Honor Societies

Department Honor Society- The Honor Society of the Department of Sociology & Criminology  seeks to recognize the academic achievement and excellence of individuals with majors and minors in the fields of Sociology and Criminology. In addition, eligible students are invited to join the two honor societies with which the department is affiliated, Alpha Kappa Delta and Alpha Phi Sigma.





Alpha Kappa Delta - Alpha Kappa Delta is a certified member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a partner with the American Sociological Association (ASA). AKD is an international Honor Society of Sociology.  Since its inception in 1920, it has been dedicated to and encouraged its scholars in the scientific study and advancement of sociology and their commitment to the complex and diverse social problems of the world around us.


Requirements: Students who wish to be enrolled need to have a major or minor in a sociology program or a program sociological in nature, and should:

  • Be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution
  • Rank in the top 35% of their graduating class in general scholarship
  • Have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation
  • Have completed at least four courses (the equivalent of 12 semester hours) in sociology prior to initiation

AKD membership: There is a one-time membership fee of $50 for a lifetime.  For questions about the AKD chapter, please contact advisor AKD Chapter Advisor: Dr. Patricia Sanchez-Connally.







Alpha Phi Sigma- Alpha Phi Sigma is the only Criminal Justice Honor Society accredited by the association of College Honor Societies. Founded in 1942, Alpha Phi Sigma has sought to promote academic excellence and leadership for scholars who major in criminology and would later like to pursue a career in criminal justice.


Requirements: Students who wish to join Nu Kappa, FSU’s Chapter of APS need:


  • A major, minor or equivalent in the criminal justice or related field, have completed three full time semesters or its equivalent
  • A minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in courses in criminal justice related fields
  • Rank in the top 35% of their class.
  • A minimum of four courses of the above course work shall be in the criminal justice field.



APS membership: There is a one-time fee of $70 for a life-time membership.


For questions about the APS chapter, please contact APS Chapter Advisor, Dr. Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz.



Timeline for Membership


Early spring: Eligible candidates are identified by AKD and APS Chapter Advisors and invitations to apply are sent to candidates’ FSU email addresses.


Mid spring: Applications due. Students should submit to the Department of Sociology & Criminology. Those applying to APS and/or AKD should also submit their membership payment(s).


Late spring: Department award ceremony. Students are inducted into the honor societies and receive their certificates and regalia, to be worn at graduation.