Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta

International English Honor Society


What is 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.


            Sigma Tau Delta’s central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of 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 a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS), the nation’s only certifying agency for college and university honor societies.


What is the benefit of joining Sigma Tau Delta?

          Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment.  It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels.  Additional benefits are (to name just a few):

  • Members receive a one-year subscription to Sigma Tau Delta publications with their initial fee: the fall and spring Newsletter and the two literary publications, The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review.
  • Members can compete for several $1,000 to $3,000 scholarships and awards.
  • Members can apply for internship opportunities with a major publishing company.
  • Members can submit papers for presentation at the International Convention that is held every spring.


What are the eligibility requirements for membership?

          Student membership is available to undergraduate students currently enrolled at UC Davis who are declared English majors, who have completed at least five quarters of college course work, and who have a minimum upper division major GPA of 3.0 or above.


How much does it cost?

          Each new member pays a one-time international initiation fee of $40.



The English Department will invite members to enroll in late October.  Please watch for announcements via the English major email listserve!



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