The Sociology program at JSU has three active student organizations: The Sociology Club; WISE (Women's Issues, Support & Empowerment); and AKD (Alpha Kappa Delta). All serve similar, yet different functions on and off campus. Taken together, they all work toward unifying people, pushing for social justice, as well as advocating for strong academic standards. Many students belong to all three. Members of each organization have participated in academic conferences and performed volunteer work in the community, as well as sponsored campus and community events.
The Sociology Club and WISE each have their own websites. For questions regarding each of these organizations, contact faculty sponsors Dr. Erin Rider for The Sociology Club; Dr. Tina H. Deshotels for WISE and AKD.
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.