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Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society

  • Sigma Tau Delta: The International English Honor Society New Jersey City University’s Local Chapter: Alpha Iota Tau. Approximately every three semesters, the English Department hosts an induction ceremony for new members of Sigma Tau Delta. Since 2000, we have inducted 134 of our brightest, highest achieving majors.

    About Membership

    Student Membership is available to undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at a college or university with an active Sigma Tau Delta chapter .

    Candidates for undergraduate membership must have completed a minimum of two college courses in English language or literature beyond the usual requirements in freshman English. Candidates must have a minimum of a B or equivalent average in English and in general scholarship, rank* at least in the highest thirty-five percent of his/her class, and have completed at least three semesters or five quarters of college course work. (Local chapters may raise, but not lower, these criteria.) *This requirement may also be interpreted as "have an overall B average in general scholarship." (e.g., 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale).

    How much does it cost?

    Each new member pays a one-time international initiation fee of $40.

    What are the benefits of membership?

    Membership in Sigma Tau Delta is an outward recognition of personal accomplishment. It provides opportunities for those interested in English language and literature to join with like-minded persons on the local, regional, national, and international levels. Additional benefits are as follows.


    • Members receive a one-year subscription to Sigma Tau Delta publications with their initial fee: the fall and spring Newsletter and the two literary publications, The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review.
    • Members can compete for several $1,000 to $3,000 scholarships and awards.
    • Members can apply for internship opportunities with a major publishing company.
    • Members can submit papers for presentation at the International Convention that is held every spring.
    • Members can submit papers for publication in the The Rectangle and The Sigma Tau Delta Review.
    • Members meet one of the U.S. Civil Service Commission requirements for entrance at the GS-7 level in numerous professional and technical occupations in the Federal Service (see www.achsnatl.org/achsbene.asp ). This also means that students graduating with a B.S. or B.A., many of them entering at GS-5 level, move up considerably in the salary scale (up to $5000 or more per year) for membership in Sigma Tau Delta.
    • 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 www.achsnatl.org/wii_index.asp .
    • 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 www.achsnatl.org/tfas_index.asp .
    • 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 www.achsnatl.org/twc_index.asp .
    • Female members can take advantage of a complimentary membership to Women for Hire ($38 value), which offers advice, solutions, networking, tools, tips, and other career resources and guidance. Visit Women For Hire for full membership details. (To take advantage of the membership offer, email michelle@womenforhire.com and include Sigma Tau Delta in the subject line.)

    For more information, contact Dr. Michael Basile or Dr. Chris Wessman