The Department of Sociology has an active chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociological Honor Society, which was founded in 1920. Its stated purpose is to promote interest in the study of sociology, research of social problems, and other social and intellectual activities leading to the improvement of the human condition.
Each spring the Department recognizes those students who meet the academic requirements for membership in Alpha Kappa Delta. This takes place on a Friday evening in the Spring semester, so students may be joined by their members of their family. Over the years we have had a number of distinguished guest speakers for the occasion, including Dr. Laurence Bobo (a ‘79 LMU sociology graduate who has recently been appointed Director of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University), Dr. William V. D’Antonio (former Executive Officer of the American Sociological Association) who graduated from Yale University and Judge Frederick Lower (one of the first graduates of the LMU Sociology program (‘55) and former Dean of the Loyola School of Law). Following the formal induction ceremony, we celebrate the event with dinner. The evening is a special recognition of the dedication and accomplishments of our students and the support of their families.