Sigma Tau Delta, Iota Chi Chapter
California State University, Northridge

What is Sigma Tau Delta?                                                                                                     

Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honors Society. A member of the Association of College Honor Societies, it was founded in 1924 at Dakota Wesleyan University. The purposes of the Society are (a) to confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies; (b) to promote interest in literature and the English language on local campuses and their surrounding communities; and (c) to foster the discipline of English in all its aspects, including creative and critical writing.

There are over 450 chapters located in Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, and the United States. Some 125,000 members have been initiated over the years; among them have been such persons as Eudora Welty, James Dickey, Laurence Perrine, Howard Nemerov, Robert Bly, Frank Herbert, Walter J. Ong, S.J., and Stephen Spender. An international convention is held annually.

What are the advantages of joining?                                                             

Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It also serves as an incentive for continued high scholarship. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, and international levels. Members receive the Newsletter while they remain active in their local chapters. They also receive and have the opportunity to contribute to the award-winning literary publication, The Rectangle , and are eligible to compete for a number of prizes for excellent writing. Student members are also eligible to compete for several $1,750 scholarships and awards.