Sociology & Anthropology Honor Societies
Lambda Alpha, the National Collegiate Honors Society for Anthropology, was established in 1968 to recognize excellence in student achievement and to support student research. The national organization encourages individual chapters to promote anthropology by organizing programs that allow students and faculty to work together on projects of interest.
Cornell College's chapter, Epsilon of Iowa, was founded in 2007 by students seeking both acknowledgement of academic success and opportunities for service, especially service with a cross-cultural connection. Activities have been entirely student-driven, so have varied depending upon the interests of the membership. Events sponsored or supported by Cornell's chapter have included hosting international speakers and panel discussions, preparing international meals, going on fieldtrips, collecting linen and clothing for Trinidad, holding drives for school supplies for San Salvador, Bahamas and for San Pedro, Belize, and donating cash to the oldest women's cooperative in Belize.
To be eligible for lifetime membership in Lambda Alpha, students must meet the following criteria:
1. They must be a junior or a senior who has declared a Sociology and Anthropology (SAN) major, an Anthropology (ANT) minor, or an Individualized Major in Anthropology.
2. They must have completed at least 4 anthropology courses, although no more than 2 sociology courses can be counted toward this total.
3. They must have a 3.0 GPA in Anthropology/Sociology
4. They must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5.
Each year the National Office of Lambda Alpha awards one $5,000 scholarship to a graduating senior majoring in anthropology. It also encourages students to submit papers based on their own research to the Lambda Alpha Journal. Details of these national opportunities are available from the faculty sponsor of Cornell College's chapter.
Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honors Society, was established in 1920 to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and inflectional activities as will lead to improvement in the human condition.
The name, Alpha Kappa Delta, represents the first three letters of three Greek words: anthropon (mankind), katamanthanein (to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research) and diakonesein (for the purpose of service). The name, freely interpreted, signifies social research for the purpose of service
To be eligible for lifetime membership in Alpha Kappa Delta, students must meet the following criteria:
1. They must be a junior or a senior who has declared a Sociology (SOC) or a Sociology and Anthropology (SAN) major.
2. They must have completed at least 4 sociology courses at Cornell College.
3. They must have a 3.0 GPA in Sociology
4. They must have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or be ranked in the top 35% of their class.
Alpha Kappa Delta sponsors an annual student paper competition, provides travel grants for students to present at regional sociological meetings, and encourages students to submit papers based on their own research to Sociological Inquiry, the official journal of AKD. Details of these national opportunities are available from the faculty sponsor of Cornell College's chapter.