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Honor Societies

Lambda Alpha

The National Collegiate Honor Society for Anthropology is Lambda Alpha (LA), and UMBC belongs to the Beta Chapter. The purpose of the society is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Anthropology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline among students, faculty and other persons engaged in the study of Anthropology.

Undergraduates must be currently enrolled and have completed no less than twelve (12) semester hours or the equivalent in academic Anthropology (at UMBC), and have an average grade in these courses of no less than a “B” or 3.0 and a cumulative GPA of 2.5.

The cost for an individual lifetime membership in the society is $25. Members may purchase a Lambda Alpha cord to wear at commencement for $8. Students who are qualified will be contacted with details early in the Spring semester, and will be honored at a ceremony held at the end of the semester.

Alpha Kappa Delta

The International Honor Society for Sociology is Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD), and UMBC belongs to the IOTA Chapter. The purpose of the society is to encourage and stimulate scholarship and research in Sociology by recognizing and honoring superior achievement in the discipline.

Undergraduates must be an officially declared sociology major or minor, have attained at least junior status (60 credits), overall 3.3 GPA, 3.0 GPA in sociology courses taken at the host institution, and must have completed four sociology courses at UMBC.

Graduate students must be officially admitted to the master’s program in sociology, have completed one full semester (9 credits) of the program, have an overall GPA of 3.0, and be currently enrolled in the program.

The cost for an individual lifetime membership in the society is $40. Members also receive one free year of Sociological Inquiry. Members may purchase an Alpha Kappa Delta cord to wear at commencement for $10. Students who are qualified will be contacted with details early in the Spring semester, and will be honored at a ceremony held at the end of the semester.