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About 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 Society strives to

  • confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies;
  • provide, through its local chapters, cultural stimulation on college campuses and promote interest in literature and the English language in surrounding communities;
  • foster all aspects of the discipline of English, including literature, language, and writing;
  • promote exemplary character and good fellowship among its members;
  • exhibit high standards of academic excellence; and
  • serve society by fostering literacy.

With over 800 active chapters located in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and the Caribbean, there are more than 1,000 Faculty Sponsors, and approximately 9,000 members inducted annually.

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.

Sigma Tau Delta is also the proud sponsor of The National English Honor Society (NEHS). NEHS, a program of Sigma Tau Delta, serves students and faculty in high schools throughout the country and provides outreach to thousands of students and faculty who share a commitment to excellence in English language arts.

Sigma Tau Delta is in partnership with Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the English Honor Society for two-year colleges. Sigma Kappa Delta has 100 chapters and annually partners with Sigma Tau Delta to plan and promote the international convention.

Sigma Tau Delta is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the nation's only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.

A candidate for membership shall have a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond E110. The candidate shall have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average in English and in general scholarship, and shall have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work.

For scholarship opportunities for Sigma Tau Delta members please click the link below:
Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships

For information about Sigma Tau Delta publications and journals, including submission guidelines and distribution info, click here.