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Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society

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About Sigma Tau Delta

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society whose central purpose is to confer distinction upon students of the 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.

A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. With over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States, there are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.

University of Delaware's active chapter, Mu Rho, was established in 1982. Members sponsor poetry readings and guest speakers, work closely with University of Delaware English faculty during special programs and events, and host semester events for all English majors. Our members have the opportunity to be recognized for their outstanding achievements, enrich their education, help them make career choices, and advance their careers.

Contact the Mu Rho chapter at SigmaTauDelta 

Why Become a Member?

Publication Opportunities

Members receive a one-year subscription to Sigma Tau Delta publications with their initial fee: the fall and spring Newsletterand the two literary publications, The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review. Members can submit papers for presentation at the International Convention that is held every spring. Members can submit papers for publication in The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review.

Scholarships & Prizes

Members can compete for several $1,000–$3,000 scholarships and awards. Members are eligible to apply for a merit-based $1000 scholarship to attend The Fund for American Studies (TFAS) Summer Institute or Capital Semester. This scholarship is available to one Sigma Tau Delta member though a partnership with the Association of College Honor Societies and TFAS. For more information, visit the ACHS website. Members are eligible for scholarships to help cover housing expenses in the internship program at The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC) through a partnership with Association of College Honor Societies. TWC is pleased to provide three $1,000 scholarships a year to Sigma Tau Delta members (both undergraduates and recent college graduates). For more information, please visit the ACHS website.

Internship Placements

Members can apply for internships through the Washington Internship Institute (WII), the premier internship program in Washington, DC. WII and the Association of College Honor Societies offer $500 scholarships to all Sigma Tau Delta members who participate in WII's program. Internships are available in ALL majors. Scholarships may be applied to either tuition or housing. For more information, visit the ACHS website. Members can also apply for internship opportunities with a major publishing company.

Membership Eligibility

Who is Eligible for Membership?

Full membership is contingent upon the following criteria: 

  • 45 college credit hours
  • 12 hours in English
  • GPA of 3.0 (cumulative)
  • GPA of 3.5 (English)
  • Major or minor in English

Associate membership is open to those who meet these criteria:

  • 30 college credit hours (9 in English)
  • GPA of 3.0 (cumulative)
  • GPA of 3.0 (English)

There is a one-time application fee of $50 for full members. We accept applications for membership all year. New members are formally inducted at our annual induction ceremony each spring. Full members will receive certificate and pin.

How To Apply

Contact Britney Henry for an application. ​

Advisors

Administrative Advisor: ​Britney Henry
Faculty​ Advisor: Alex Mckee​

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