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Sigma Tau Delta

"Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society" and organization seal

The Kappa Chi Chapter

Tarleton's began its journey with Sigma Tau Delta over 40 years ago, in March of 1987, as one of nearly 900 chapters. Through this organization, we are able to open the doors of opportunity for our student members. As a member of this club, you will experience academic, professional and personal growth. For more information about joining this elite organization please contact Dr. Moumin Quazi or Mr. Michael Dooley.

History of Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society. Founded in 1924 by Dr. Judson Q. Owen at Dakota Wesleyan College, the purpose of the organization is to recognize "undergraduates, graduates, and scholars in academia as well as upon professional writers who have recognized accomplishments in linguistic or literary realms of the English language."

  • There are more than four hundred chapters of Sigma Tau Delta throughout the United States and abroad.
  • The official colors of Sigma Tau Delta are cardinal and black.
  • The official flower is the red rose.
  • The official motto is "Sincerity, Truth, Design.

Requirements for Membership

Eligibility for Sigma Tau Delta begins at the junior level. The following conditions satisfy international requirements that Sigma Tau Delta members be in the highest 35% percent of their university:

  • Undergraduate students who are currently enrolled, who have an overall 3.0 GPA, and who have a 3.0 GPA in the last 6 completed hours of advanced English (sophomore level or above) are eligible for membership.
  • Graduate English students who are currently enrolled, who have completed a minimum of six graduate English hours, and who have an overall GPA of 3.3 are eligible for membership.
  • A one-time membership fee of $60 (this includes membership into the Honor Society, a set of cords for the graduation ceremony, a Sigma Tau Delta pin, newsletter, and a copy of the Rectangle (the Sigma Tau Delta journal, and the local Chapter's one-time dues). If you wish to purchase a stole or a medallion, please contact Dr. Quazi.

You do not need to be an English major or minor to be a member of Sigma Tau Delta.