Student Sociological Organizations

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East Carolina University is the proud home of several organizations for sociology students. These organizations are designed to cater to the needs and interests of sociology students, allowing them to network with peers, faculty and attend national conferences. These organizations offer great opportunities for students to expand their knowledge of the many facets of sociology.

Undergraduate Sociological Society (USS)

The Undergraduate Sociology Society (USS), established in 1986, is a University recognized student organization. The organization is open to all sociology majors, minors and other interested parties. USS sponsors social events (e.g. "meet and greet" the faculty), field trips (e.g. Detention Center), workshops, (e.g. resume writing workshop), and volunteer activities (e.g. Tar River Clean Up Day).

For more information go to the Undergraduate Sociology Society's Facebook page or visit our website. You may also write the USS student officers for more information.


USS on Facebook

E-Mail USS Student Officers

Additional information regarding on-campus organizations for Sociology students may also be found by visiting our Facebook pages below.


Undergraduate Sociology Group

Graduate Sociology Group

Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society


Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is the international honor society for sociologists. It originated in the fall of 1920 in the department of sociology at the University of Southern California. Dr. Emory S. Bogardus, the department chair, proposed to the graduate students the formation of a society in which the students might become acquainted with each other's research projects and meet informally with the whole staff of the department. On November 21, 1920 fourteen of the department's faculty members and graduate students organized the first chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta for the purpose of exchange of ideas concerning sociological projects.

The name Alpha Kappa Delta was devised by Dr. Borgardus and adopted by the chapter members of the university of Southern California chapter. It represents the first letters of three Greek words:

  • Anthropon — mankind
  • Katamanthaneion — to investigate thoroughly or to conduct research
  • Diakonesein — for the purpose of service

The name therefore implies "social research for the purpose of service."

The Sociology department at East Carolina University received national recognition in 1966 with the installation of the Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta.

How To Join?

For up-to-date AKD membership information visit the National Alpha Kappa Delta website. Once on the national website under the "About AKD" tab click on "Eligibility and then "Benefits of Membership".

ECU AKD-Delta Chapter Co-Advisors:

Dr. Rebecca S. Powers (, Dr. Ken Wilson (


AKD-Delta Chapter  AKD-Delta Chapter


For more additional information regarding on-campus organizations for Sociology students may also be found by visiting our facebook pages below.

Undergraduate Sociology group
Graduate Sociology Group