  • To pursue the advantages of Sigma Kappa Delta membership, contact the chair of your English department for assistance in establishing a chapter or ask an English faculty member if s/he would help you charter a chapter at your school
  • Only a full-time faculty member can verify eligibility for membership, so it is imperative that a school first have a chapter with a faculty sponsor
  • Also, see Chartering a Chapter on the menu of this site

Can I lose membership in Sigma Kappa Delta?

  • No: Once a member, always a member. Dues are for lifetime membership

How do I replace a membership certificate that has been lost or ruined?

  • Contact your Chapter Sponsor to request a replacement certificate. A replacement certificate will be mailed to the Chapter Sponsor for a fee of $5.00.

Am I eligible for awards and scholarships? 

  • Sigma Kappa Delta offers various awards and scholarships. You may be eligible for some but not for others. Read the directions/criteria for each award/scholarship carefully. Please see the scholarship/award information on this website for specific information.  

What is Sigma Kappa Delta's relationship to Sigma Tau Delta?

  • We consider Sigma Tau Delta our "parent" organization.
  • We do attend their national convention and are considered a valuable part of their convention activities. However, Sigma Kappa Delta membership does not guarantee membership in Sigma Tau Delta.

How do I submit an article to be published in Hedera helix, Sigma Kappa Delta's national journal?

What are the responsibilities of local chapter officers?

  • A list of responsibilities of the local chapter officers is in the Chapter Handbook Section 7 (pg 12).

Check our homepage: "Publications"



Sigma Kappa Delta National Office
Calhoun Community College
Department of Language and Literature
P.O. Box 2216
Decatur, AL 35609-2216

National Sigma Kappa Delta Headquarters
Calhoun Community College
, PO Box 2216 Decatur, AL 35609
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