Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is an international English honor society. The aim of the society is to promote a mastery of written expression, to encourage worthwhile reading, and to foster a spirit of good fellowship among students of the English language and literature. The society is an outgrowth of the English Club at the Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota. Plans worked out for the local group there met the approval of heads of the departments of English in other institutions, and resulted in the nationalization of the order, under its present name, in 1924. There are at present 400 chapters of Sigma Tau Delta. Theta Delta Chapter at Florence State Teacher's College, now the University of North Alabama, received its charter on February 2, 1936.

Types of Membership

  1. Regular (English major or minor)
  2. Associate (all other majors)


  1. Full Junior standing or above (Must have completed 64 semester hours)
  2. Minimum 3.5 average (on a 4.0 scale) for all English courses
  3. English majors must have completed a minimum of 12 credit hours in English at the 200 level or above.
  4. Associates (all other majors) must have completed a minimum of 15 credit hours in English at the 200 level or above

Advantages of Membership

  • Affiliation with a distinguished international honor society
  • Participation in meetings, initiations, social events, and programs of note; most social events, and all initiations offer a chance to meet and converse with UNA's English faculty
  • Access to scholarships (both undergraduate and graduate) and writing awards/opportunities for publication through The Rectangle (the society's official publication)
  • Participation in the Renaissance Faire in the fall and the UNA Writers' Series in the spring
  • Support of peers also interested in English

The local chapter inducts members once a year in the Spring (usually in early April), but eligibility is determined at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. Invitation letters are sent to eligible students early in the Spring semester.


  • Qualified students who have received a membership invitation email from Ms. Howell or Ms. Reid can pay their $60 initiation fee by scanning the QR code below or by visiting the University of North Alabama Marketplace Sigma Tau Delta link: Membership Dues or scan the QR code below: sigma-tau-delta-qr.png

For additional information, please contact Ms. Latasha Howell or Ms. Alaina Patterson through the Department of English.

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