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The Sociology program at JSU has four active student organizations: The Sociology Club; WISE (Women's Issues, Support & Empowerment); JSU Students for Equality; and AKD (Alpha Kappa Delta). All serve similar, yet different functions on and off campus. Taken together, they all work toward unifying people, promoting social justice, as well as advocating for strong academic standards. Many students belong to several. Members of each organization have participated in academic conferences and performed volunteer work in the community, as well as sponsored campus and community events. 

For questions regarding each of these organizations, contact faculty sponsors  Dr. Tina H. Deshotels.

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the international Sociology honor society, and Jacksonville State
University is privileged to have one of its chapters.

Membership is by invitation only, and is limited to students that are advanced Sociology majors. To qualify for membership, the student must meet the stringent academic criteria established by the international society, and must be nominated by the Sociology faculty of JSU. The requirements for undergraduates are:

  • Must be an officially-declared sociology major or demonstrate a serious interest in sociology within an official program of the host institution.
  • Must be at least a junior (third year) by standards of the host institution.
  • Must have accumulated the equivalent of an overall GPA of 3.0 (by a four point scale where A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0) and rank in the top 35% of their class in general scholarship.
  • Must have maintained the equivalent of a 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution prior to initiation.
  • Must have completed at least four regular courses in sociology prior to initiation (exclusive of extension or courses graded pass/fail).

The sole purpose of the chapter of AKD is to honor excellent academic students in our program. Membership in this society is considered to be an outstanding achievement and a great honor.

Alpha Kappa Delta at JSU

In 1977, Dr. Rodney N. Friery began the process of establishing an AKD chapter, which was certified in 1978. Each chapter in each state is identified by a Greek letter in alphabetical order of the founding of that chapter within that state. The chapter at JSU was the seventh chapter in the state of Alabama, and was designated the "Eta" chapter. In 1978, 14 students were inducted. Since then, there have been over 200 student members.

The Sociology Club

The purpose of the sociology club is to promote professional, intellectual and personal growth, to encourage community consciousness by sponsoring activities of interest for students, to promote the ideas of serve and scholarship through the discipline of sociology, to cooperate with other organizations at JSU, to continually strive to serve the community and better understand the social forces shaping it.

Women's Issues Support and Empowerment  (WISE)

   Through education and activism we seek to connect individuals with solutions to the problems we face in order to create a more balanced world where women's issues are addressed, women are supported in their endeavors, and empowered to make changes in their lives and ultimately society.

JSU Students for Equality

   JSU Students for Equality is committed to diversity and inclusion through providing resources and advocacy for students from historically marginalized populations.  Our goal is to help retain and recruit these students while enhancing their experiences through programming, workshops, support groups, education and social events. 

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