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.
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:
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.
Women's Issues Support and Empowerment (WISE)
Through education and advocacy WISE works to create a more balanced world by empowering and inspiring women in all areas of life.
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.