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Sigma Tau Delta


The Alpha Epsilon Chi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, was inaugurated at the University of Tennessee in 1996. In addition to recognizing English majors with outstanding records, Sigma Tau Delta brings together students with an interest in writing, literature, and language in order to enhance their educational program through co-curricular activities. In the past Sigma Tau Delta has sponsored student-faculty mixers, social events, career panels, and group attendance at cultural events in campus and in the Knoxville area.

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, is composed of close to 600 chapters located throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean; it is the third largest of the 66 members of the Association of College Honors Societies. In addition to sponsoring scholarships and awards, Sigma Tau Delta organizes an annual convention. Students interested in learning more about the international honor society may do so at

FirstYearCompositionIn order to qualify for membership a student must be enrolled as an English major or minor, have completed at least three semesters of college work and two courses in English in addition to freshman writing, and have a 3.0 GPA and a 3.2 GPA in English courses. Currently enrolled students who are not English majors may be admitted as associate members if they meet the above requirements. The organization is open to undergraduates and graduate students. All students admitted into Sigma Tau Delta pay a $50 initiation fee, which includes dues for the national organization and local chapter.

Application forms for membership can be obtained in 311 McClung Tower or by clicking on the following link:

Completed forms should be taken to 311 McClung Tower. The annual membership drive takes place in February, though applications are accepted throughout the year. The application for the coming academic year will be due the first Monday of March. Students admitted into Sigma Tau Delta will be informed within two weeks of the application deadline; at this point, they will be asked to pay the $50 initiation fee. The induction ceremony and annual society reception are held in April.

Questions may be directed to Dr. Heather Hirschfeld at 974-5401 or

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